Alaskan Harbor
            The Law Office of

            MARK C. MANNING, P.C.

Admiralty, Maritime & Fisheries Practice and

General Civil Litigation & Commercial Advice

 Since 1981

Activities and commerce involving vessels or the waterfront occur in a different legal and practical world from similar activities ashore. This world is unfamiliar to most lawyers, who do not practice in it regularly. Mark Manning has been assisting clients as an attorney in the Alaska maritime world for 29 years.

Claims arising from vessel collision, personal injury and other accidents, and from commercial and personal disputes must be resolved by negotiation, litigation, arbitration or mediation. Insurance disputes develop, equipment and supplies are purchased, mortgages are taken out, liens arise, debts must be collected, employment disputes develop, cargo damage happens, business issues must be addressed, pollution occurs, and insurance, sale, charter, lease, repair and other contracts must be negotiated.

When such activities occur ashore, they are generally governed by Alaska state law. But when they occur in the maritime world, they are usually governed by federal admiralty and maritime law, or by some combination of federal and Alaska state law. If you have a legal matter that requires experience in this world, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office to discuss how we can help you.

Examples of the maritime court, arbitration and other matters we have handled:

Crewman’s fall down dock ramp arrest of freighter in Dutch Harbor to foreclose maritime fuel lien divorce involving Alaskan fishing business claim for defective processed fish under U.N. Convention on International Sale of Goods marine insurance broker malpractice for failing to place excess P&I insurance Prince William Sound purse seiner collision lost fishing profits claim • slip- and- fall on cruise ship deck subrogation claim for lost cargo • arrest of sister fish tenders in Egegik to foreclose preferred ship mortgages • representation of Responsible Party in fuel spill • lighter passenger’s claim for hip injury • tug owner’s grounding claim against geophysical survey firm • violation of “safe berth” clause in tanker voyage charter • arrest of trawler in Kodiak to foreclose maritime repair lien • claim for salvage of fishing vessel • arrest of tug in Southeast Alaska to foreclose necessaries lien • crewman’s false claim for shoulder injury • fishing vessel crew man’s death due to swamping • limitation of vessel owner’s liability for crewman death • drunk crewman’s death in one-car accident • false claim against harbor master for negligent care of vessel • death due to fall from wharf • false claim for unpaid moorage • breach of contract to fish sable fish quota shares • personal injury claims due to collision of pleasure boats on Big Lake • defense of criminal prosecution for negligent vessel handling following river boat collision • personal injury and vessel damage caused by Bristol Bay gill netter collision • collection of unpaid charter hire.


1000 O'Malley Road,  Suite 202
Anchorage, AK 99515-3083
tel: (907) 278-9794 • cell: (907)440-1548 • fax: (907) 278-1169