Maritime law and admiralty law are often used interchangeably, but there are key differences. Maritime law is the body of laws governing all activities related to maritime activities, such as contracts, insurance policies, and regulations.
Admiralty law specifically refers to the legal rules governing disputes arising out of incidents occurring at sea or involving vessels in navigable waters. It covers topics such as collisions and other damages caused by vessels. Admiralty law is also the body of laws that governs maritime crimes, such as piracy and smuggling. In some cases, admiralty law supersedes local maritime laws, while in others it may be treated as an extension of those laws.