Abbreviated AEA. Under the Admiralty Extension Act jurisdiction extends to the claims for shore side damages as well as to those directly involving the waterway. The Admiralty Extension Act provides in part: The admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the United States shall extend to and include all cases of damage or injury, to person or property, caused by a vessel on navigable water, notwithstanding that such damage or injury be done or consummated on land. 46 U.S.C. § 740.
It is well-settled that the invocation of federal admiralty jurisdiction results in the application of federal admiralty law rather than state law. See, e.g., Kossick v. United Fruit Co., 365 U.S. 731, 81 S. Ct. 886, 6 L. Ed. 2d 56 (1961); Freeport Sulphur Co. v. S/S Hermosa, 526 F.2d 300, 302 n. 2 (5th Cir. 1976). While maritime decisions are informed by common law developments in the state courts, there is no requirement, as in diversity cases, that state law be adopted. Indeed the federal interest in protecting maritime commerce is often best served by the establishment of uniform rules of conduct.