Vessel Status: Rulings in the US Courts

Collated by: M. Rubaiyat Rahman

Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, 133 S. Ct. 735 (Jan. 2013)


The Supreme Court held that a “floating home” was not a “vessel”. The court argued that a reasonable observer, looking at the structure’s physical characteristics and activities, would not have considered it designed to a practical degree for carrying people or things over water. As a result, there was no admiralty jurisdiction over the City’s in rem suit against Mr. Lozman’s home.

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