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Admiralty or Maritime Law is defined as a group of laws, conventions and treaties that regulate international private business. It also governs entities that involves ships, shipping and crimes that occur on open water. In the past Maritime law would focus on oceanic issues, but now it has expanded to cover lakes and rivers which would be categorized as public bodies of water. In addition they cover interactions between two or more ships.

Millions of people choose cruising as a means of travel because of the fun atmosphere, ability to have unlimited access gambling and alcohol without encountering the hassle of arrest. However the lack of red tape while aboard a cruise ship can become a big problem if you are ever a victim of a crime will cruising. Although ships incidents such as on board fires, piracy and crashing into objects are rare they do occur. Between 2004 and 2008 almost 30 people have been reported missing. Out of that only 3 have been found. There were also over 200 sexual assault claims filed.

The frequency in cruise ship crimes is not the issue. The issue is prosecuting offenders and enforcing Maritime law. Because these crimes take place on the water, sometimes that results in the crime not being properly investigated. The crimes that are investigated have rarely solved.

One of the factors that affect the investigation of a crime that occurs on a ship is that the cruise is not required to report the claims to officials. The responsibility normally falls under the flag state the cruise ship is sailing under.

It you have been hurt or victimized while on a cruise ship or an open body of water it is important to find the right Maritime attorney, Due to the fact that Maritime law is not as discussed as other law avenue. Finding a seasoned attorney can be challenging. For more information on Maritime Law and claims Contact the Law office of Roxell Richards.