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Maritime and Admiralty Law in Anchorage

The city of Anchorage is the most populous city in the State of Alaska, with a population just under 300,000. Anchorage is located in the south-central portion of Alaska at the end of Cook Inlet. Alaska has a maritime border with the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and the Pacific Ocean.

Alaska’s economy is dominated by the fishing, natural gas, mining, and oil industries. It is the northernmost state in the United States and is bordered by the Yukon Territory and British of Columbia in Canada.

When a seaman is injured while in service to a vessel, they may be eligible for compensation. This may include compensation for Maintenance and Cure, Unearned Wages, Unseaworthiness, Wrongful Death, and Negligence. Seamen are referred to by the courts as the “wards of admiralty” which means that they are protected by many unique maritime laws.

Unlike shore-side workers, an injured seaman is not covered by workers’ compensation laws. Rather, the seaman may bring a claim under the Jones Act for the negligence of an employer, a captain, and fellow crewmembers. The maritime employer has a no-fault obligation to provide injured seaman maintenance and cure for injuries occurring while the seaman is in the service of the vessel.

Under the general maritime law of unseaworthiness, a vessel owner owes all seamen working on its vessel a duty to ensure that all vessel equipment and crew are fit. A seaman injured or killed due to faulty vessel equipment is entitled to compensation.

Maritime Attorneys in Anchorage

The attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC have represented injured seamen and their families in claims against vessel owners, maritime employers, and maritime insurance companies throughout Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and California.

If you or a loved one have been injured in Anchorage, Kodiak, or Unalaska, Alaska contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC today.


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The Jones Act

The Jones Act was passed in 1920 to help injured seamen recover from their employers. Working on or around water can be very dangerous, and maritime workers have an increased risk of on the job injury.

As a result, the Jones Act provides special legal remedies to help ensure that injured seamen get appropriate compensation and care following an injury. The Jones Act can be very complex, it is important to speak with the attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC who are familiar with the issues and benefits of the Jones Act and can effectively represent your claim.


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Areas We Serve in Anchorage, Alaska

Some areas we serve in Anchorage include, but are not limited to, these communities:

  • Airport Heights – 99508
  • Basher – 99507
  • Bayshore – 99515
  • Downtown Anchorage – 99501
  • Fairview – 99501
  • Government Hill – 99501
  • Midtown – 99503
  • Mountain View – 99508
  • North Star – 99503
  • Oceanview – 99515
  • Sand Lake – 99502
  • South Addition – 99501

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The Port of Alaska

Large portions of the local economy depend on Anchorage’s geographical location and surrounding natural resources. The Port of Alaska, formerly the Port of Anchorage is a deepwater port that receives eighty-five percent of all goods destined for Alaska. The port is distinguished from other types of municipal departments largely because it generates enough revenue to support its operations without being a burden to Anchorage taxpayers.

Seventy-four percent of all the waterborne freight and ninety-five percent of the refined petroleum products entering Southcentral Alaska enter through the Port of Alaska. Port facilities include three cargo terminals and two petroleum terminals.


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Alaska Resources

The Municipality of Anchorage – Click here to see the official website of Anchorage, Alaska.

Port of Alaska – View this website to see more information about the Port of Alaska, formerly the Port of Anchorage, and its operations.

Port of Anchorage
2000 Anchorage Port Road
Anchorage, AK 99501.

Alaska Court System – In order to file a maritime claim, view this website.

Anchorage Court System
825 W 4th Ave
Anchorage AK 99501-2004
(907) 264-0514

Kodiak Court System
204 Mission Road, Rm 124
Kodiak AK 99615-7312
(907) 486-1600

Unalaska Court System
204 West Broadway Ave
Unalaska, AK 99685- 0245
(907) 581-1379

Appellate Courts
303 K Street
Anchorage AK 99501-2084
(907) 264-0612


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Anchorage Alaska Maritime Attorney

For those hurt in a maritime accident at sea or onshore, contact the attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC as soon as possible. We have successfully recovered compensation on behalf of our clients for over 40 years. We proudly serve Alaska, including Anchorage, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, and Unalaska.

It is in your best interest to speak with our maritime attorneys before you make any statements or agree to any settlements. Contact the maritime lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC by calling 1 (800) 262-8529 today to request a free initial consultation.


This article was last updated on Friday, September 7, 2018

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