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Does U.S. territory extend into the ocean?

The United States exercises sovereignty in the water around its territories. Individual states also enjoy some sovereignty in the waters along their borders. As such, ships in certain parts of the ocean may be subject to U.S. laws. In some cases, U.S. laws regarding oceangoing vessels also apply outside the United States’ territorial waters. If you are involved in shipping, drilling, or other offshore activities, it is important to understand the relevant maritime laws in case of an accident.

If you have questions about a specific aspect of U.S. maritime law, contact the San Diego maritime lawyers of Ritter & Associates. We are intricately familiar with laws regulating international shipping and cruising as well as other maritime issues, and we may be able to help. Contact us at (619) 296-0123 for more information about territorial waters and the U.S. legal system.

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