seaworthy


seaworthy
Ability to withstand ordinary stress of wind, waves and other weather which the vessel might normally be expected to encounter. Miles v. Royal Indem. Co., Tex.Civ.App., 589 S.W.2d 725, 729.
This adjective, as applied to a vessel, signifies that she is properly constructed, prepared, manned, equipped, and provided, for the voyage intended. Robichaux v. Kerr McGee Oil Industries, D.Cila., 317 F.Supp. 587, 591.
A seaworthy vessel must, in general, be sufficiently strong and staunch and equipped with appropriate appurtenances to allow it to safely engage in trade for which it was intended. Texaco v. Universal Marine, Inc., D.C. La., 400 F.Supp. 311, 320.
It is an implied condition of all policies of marine insurance, unless otherwise expressly stipulated, that the vessel shall be seaworthy.
In marine insurance, a warranty of seaworthiness means that the vessel is competent to resist the ordinary attacks of wind and weather, and is competently equipped and manned for the voyage, with a sufficient crew, and with sufficient means to sustain them, and with a captain of general good character and nautical skill. A warranty of seaworthiness extends not only to the condition of the structure of the ship itself, but requires that it be properly laden, and provided with a competent master, a sufficient number of competent officers and seamen, and the requisite appurtenances and equipments, such as ballast, cables and anchors, cordage and sails, food, water, fuel, and lights, and other necessary or proper stores and implements for the voyage.
See also unseaworthy

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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