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The OSV Regs Cometh

As previously reported here, the offshore industry has been anxiously awaiting new United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations for large offshore supply vessels (OSVs) in the wake of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act...more

Don’t Stress, You’re Not Covered: Court Denies Recovery Under Jones Act for Work-Related Stress

The Eleventh Circuit in Skye v. Maersk Line, Ltd. held seamen cannot recover for work-related stress under the Jones Act. Is work-related stress starting to take its toll? ...more

Dr. John A.C. Cartner, Evaluates USMMA Advisory Board Report and DOT Sec. Foxx’s Response [Video]

Maritime TV is pleased to have editorial contributor and maritime industry expert Dr. John A.C. Cartner, back in our studios with his valuable input and unique brand of commentary, after several months away for major...more

Coast Guard issues final rule to charge vessel documentation renewal fees

In the August 12, 2014 Federal Register, the Coast Guard issued a final rule entitled “Vessel Documentation Renewal Fees." Currently there is no charge for renewals of endorsements; however, as of November 10, 2014, the Coast...more

How Convenient: Vessel Registration and Mortgages in the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Liberia

Two registries of significant interest to shipowners are the registries of the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Liberia. Significantly, insofar as it does not conflict with the statutory laws, each country has adopted...more

Which Ground for Federal Jurisdiction is the Safest in Dredging Cases?: Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood...

The Eastern District of Louisiana recently denied the Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s (Plaintiff) Motion to Remand its suit against 92 oil and gas companies back to state...more

What Are “Navigable Waters”?

According to this 11th Circuit case, “a waterway is navigable for admiralty jurisdiction purposes if, in its present state, it is capable of supporting commercial activity.”...more

Asbestos MDL Court Concludes Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Allowed for Seaman But Not for a Seaman’s Personal...

In a consolidated asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation (MDL), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held in In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI), MDL 875, that...more

A Beach Vacation from the Longshore Act

In an unpublished per curiam decision, Global Management Enterprises, LLC v. Commerce & Industry Insurance Company, No. 13-31249, filed June 23, 2014, Judges Davis, Benavides and Prado determined that a worker who was injured...more

LNG As A Marine Fuel – The Speed Of Change

“When I was asked if I might speak about the use of LNG as fuel for ships, two thoughts came to mind. Firstly, the old Latin maxim: volenti non fit injuria. Or in my vernacular: “well, you asked for...more

Potential West Coast Port Labor Disruptions Loom Large for Importers and Exporters, Including Those of FDA-Regulated Products

On July 1st, the contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) officially expired, increasing the potential of a work stoppage and cargo disruption at West...more

“Law of the Flag” Held Not to Apply to Action on Unenforceable Gambling Debt in Florida Bankruptcy Court

In this bankruptcy contract case, the debtor, a cruise vessel operating as a gambling casino, fronted $200,000 to a blackjack gambler who submitted checks for the cash but then stopped payment on the checks. The debtor sued...more

A Day At The Beach: Fifth Circuit Rejects Expansive Situs Definition For LHWCA Comp In BP Beach Cleaning Case

The Fifth Circuit recently reversed, per curiam, a district court decision finding that a contract worker cleaning oiled beaches near Grand Isle, Louisiana, in the wake of the 2010 Macondo oil spill qualified as a...more

The Carriage of Goods at Sea Act Requires that Suit Be Brought Within One Year of “Delivery”

In this case, the plaintiff entered into a contract of carriage wherein the defendant agreed to ship pears to a consignee in Brazil. A later inspection discovered that the pears froze during the voyage, causing the fruits to...more

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

Recent Developments in Maritime Punitive Damages

In 2009, in Atlantic Sounding Co., Inc. v. Townsend, the Supreme Court “sea tossed” the law of maritime damages when it held that punitive damages are recoverable for an employer’s willful and wanton failure to provide a...more

No Claim for “Financial Unseaworthiness” When Passengers Never Board Vessel

This case arose in a bankruptcy proceeding. A creditor had pre-paid a substantial sum for cruises on a vessel. The vessel owner and operator filed bankruptcy before the cruises took place, and the creditor sought return of...more

Enforcing Foreign Judgments in U.S. Admiralty Courts: Second Circuit Prefers Substance Over Form

After protracted and expensive litigation overseas, you obtain a judgment against the defendant. There remains one series of hurdles left to cross: the defendant refuses to pay that judgment and has no assets in the country...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 68-Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea. Neil connects Safety, Management and compliance in talking about his compelling new book. ...more

Is a Floating Casino Subject to Maritime Jurisdiction?

In some cases, yes. In this case, a paddlewheel vessel, the Belle of Orleans. served as a dockside casino on Lake Pontchartrain. It became unmoored during Hurricane Katrina, damaged nearby property, and was liable for...more

Texas Supreme Court Opinions and Orders (6/14, pt. 2)

No. 11-0810, LAN/STV, J.V. v. Martin K. Eby Construction Co. - In a unanimous opinion by Chief Justice Hecht, the Court held that the economic loss rule does not allow a general contractor to recover increased costs of...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

A Contract to Repair a Vessel Is a Maritime Contract, but a Contract to Sell a Vessel Is Not.

In this case, an insurance company sued Mercury Marine and First Choice Marine after a boat dropped off for repairs was stolen from First Choice’s premises. The insurance company brought a subrogation claim, standing in the...more

Cooper v. Meridian Yachts – Complex International Maritime Case

In this complex international admiralty case, a sea captain sustained an injury as a result of a defective food lift on a ship. The ship owner, manager, and employer brought third-party claims against the ship designer and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 62-Self Disclosure Issues Under the FCPA, a conversation with Bill Athanas and David... [Video]

In this episode I visit with Bill Athanas and David Simon on what issues a company should consider when evaluating whether it should self-disclose to the DOJ/SEC about potential FCPA violations...more

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