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Federal Appellate Court Stays Initial Date for Meeting New Ballast Water Discharge Limits – But Only for Canadian Shipowners...

On April 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay of the January 1, 2014 deadline for installation of ballast water treatment technology required by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

Draft Regulations Released for Deposits of Deleterious Substances under the Fisheries Act

One of the most significant provisions in the federal Fisheries Act is the prohibition in section 36(3) against releasing deleterious substances into waters frequented by fish. This prohibition has been interpreted broadly by...more

Proposed Rule Would Regulate U.S. Navy's Impact On Marine Mammals

On January 31, 2013, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a proposed rule to regulate the impact of United States Navy exercises on marine mammals. The rule would affect areas off the Southern California,...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: Maritime Boundaries: UNCLOS and disputes over the right to explore and develop offshore reserves...

Despite the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) providing nations with a 200 mile offshore area (an “Exclusive Economic Zone) for exploiting maritime reserves, international waters remain...more

District Court Allows Action For ESA Violations To Proceed Regarding Naval Operations Off The Atlantic Coast

On December 26, 2012, in Strahan v. Roughead, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied a motion brought by federal defendants to dismiss as moot plaintiffs’ claims that the Navy is operating...more

European Union May Adopt More Stringent Sulfur Content Limits for Marine Fuels

On May 23, 2012, the European Union (EU) announced that an agreement in principle (strictly, a "compromise proposal") had been reached by the two arms of the EU legislature (the Council of the EU and the European Parliament)...more

Sailing by Looking in the Rearview Mirror: EPA's Unreasonable Deferral of Ballast-Water Regulation to a Now Ineffective Coast...

Major structural changes in government since national security became a dominant priority threaten to undermine regulatory protections of the nation's environment. One troubling environmental threat is the introduction of...more

Riding the Wave: Confronting Jurisdictional and Regulatory Barriers to Ocean Energy Development

Wave energy conversion (WEC) is a burgeoning form of hydrokinetic power which takes advantage of energy carried by ocean waves to generate electricity. The global energy potential from ocean energy resources is truly...more

Coast Guard and EPA Tackle Enforcement Issues for Vessel General Permit Requirements

The Vessel General Permit (VGP) program applies to more than 61,000 commercial vessels in the United States and to more than 8,000 foreign vessels operating in the navigable waters of the United States. Upon implementation in...more

Ignoring the Law at Sea is a Dangerous Business

The unresolved tension between a master and a rig manager, between legal and commercial considerations, is often the key to why accidents happen. The tension is obvious. The master's duties are to protect the safety of the...more

Energy And Environment Update - March 28,2010

In this issue: *Energy and Climate Legislation *Senate *House ..Subcommittee Approves Home Star Program ..Subcommittee Approves Energy Research Funding ..Appropriators Object to Yucca Mountain...more

New Federal Requirements for Coal Barges and Other Vessels

Coal barges and other vessels must comply with new federal requirements. These requirements are: (1) coal barges and other vessels that are 79 feet or longer must obtain a Vessel General (NPDES) Permit ("VGP") to operate and...more

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