Legal Question in Admiralty Law in California

Can you please tell me if there are crew requirements for commercial boats based on capacity and size of the vessel? ( ie how many deckhands, how many captains are required by law to operate a commercial passenger vessel)

Asked on 2/25/11, 2:16 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Timothy McCormick Haapala, Thompson & Abern, LLP

There must be one captain aboard with a "Master" license for the category of vessel under his or her command. The captain is responsible for determining the crew complement necessary for safe operation of the vessel.

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Answered on 3/10/11, 12:17 pm

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