Jonathan Waldron

Jonathan Waldron

Blank Rome LLP

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New Regulations Further Ease Maritime Transport and Travel Restrictions on Cuba

Action Item: The Administration further implemented its new Cuba policy facilitating passenger vessel service to Cuba and opening opportunities in Cuba’s maritime, telecommunications, and construction sectors. Considering the...more

10/1/2015 - BIS Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) Foreign Relations International Travel Licensing Rules OFAC Trade Relations 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

Dispersants...Will We Ever Be Able to Use Them Again?

On January 22, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Proposed Rule on dispersants. The Proposed Rule drastically changes the EPA’s approach to dispersants and could imperil proven and effective means of...more

5/7/2015 - Chemicals Deepwater Horizon EPA Oil Spills Proposed Regulation

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

Commerce Department Issues New Guidance on Technical Crude Export Issues

Action Item: New policy guidance in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” was published by the Commerce Department on December 20, 2014, with regard to crude oil export controls. Stakeholders interested in crude oil...more

1/12/2015 - BIS Canada Export Controls New Guidance Oil & Gas U.S. Commerce Department

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

In 2014, Will Congress Pass Any Maritime Legislation?

Following its usual summer break over August 2014, Congress came back from its five-week summer recess and spent a whopping eight days or so back in session before recessing once again, approximately a week early, to hit the...more

11/18/2014 - Appropriations Bill Coast Guard Department of Transportation (DOT) DOD Federal Budget Legislative Agendas

Mainbrace - October 2014, No. 3

In This Issue: - Maritime Cybersecurity: A Growing Threat Goes Unanswered - Valuation in Maritime Chapter 11 Cases: Genco and “NAV” - Is the U.S. Prepared Legally and Operationally to Protect Its Arctic...more

10/21/2014 - Arbitration Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Cybersecurity ENISA GAO Pending Legislation 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

Does Responder Immunity Only Benefit Responders? What No One Has Explained To You About Insurance

There is a bit of weariness (and disappointment) in our industry with regard to the initiative to enact an enhanced responder immunity regime. Indeed, it has been over four years since the fire and incurred loss of life...more


Historic Water Resources Reform and Development Act Enacted into Law

On June 10, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (“WRRDA”) (Public Law No: 113-121). The primary purpose of the bill is to provide funding for improvements to rivers...more

6/13/2014 - Environmental Policies EPA US Army Corps of Engineers Water Water Supplies WRRDA

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