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Cruises More Dangerous Than People Think and the Triumph Showed Warning Signs
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?
Part I of this article appeared in the December 2012 Energy Newsletter and provided an introduction to the three principal types of seabed ore deposits, a history of exploration efforts, and an overview of the 1982 United...more
Cuba Details Rules for Special Economic Zone -
The Cuban government last week released details of customs reforms for a long-planned free trade industrial manufacturing and maritime shipping facility in the Mariel...more
My recent article on the marine transportation industry and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) generated some discussion ranging wider than simply the port agent issue regarding interaction with foreign government...more
Can price-fixing abroad be prosecuted criminally under the U.S. Sherman Act? The antitrust bar might well raise an eyebrow at the question. Since international cartels became a focus of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust...more
A dream vacation turned nightmare has sparked a class action lawsuit against the Carnival Corp. cruise line.
Over 100 passengers of a cruise that was marooned for days in the Gulf of Mexico without functioning power or...more
On February 22, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a proposed rule that would permit foreign-based unlicensed non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to offer and enter into Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs)...more
Florida's economy needs its active and efficient ports and while on one hand, there's construction underway to make Port Miami big enough to deal with the increased traffic coming from the Panama Canal expansion, on the other...more
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) agreed on a 30-day extension of the current coast-wide master contract, temporarily shielding East and Gulf Coast ports from...more
After the latest breakdown in labor negotiations, ports along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, including Charleston, are threatened with a strike by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).
The ILA and the...more
The use of port liability agreements to allocate ship-shore liability in a marine casualty event has been widely adopted by U.S. LNG import terminals. As many of these terminals transition to bi-directional operations, they...more
Two recent cases have highlighted the need for brokers to be familiar with the nature of their client’s business and the limits and exclusions of marine insurance products on the market. In both of these cases, the...more
In this recent Federal Court case, the Court had to decide on the extent of warranties and assurance provided by marine surveyors in providing a survey report for insurance purposes.
Essentially, the question for...more
The dockworkers union along the East and Gulf Coasts is threatening to strike on October 1, should there be no agreement with transportation providers by the end of September. Such a work stoppage will adversely affect U.S....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 a recent decision the Federal Court of Australia held that foreign arbitration agreements in voyage charterparties for the carriage of goods from Australia are void. As a result, the Court refused to enforce two London...more
High bunker prices and tight economic circumstances have resulted in a perfect storm,leaving unpaid bunker suppliers in its wake. This article discusses preventative and enforcement actions open to bunker suppliers to try...more
The Gaz Energy No.2
On 21 June 2012, the High Court handed down its decision on a time charter performance case where the issue was whether, in circumstances where the vessel has performed within the consumption...more
In the unpublished opinion of Adams Offshore, Ltd. v. Blake Marine Group, No. 11-12753 (11th Cir. Apr. 27, 2012), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Fifth Circuit’s suggestion in Beauregard, Inc. v. Sword...more
May 3 (Bloomberg Law) -- Frans von der Dunk, professor of Space Law at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the legal implications of a new company's plans to mine near...more
All industry participants will be well aware of the difficulties caused by the recent flourishing of piracy in the western Indian Ocean and elsewhere. A whole vessel security industry continues to grow, particularly in Dubai,...more
Most contracts for the sale of goods and services contain a standard provision regarding the application of payments on overdue accounts, such as: “When more than one invoice is past due at the same time, Seller shall be...more
Millions of people each year take cruises for many reasons – a lifelong dream to see a particular part of the world, a special romantic trip such as a honeymoon, or to have fun or celebrate an occasion. This adds up...more
Transactions to procure supplies for vessels engaged in international trade typically involve numerous international and local brokers, agents and contractors. The vessel operator or charterer will place an order...more
An analysis of forum selection issues applicable to litigation in the wake of the recent capsizing of the Costa Concordia....more
When seeking construction financing for a proposed newbuilding, shipowners should understand and be prepared to address the particular concerns that lenders have in assessing risk and documenting vessel construction...more
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