2019 US Code
Title 46 - Shipping
Subtitle III - Maritime Liability
Chapter 301 - General Liability Provisions
Sec. 30101 - Extension of jurisdiction to cases of damage or injury on land

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Citation 46 U.S.C. § 30101 (2019)
Section Name §30101. Extension of jurisdiction to cases of damage or injury on land
Section Text

(a) In General.—The admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States extends to and includes cases of injury or damage, to person or property, caused by a vessel on navigable waters, even though the injury or damage is done or consummated on land.

(b) Procedure.—A civil action in a case under subsection (a) may be brought in rem or in personam according to the principles of law and the rules of practice applicable in cases where the injury or damage has been done and consummated on navigable waters.

(c) Actions Against United States.—

(1) Exclusive remedy.—In a civil action against the United States for injury or damage done or consummated on land by a vessel on navigable waters, chapter 309 or 311 of this title, as appropriate, provides the exclusive remedy.

(2) Administrative claim.—A civil action described in paragraph (1) may not be brought until the expiration of the 6-month period after the claim has been presented in writing to the agency owning or operating the vessel causing the injury or damage.

Source Credit

(Pub. L. 109–304, §6(c), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1509.)

Editorial Notes
Historical and Revision Notes
Revised SectionSource (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
30101 46 App.:740. June 19, 1948, ch. 526, 62 Stat. 496.

In subsections (b) and (c), the words "civil action" are substituted for "suit" for consistency with rule 2 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (28 App. U.S.C.).

In subsection (c)(1), the words "for all causes of action arising after June 19, 1948, and for all causes of action where suit has not been hitherto filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act" are omitted as obsolete.


A prior section 30101, Pub. L. 100–710, title I, §102(c), Nov. 23, 1988, 102 Stat. 4738, provided definitions for purposes of this subtitle, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 109–304, §6(b), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1509.


This section is popularly known as the Admiralty Extension Act.

Publication Title United States Code, 2018 Edition, Supplement 1, Title 46 - SHIPPING
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle III - Maritime Liability
Sec. 30101 - Extension of jurisdiction to cases of damage or injury on land
Contains section 30101
Date 2019
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 24, 2020
Positive Law Yes
Disposition standard
Short Titles Admiralty Extension Act.
Statutes at Large References 62 Stat. 496
102 Stat. 4738
120 Stat. 1509
Public Law References Public Law 100-710, Public Law 109-304
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