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» Admiralty Law:
admiralty and marine law is the branch of law that relates to commerce and navigation on the high seas or other navigable waters.

Admiralty law and maritime laws encompass a wide range of legal issues. These issues include the law of marine insurance and the law of the sea, barges, ships, shipping, commercial vessels, fisheries, offshore oil and gas rigs, semi-submersible drilling rigs, jack-up drilling rigs, commerce, seamen, passengers and cargoes, salvage, towing and towage, wharves, piers, docks, insurance, maritime liens, canals, pleasure and recreation water craft, and even piracy (ship hijacking).

The Constitution grants federal courts the exclusive ability to hear admiralty law cases.

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