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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?
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
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
On Tuesday, the United States Senate confirmed William P. Doyle, of Pennsylvania, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for the term expiring June 30, 2013. Commissioner Doyle joins Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., Michael...more
A Billion Here or There -
Now that the President has another four years and the budget chasm is before the country. The so-called fiscal cliff comes. Of the many ways to save money, the Congress has chosen the meat...more
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
The very question of what makes a structure a “vessel” under Section 3 of the Rules of Construction Act, 1 U.S.C. §3 is before the United States Supreme Court in City of Riviera Beach v. That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story...more
Panama is one of the most widely chosen jurisdictions for ship registration due to the ease of registration and low registration fees as compared with many other countries. Panama offers registrants a low-tax offshore...more
A feisty dachsund and its owner, Fane Lozman, have stirred up troubled waters regarding the definition of a “vessel” in City of Riviera Beach v. That Certain Unnamed Gray, Two-Story Vessel Approximately Fifty-Seven Feet in...more
This article is a reminder to all operators of ships trading to Australia about the requirement to report crew and passengers to Customs at least 96 hours before arrival in the first Australian port of call, or face...more
In a decision handed down last week, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal upheld a PortState Control decision to detain a ship for a defect which was rectified within approximately two hours of the inspection. Whilst the...more
In This Issue:
- Define 'Safe'...
- The TSA Big TWIC Lie
- Circle The Drain
Excerpt from "Define 'Safe'...
Delightfully Brief. The dog days of summer are upon Washington early -- even without...more
On Friday, June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a Memorandum stating that DHS would shortly grant a temporary immigration status called “deferred action” to certain young people who were...more
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
In This Issue:
- Whose Driving This Thing?
- The Inevitable Fate of a Seafarer
- TSA: A Useless Agency
Excerpt from Whose Driving This Thing?
It is my sense that the...more
Discover that before the Fourteenth Amendment, a citizen of a State was recognized under international law with the nationality of a citizen of the United States. A citizen of the United States was also a citizen of the...more
In This Issue:
- Help or Hindrance:
- ECDIS In Charge?
- ECDIS: The Demand or The Supply?
Excerpt from Help or Hindrance
The current cause de jour is ECDIS. While there...more
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
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
The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more
Presentation about some of the penalties existing in Brazilian Law against the port operators....more
Alan Bartholomew v. SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. Court of Appeal, First District (March 16, 2011)
Alan Bartholomew was employed between 1977 and 1980 as a marine machinist at West Winds, a maritime ship repair contractor. He...more
The maritime hobgoblin rears its head again.Work in maritime America ismeted out to theworthy by the organs of state security. The Transportation Security Administration is the gatekeeper,with the detested...more
On April 12, 2011, counsel for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (“NCBFAA” or “the Association”) submitted a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) offering commentary and a request...more