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Scenarios and Legal Maritime Analysis for C-Retriever Ship Officer Kidnappings
Captain Phillips' Crew Lawsuit Has No Merit
Ten Points to Rationalize and Restart the United States Maritime Industry
Maritime Reflections: Panama
Maritime Reflections: Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
What is the state of Anti-Piracy Efforts and Armed Guards on Vessels?
Evaluation of TWIC Hearing held by Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Asteroid Mining in Space: Is it Legal?
When the cargo vessel “Irene EM” grounded on 30 October 2009 in the Gulf of Khambhat, underwriters declined cover as the loss was not caused by a peril of the sea.
The term “perils of the seas” refers only to fortuitous...more
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. v. New York, 2013 WL 6332548 (2d Cir. Dec. 6, 2013) recently - albeit reluctantly - joined the fleet of other federal circuit...more
The report is based on a pro bono survey provided to the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in connection with its Coral Reef Project. The objective of the Coral Reef Project is to produce a best practices...more
With increasing frequency, parties to charters and other maritime contracts are including so-called Designated Entity Clauses or “OFAC” provisions. These clauses have the aim of complying with sanction programs such those...more
Despite the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and natural gas fracking boom three years ago, experts expect offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to produce huge amounts of oil. Big finds, which are known as “elephant fields”...more
Noted Admiralty Attorney and Author, Dr. Capt. John A.C. Cartner was interviewed by Maritime TV about possible scenarios for C-Retriever Ship Officer Kidnappings....more
Over the past three to four years the Port of Baltimore has made significant investments in upgrading its cargo handling infrastructure to accommodate what officials hope will be a corresponding increase in cargo volume...more
“A ship may be here today and gone tomorrow, not to return for an indefinite period, perhaps never. Assets of its owner . . . within the jurisdiction today, may be transferred elsewhere or paid off tomorrow.”...more
Noted Admiralty Attorney and Author, Dr. Capt. John A.C. Cartner was interviewed by Maritime TV in response to recent press accounts of a lawsuit claim filed by several former crew members of the Maersk Alabama related to...more
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in BPU Management, Inc. v DOWCP (Donald Morgan) again addressed jurisdictional coverage under The Longshore and Harbor Workers’...more
Delivered as an Invited Speech to The National [U.S.A.] Academy of Engineering,
(Section 12) Annual Meeting
7 October 2013
In its recent decision in the case of Felix Klomega v The Attorney General and others, the Supreme Court in Ghana has provided much needed guidance to the international community when looking to contract...more
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded that Jones Act seamen can recover punitive damages for their employer’s willful and wanton breach of the general maritime duty to provide a seaworthy vessel, in...more
The elephant in the room in West Africa, so to speak, and the suppression of piracy is corruption....more
The Department of Transportation Executive Summary Draft Fiscal Year 2014-2018 Strategic Plan was just issued for comments with very little mention of maritime.
Dr. Cartner issued a white paper that outlines a 10 Point Plan...more
Current status in Egypt -
The overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian military has resulted in violent scenes, civil unrest and hundreds of deaths across Egypt. Many in the maritime world are watching...more
The Federal Maritime Commission issued a new rule earlier this year that, effective July 19, registered, foreign-based NVOCCs may take advantage of Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs), in lieu of published rates in their...more
Piecemeal and stopgap measures added to existing and increasingly cumbersome and antiquated laws are not working to foster strong US merchant marine foreign trade fleets and domestic fleets which are essential to the...more
On August 23rd, OSHA released the long awaited proposed rule on silica. The proposed regulation would split the regulation of silica into two separate standards, one affecting the general and maritime industries and the other...more
A shipping association submitted a public records request for a pilot log from the port agent of the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun (“Board”). The port agent, who is a...more
On August 23, 2013 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed new rule on silica exposure. Public comments on the proposed rule are due no later than 90 days from publication in the Federal...more
The western African states have said clearly they do not have the naval, coast guard or customs resources to deal with the piracy evident in the Gulf of Guinea.
Further, they do not say, but it is clear, they do not have...more
Regulators from the California Coastal Commission have opened an investigation into hydraulic fracturing after a recent Associated Press report that the practice has occurred offshore for the past two decades....more
Reflections on Panama's Criminal Justice System and its impact on Maritime Law and the transportation industry including Corruption, Effective Rule of Law, International Maritime Organization, False Imprisonment by Dr....more
Reflections of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program and its impact on Maritime and transportation industry by Dr. Cartner.