Maritime Law in California

California is the most populous state in the United States with approximately 39.5 million people. The two most prominent rivers within California are the Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River, which converge in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. These rivers flow to the Pacific Ocean through San Francisco Bay.

California’s extensive water infrastructure system, with its dams, reservoirs, aqueducts, power plants and other water related infrastructure is the world’s largest, managing over 40 million acres of water per year. California’s interconnected water system also serves over 30 million people and irrigates over 5,680,000 acres of farmland.

California seaports are a major economic force and are a critical element to the growth of California and the nation’s economy. Seaports are responsible for the movement of goods in international trade and are relied upon to efficiently distribute freight around the globe and across the nation.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach comprise the largest port complex in the United States and are key players in global enterprise. Together, they handle a fourth of all container cargo traffic in the United States. The Port of Oakland, consistently one of the top ten busiest ports in the nation, handles trade from the Pacific Rim countries, delivering 99% of the ocean containers passing through Northern California to the rest of the nation.

According to the California Department of Transportation, California has 11 public ports, which include:

  • three (3) “mega-ports” (Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland);
  • eight (8) smaller niche ports (Hueneme, Humboldt Bay, Redwood City, Richmond, West Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and Stockton); and
  • one (1) private port (Benicia).

The ports of Oakland, Stockton, and West Sacramento are developing a new barge shipping service funded through a federal TIGER grant.

The Port of San Francisco is responsible for the seven and a half miles of San Francisco’s Waterfront adjacent to San Francisco Bay. The port in San Francisco, CA, develops, markets, leases, administers, manages, and maintains this waterfront.

The operating portfolio for the Port of San Francisco is composed of more than five hundred fifty (550+) ground commercial, retail, office, industrial and maritime industrial leases. The leases include internationally recognized landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf, PIER 39, the Ferry Building, and AT&T Park.

California Maritime Injury Attorney

When the negligence of a vessel owner, maritime employer, or other maritime entity contributed to your injury, you have a right to recover damages under maritime law.

If you are a seaman, a harbor worker, or an offshore worker who has suffered injuries in California, including the Bay Area and in places like San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland, or San Jose, or in Southern California, including Los Angeles or San Diego, contact the knowledgeable maritime injury attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP today.

With decades of combined experience and a drive that originates from their own passion for maritime pursuits, the maritime injury lawyers of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP have what it takes to fight for maximum compensation in your case.

To find out what Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can do for you, please call 1 (800) 262-8529 today to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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Proudly Serving the California Maritime Industry

The experienced maritime injury attorneys of Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP are both passionate and knowledgeable about the maritime industry in California.

Maritime law involving injuries to maritime workers can be quite complicated, whether you are a dockworker, an offshore worker, or a seaman.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) most likely applies to you if you are a shoreside worker injured on the job, including a longshoremen, harbor worker, shipbuilder, or shipyard worker.

Claims under LHWCA are not under tort-related law, but rather a protection that operates under a similar premise as workers’ compensation. Unlike workers’ compensation claims, however, it does allow a worker covered to bring a claim against a vessel if its negligence caused the injury.

Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP represents longshoremen, harbor workers, and other maritime employees who work shoreside in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and elsewhere in the Bay Area and throughout California.

For seamen working on board container ships, passenger transportation vessels, ocean carriers, commercial fishing vessels, barges, domestic shipping vessels, boats, and other vessels that support California’s maritime economy, a maritime injury claim may be brought under the Jones Act and general maritime law.

The Jones Act and general maritime law provide remedies for seamen when they become injured in an accident or fall ill in the service of a ship.

The experienced maritime injury attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP can help you determine what body of law applies to your claim.

If you have suffered an injury as a seaman, longshoreman, or another maritime employee in San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, Eureka, or elsewhere in the Bay Area or California, contact Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP to fight for maximum compensation in your case.

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Prominent California Ports

The busiest ports in the State of California include:

  • Port of Humboldt Bay
  • Port of Hueneme
  • Port of Long Beach
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Port of Oakland
  • Port of Redwood City
  • Port of Richmond
  • Port of San Diego
  • Port of San Francisco
  • Port of Stockton
  • Port of West Sacramento

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Important Bodies of Water in California

The most important bodies of water in California for maritime cases include:

  • Lake Tahoe
  • The Gulf of California aka The Sea of Cortez
  • The Sacramento River
  • The San Joaquin River
  • Salton Sea
  • Clear Lake
  • Lake Shasta
  • San Francisco Bay

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Additional Resources

Port of San Francisco – The Port of San Francisco manages the waterfront as the gateway to a world-class city and advances environmentally and financially sustainable maritime, recreational, and economic opportunities to serve the City, Bay Area, and California. View this website to find more information about the port such as the San Francisco property map and the port’s plan for 2016-2021.

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Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP | Maritime Injury Attorneys in California

If you are a maritime employee such as a commercial fisherman, merchant marine, or shipbuilder, and have been injured on the job or offshore in or around EurekaSan Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Richmond, or elsewhere in the Bay Area or California , contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP today.

Our maritime lawyers have offices conveniently located in San Francisco, California.

Our attorneys can build a strong case against the at-fault party for fair compensation for your injuries under the Jones Act, general maritime law, the LHWCA, and other maritime laws.

Call the lawyers at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, LLP by calling 1 (800) 262-8529 today for a free and confidential consultation.


  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
    The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee.
  • Washington State Bar Association
    The Washington State Bar Association operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state's nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals.
  • Oregon State Bar
    The Oregon State Bar is a government agency in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 1890 as the private Oregon Bar Association, it became a public entity in 1935 that regulates the legal profession.
  • Alaska Bar Association
    The Alaska Bar Association is a mandatory bar association responsible to the Alaska Supreme Court for the admission and discipline process of attorneys for the State of Alaska.