Jeanne Grasso

Jeanne Grasso

Blank Rome LLP

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Reporting Marine Casualties: U.S. Coast Guard Guidance Helps to Bring Some Clarity to the Debate

In July 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard released the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-15 (“NVIC”), titled Marine Casualty Reporting Procedures Guide with Associated Standard Interpretations. The purpose of the NVIC is...more

10/19/2015 - Boating Accidents Bodily Injury Coast Guard Reporting Requirements Vessels

U.S. Coast Guard Revises Policy on Extensions for the Installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems

Action Item: The U.S. Coast Guard issued a new policy letter that streamlines the process for vessel owners and operators to apply for an extension to their compliance date for installing ballast water treatment systems....more

9/29/2015 - Ballast Water Management Coast Guard Extensions Final Rules Guidance Update Time Extensions Vessels

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty Reporting Guidance Finalized

Action Item: The Coast Guard finalized its NVIC, published earlier this year in draft form, which endeavors to provide a uniform policy interpretation of when a casualty report is and is not required. Vessel owners,...more

8/4/2015 - Coast Guard Reporting Requirements Vessels

BSEE and DOI Take Action on Five-Year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon

Action Item: BSEE has proposed significant changes to BOP systems and well operations in light of the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Stakeholders in offshore oil and gas operations should carefully...more

4/22/2015 - BOEM BSEE Deepwater Horizon Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas Proposed Regulation

EPA Promulgates Robust Emission Control Area Enforcement Policy

Action Item: Violators of Emission Control Area requirements face hefty penalties under the Environmental Protection Agency’s new penalty policy. Owners and operators of vessels operating in the North American and U.S....more


Mainbrace - January 2015 No. 1

In this issue: - A Sea Change Sweeps over Congress: A Look Back and a Look Ahead - Shipping & International Trade Law (Second Edition 2015) - Congress Passes Coast Guard Bill in Waning Hours of 113th...more

1/22/2015 - Coast Guard Cybersecurity International Trade Agreements Jones Act Legislative Agendas Maritime Transport New Legislation Oil & Gas Risk Assessment Risk Management Shipping

Seafarers’ Access to Marine Facilities

Action Item: Owners, operators, and other interested parties related to the operation of marine terminals should review and comment on a Coast Guard Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) addressing new requirements to...more

1/13/2015 - Coast Guard NPRM Ports Seamen Security Vessels

New Jones Act Enforcement Initiative

Action Item: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a Notice to the Area Port of New Orleans Trade Community on November 12, 2014, announcing electronic online reporting of possible Jones Act violations. Owners and...more

12/8/2014 - Customs and Border Protection Jones Act Reporting Requirements Vessels

Trial Judge Concludes The Deepwater Horizon Spill Caused By BP’s Gross Negligence And Willful Misconduct

On September 4, 2014 the federal district judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill issued long-awaited rulings as to liability. The court concluded that BP is subject to...more

9/9/2014 - BP Clean Water Act Deepwater Horizon Employer Liability Issues Environmental Liability Environmental Policies Gross Negligence Gulf Oil Spill Multidistrict Litigation Negligence Willful Misconduct

Exports of Condensate Reflect Evolution, Not Revolution, In Crude Export Regulation

On June 24, 2014, various news sources reported that the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) had allowed two companies to export processed condensate, suggesting a breakthrough in the 40-year ban on crude oil exports. The reality...more

6/27/2014 - Exports Oil & Gas Shipping U.S. Commerce Department

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