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Developments in EU Transport Law

Consultation on the Aviation package for improving the competitiveness of the EU Aviation sector–In the context of the European Commission’s envisioned Aviation Package aimed at identifying the challenges facing the EU's...more

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

Coast Guard Proposes to Revise LNG Deepwater Port Regulations - Changes Would Affect Regulations Governing LNG Imports and Exports...

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register seeking public comments on a proposed overhaul of its existing regulations implementing the Deepwater Port Act of...more

New UK Insurance Act to come into Force in 2016 - The Biggest Shake Up of Commercial Insurance Law in Over a Century

The new Insurance Act will come into force on 12 August 2016. The new Act is designed to provide a more up to date framework for commercial insurance in England and Wales,, with a focus on transparency and certainty over the...more

Freeze, Ship – You’re Under Arrest: Former Warship Now Underwater Following Court Order

The Federal Court ordered that a former Royal Canadian Navy destroyer be released from arrest before trial, without bail, so the ship could be sunk by its owner to create an artificial reef near Vancouver. ...more

Competition & Regulation Update: Harper Review - Key Recommendations For Port And Rail Infrastructure Operators/Users

The long-awaited Harper Panel's Final Report on Australian competition law and policy has been released. In this update, we highlight the key recommendations of the panel relevant to port and rail infrastructure operators and...more

“One Shelf, One Standard” Continues to Evolve – USCG Issues Final Rule Regarding Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations

The United States Coast Guard (“USCG”), continuing its “One Shelf, One Standard” approach to regulating the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) recently issued a Final Rule enacting new regulations governing electrical equipment...more

Hong Kong court - enforcing a maritime arbitration award by arresting a ship

The arrest of a ship to obtain security for a maritime claim in jurisdictions where this is permitted is a powerful weapon in the armory of a claimant in shipping disputes. There has, however, been a concern that a claimant...more

Is payment of time charter hire a condition? The Astra reconsidered.

In Kuwait Rocks Co v AMB Bulkcarriers Inc (The Astra), Flaux J determined that the obligation to make punctual payment of hire under an amended NYPE time charter, whether on its own or in conjunction with an anti-technicality...more

Fifth Circuit Rules Only a Seaman Can Commit Seaman’s Manslaughter

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court serves as a good reminder that criminal statutes say only what they say, and that it is up to the legislature to revise statutes to expand their scope...more

Is payment of time charter hire a condition? “The Astra” re-considered

In Kuwait Rocks Co v AMB Bulkcarriers Inc (The Astra) (as reported in a previous post), the court determined that the obligation to make punctual payment of hire under the amended NYPE time charter in that case was a...more

United States Coast Guard Guidance May Encourage Use of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel

On February 25, 2015, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) published two final policy letters on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Released in draft form in February 2014, the policy letters address...more

Mainbrace: March 2015 No. 2

In this issue: - A Note from the Editor - Congress and Administration Take Cautious Approach to Crude Exports as Oil Prices Fall - Meet Blank Rome—Fairfield Sentry: Comity, Seller’s Remorse, and Chapter...more

Highlights from the Admiralty Law Institute

The 25th Biennial Admiralty Law Institute kicked off with great success on March 11, 2015. Informative presentations continued on March 12-13, building on the theme of this year’s conference, “Symposium on Maritime Personal...more

Admiralty Law Institute Kicks Off in New Orleans

The Admiralty Law Institute runs from March 11-13 in New Orleans. March 11, 2015, marked the first day of the 25th Biennial Admiralty Law Institute. Held at Tulane University in New Orleans, the ALI is the oldest and largest...more

OWCP on Verge of Amending Regulations to Include Electronic Submissions

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Department of Labor Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) filed in the Federal Register (Volume 80, No. 48) a direct final rule and request for comments with regard to changes to OWCP...more

Eighteen Percentage Spread between Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest Rates Affirmed

The current post-judgment interest rate in federal court is the infinitesimally meager rate of 0.22% (that is 22 hundredths of a percent, not 22 percent) as per statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1961(a). ...more

Mind The P’s and Q’s (And Bast?) Of DP – USCG And BSEE Issue Joint Safety Alert Regarding Dynamically Positioned Offshore Supply...

Continuing their post-Macondo/Deepwater Horizon symbiotic approach to regulating the offshore oil industry, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a joint Safety...more

First Circuit Recognizes Uberrimae Fidei In Admiralty Context

The First Circuit recently examined, in the admiralty context, the doctrine of uberrimae fidei, a legal doctrine requiring that all parties to an insurance contract deal in good faith and fully disclose all material facts....more

Coast Guard seeks comments on multiyear renewal option for vessel documentation fees

In the March 3, 2015 Federal Register, the Coast Guard published a request for comments related to the Vessel Documentation Renewal Fees established in August 2014. The Coast Guard is considering options for implementing...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Apply International Safety Management Code as Basis for Vessel Negligence

In John Horton v. Maersk Line, Limited, Case No. 14-14450 (11 Cir., 02/27/2015) the 11th Circuit issued an unpublished decision finding that the International Safety Management Code (the “Code”) did not create vessel duties...more

Executive Labor Summary - February / March 2015

Massive labor disputes on two of three U.S. coasts - Large scale industry-wide labor disputes were in the news daily in early 2015. A West Coast port labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and...more

What is your broker up to? Broker found to have authority to enter into a fixture and guarantee

Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd v Salgaocar Mining Industries Private Ltd (2015) (Unreported) - After extensive negotiations, London brokers fixed a 10-year charterparty on behalf of their principals, the Charterers. The Charterers...more

Whistleblower Laws Increasingly Vital for Government Enforcement Efforts

In 2014, a crewman aboard a Japanese cargo ship videotaped the vessel illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean and later turned the tape over to the U.S. Coast Guard. One year later, the resulting $1.8 million penalty for...more

West Coast Ports Labor Turmoil - Time to Dust Off That Overlooked Force Majeure Clause?

The simmering labor dispute between the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents West Coast port owners, has begun to capture the attention of businesses that have...more

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