Perils of the Sea Law and Legal Definition

Perils of the sea refers to the natural accidents peculiar to the sea. It can be maritime accidents and dangers such as storms, waves, wind, collision of the vessel, fire, smoke and noxious fumes; sinking, flooding and capsizing, loss of propulsion or steering, and any other hazards resulting from the unique environment of the sea. Other than inevitable perils or accidents upon the sea are not excused, whether there is a bill of lading containing the expression of peril of the sea. It also includes accidents caused as a result of stranding, striking a submerged object, or encountering heavy weather or other unusual forces of nature.