Many types of torts have been considered maritime in nature and thus within admiralty jurisdiction, including the following cases:
- claims for personal injuries sustained on board a ship in navigable water,
- or aboard a vessel moored to a wharf in navigable water;
- or for injuries suffered by a worker engaged in repairing a bridge from a vessel moored in navigable water;
- and suits involving breach of the duty to furnish a seaworthy ship;
- assault and battery aboard a ship;
- false detainer or arrest aboard a ship, even by the United States Coast Guard;
- conversion; trespass; and abuse of process aboard a ship
- a scuba diver’s claim against the crew of a vessel that transported him to a dive site
- A claim for fraud in inducing the release of the attachment of a vessel, and
- the flight of the vessel, were not maritime in nature so as to give rise to admiralty jurisdiction.
Analysis of a maritime tort is guided by general principles of negligence law, such as whether the tortfeasor owed a duty to the person injured.[i]
[i] Consolidated Aluminum Corp. v. C.F. Bean Corp., 833 F.2d 65 (5th Cir. 1987).