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2nd Circuit case highlights complexities of ballast water regs

Effective control of ship-borne, nonindigenous organisms has proved to be a major challenge to the maritime industry, international maritime organizations, national and local governments, environmental organizations, and,...more

Southern District of Illinois Court Denies “Bare Metal Defense,” Applying Maritime Law

On September 23, 2015, in Kochera v. Foster Wheeler, LLC, No. 3:14-cv-00029 (S.D.Ill. 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, applying maritime law, denied Ingersoll-Rand Company’s...more

FMC to Start Two Regulatory Reviews Regarding Industry Regulations

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted this week to start the regulatory review process regarding ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator (MTO) agreements (the Carrier/MTO Agreement Review). The review,...more

Publication of the 3rd edition of the SCMA Rules

In October 2015 the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) published the third edition of its arbitration rules. Notable revisions include wider powers for the tribunal to require security for costs, increased...more

When Conducting Investigations, Consider "Privileges"

Whether voluntarily or as required by the International Safety Management Code, the American Waterways Operators’ (“AWO”) Responsible Carrier Program, or some other rule or regulation, investigations of accidents and...more

Cruise Line Hit Big for “mild” Head Injury

A major cruise line was hit with a $21 million dollar verdict after a passenger was struck in the head by an automatic sliding door. As reported by a local Seattle television station and shown on security video, the passenger...more

FMC Issues Final Rule Regarding Freight Forwarder and NVOCC Requirements

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued its Final Rule in FMC Docket 13-05 on Nov. 3, 2015. The Commission's October vote in favor of issuing the Final Rule concluded a multiyear review and rulemaking that largely...more

Add Insult to Injury: TOTE Maritime’s Lawsuit Decision after El Faro Sinking

On September 29 of this year, many residents living along the East Coast of the United States and throughout the Caribbean were preparing for the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin. In Jacksonville, Florida, final...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 15, 2015, DBRS released a report entitled Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Originators. On October 15, 2015, Fitch published its updated U.S. Auto Loan ABS Rating Criteria. On October 16,...more

Court of Appeal finds that ship owner “got what it agreed to pay for”

(1) PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and (2) Product Shipping & Trading S.A. v. (1) O.W. Bunker Malta Ltd and (2) ING Bank N.V. [2015] EWCA Civ 1058. In a decision which has wide reaching implications for ship owners, the Court...more

Stuck in the Bunker – OW and Retention of Title

The fallout from the OW Bunker bankruptcy in November last year continues with a number of claims being heard in the English courts. Last month the owners of the vessel “Res Cogitans” appealed to the Court of Appeal against...more

Reporting Marine Casualties: U.S. Coast Guard Guidance Helps to Bring Some Clarity to the Debate

In July 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard released the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-15 (“NVIC”), titled Marine Casualty Reporting Procedures Guide with Associated Standard Interpretations. The purpose of the NVIC is...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

Marine Insurance Coverage—The Uberrimae Fidei Defense and Reliance as a Necessary Factor

On August 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that demonstrating reliance is required to void a marine insurance policy under the uberrimae fidei defense. In doing so, the court reversed the...more

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

PortMiami espera continuar con el éxito de las P3

Una nueva colaboración público-privada (“P3” o “PPP”) llega a PortMiami. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD (“RCCL”) busca diseñar, construir, financiar, operar y mantener una nueva terminal para cruceros en el área noreste del...more

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

Future Lost Wages Decision of Note by U.S. Fifth Circuit

The U.S. Fifth Circuit recently reversed and rendered a District Court’s finding of future lost wages so that it was based on statistical work life expectancy rather than Social Security retirement age. In the recent...more

Shipping Act Antitrust Exemption Held for the First Time to Preempt State Antitrust Laws

For the first time, a federal court has held that the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 U.S.C. §§ 40101–41309 (Shipping Act), preempts state-law antitrust claims. The federal district court in New Jersey applied conflict preemption...more

Understanding CIPs, Builder’s Risk, and Inland Marine Insurance Policies

Part of Bradley Arant’s Policyholder Insurance Coverage Team’s six-part Maximize Your Company's Insurance Coverage Webinar Series, the “Understanding CIPs, Builder’s Risk, and Inland Marine Insurance Policies” webinar, led by...more

InterConnect - Summer 2015

Shippers who are used to doing business with motor carriers often present freight brokers with a shipper-carrier agreement (often described as a “Motor Carrier Agreement”) of one kind or another to serve as the basis of a...more

New OSHA Directive to Speed Up Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints Under OSH Act, Dodd-Frank, Other Laws

A directive to establish nationwide policies and procedures aimed at speeding up the resolution of “whistleblower” complaints handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was issued on August 19, 2015....more

New York-Based Marine Insurer Settles Potential U.S. Sanctions Violations

As if to provide a not-too-subtle reminder to insurers of the applicability of U.S. trade sanctions to their businesses, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) announced on August 6, that a New...more

Australian Infrastructure – The Challenges to 2031

Released in May 2015 by Infrastructure Australia, the Australian Infrastructure Audit examines our asset base and sets out the needs and challenges facing the Australian infrastructure sector and its participants over the...more

Insurers Take Notice: Don’t Become a Casualty of Trade Sanctions Violations!

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that Navigators Insurance Company, which is headquartered in New York and specializes in marine insurance and related lines of business,...more

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