The Supreme Court today granted certiorari in the case of Lozman v. The City of Riviera Beach, Florida. At issue is whether a floating structure that is indefinitely moored, receives power and other utilities from shore, and is not intended to be used in maritime transportation or commerce constitutes a “vessel” under 1 U.S.C. § 3, thus triggering federal maritime jurisdiction.
Justia.com summarizes the case HERE.
Rule 3 states: (a) The word “vessel” includes every description of watercraft, including non-displacement craft, WIG craft [Intl], and seaplanes, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water.
(Thanks to Bob Kegel for the link. This will be an interesting case to follow. Lot’s of folks attach small engines or outboards to barges so that they can be no question as its purpose.)