Unseaworthiness is a concept based on general maritime law that warrants that the vessel is reasonably fit for the intended use at sea.

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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.