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general maritime law

A common law concept whose origin is rooted in historic sea codes and requires the owner of the vessel to provide the entire crew with transportation, wages, room and board (maintenance), and medical services (cure) for the duration of the voyage. This condition applies even if the illness or injury is not job related. Further, the crew member may sue the owner of the ship for additional damages by citing the unseaworthiness of the craft. See also Maintenance, cure, and wages.

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