Concept based on general maritime law that warrants that the vessel is
reasonably fit for the intended use at sea. Note that the warranty of
fitness may extend beyond defective equipment to include such things as lack
of proper lifesaving equipment, absence of bathroom facilities, inadequate
lighting, a vicious crew, improper stowage, unsafe means of boarding and
departing a vessel, and unsafe or improper tools. When the warranty is breached and
the ship is shown to be unseaworthy, a no-fault liability is imposed on the shipowner or charterer to make restitution for the injury or death of the individual.
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