Without prejudice to the liability of other persons, if any, the owner of a
vessel is personally responsible for all damage to a jetty caused by a person
employed by him.
Where damage to a jetty is caused by an owner or by a person employed by him,
the department may repair the damage and the cost of such repairs shall be a
debt due to the department and payable by the owner and may be recovered in a
court of competent jurisdiction.