Admiralty Extension Act of 1948 [AEA] Law and Legal Definition

The Admiralty Extension Act (AEA) is a statute of 1948 which extends admiralty jurisdiction inland to include all cases in which damage or injury is caused by a vessel on navigable water, regardless of where the injury or damage occurred. The Act extended jurisdiction over damages and injuries that a vessel causes on land, such as to bridges and piers or to people on them. This provision allows admiralty and maritime jurisdiction to cover those injured on land by some appurtenance of the ship. Thus, those maritime employees injured on land while working near their vessel are covered under maritime law through the AEA. The Act also extends the benefit of maritime jurisdiction to those injured while involved in the loading, unloading or storage of vessel cargo. The Act is codified at 46 USCA app. § 740.