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An unseaworthiness claim is related to the Jones Act. A vessel owner owes seaman a duty to provide a seaworthy vessel – one fit to work and live. An unseaworthiness claim includes unsafe conditions existing on the vessel and its equipment, including dangerous conditions arising during the voyage or created by employees or independent contractors. Unlike the Jones Act claims, which is against the seaman’s employer, an unseaworthiness claim is made against the vessel’s owner.

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