International versus local maritime laws: which domain is more operational and why?
International maritime laws are typically more uniform and comprehensive in nature, covering a wide range of issues including safety, navigation, environmental protection, and the rights and responsibilities of vessel owners and operators. They provide a consistent legal framework that is essential for the smooth operation of international trade and other activities involving ships and vessels, and are enforced by international organizations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO). On the other hand, local maritime laws apply only within a specific country or jurisdiction, and may vary significantly from one place to another. They may be more operational in some situations because they are tailored to address the unique needs and concerns of a particular jurisdiction, and may be enforced by national or regional authorities. In certain situations, international maritime laws may take precedence over local maritime laws, such as if a vessel is involved in a collision or other incident on the high seas, or if a vessel is operating in international waters.