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?
The elephant in the room in West Africa, so to speak, and the suppression of piracy is corruption....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
A B.C. ship’s navigator has been sentenced to four years after he was convicted of criminal negligence causing death for dereliction of duty leading to his ship colliding with an island....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
In This Issue:
- Maritima in the Press
- 1% Pirate, 99% Disorder
- Writhing Death of The TWIC
Excerpt from Maritima in the Press
We observe that maritima is the hot...more
New Commonwealth laws have come into effect which extend strict liability for oil pollution to Charterers and increase penalties fortyfold....more
The sickening odour of the criminalisation of yet another master is wafting in New Zealand’s vernal breezes. The scenario, depressingly clear, is well writ in the past.The master of Rena will be hanged. It is as summer...more
The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more
The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more
In this issue: New Maritime Law Awaited; Increased Private Sector Involvement in Dubai Water and Electricity Sector; Pro Bono initiative: Women’s Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination...more
TWo untamed elephants are in the room: piracy and liability. Taming liability controls piracy. Here is how. Piracy unites to protect owners in investments; labour in lives; states in trade; and law in civil safety and...more
The question arises: “May a guard contracted to an owner kill a pirate?” The short but accurate answer is “of course”.
The consequences of the act are not short — it may stop the parade for the killer and those around him....more
A Merchant Marine Credential (MMC) is a credential issued by the U.S. Coast Guard combining the elements of the merchant mariner’s document, merchant mariner’s license, and certificate of registry.
The Department of Motor Vehicles would like greater power to suspend a person's license upon conviction for boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The laws against BUI are similar to those criminalizing...more
The identity card for US transportation workers has been an
expensive disaster in technical and civil liberty terms, and has
brought no discernible security benefits. The hobgoblin of little minds lies in dull and mindless...more
Recently I wrote about Judge Raymond Jackson’s opinion on buccaneering. Now Judge Mark S Davis offers a succinct definition of modern piracy. His analysis is well worth reading. The opinion’s objective was to found an...more
The unresolved tension between a master and a rig manager, between legal and commercial considerations, is often the key to why accidents happen. The tension is obvious. The master's duties are to protect the safety of the...more
Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in intrastate, interstate, and maritime travel from a U.S. merchant seaman's point of view. Case started as a simple judicial review of the U.S. Coast Guard's Final Agency Action...more
The Prestige oil spill case is a shameful example of a shipmaster being criminalised in a way that would not be inflicted on a shoreside person caught up in the same circumstances.act. Hence, criminalisation is a phenomenon...more
The dismissal of piracy charges against six Somalis has sparked
outrage in some circles,but the judge was simply
following the law....more
The criminalisation of seafarers brings delay and added cost to a
voyage as well as harassment and detention of individuals. But there are ways to reduce risk with training, information and support...more
Heavy-handed security measures by US Coast Guard boarding officers
are unfair and have not improved safety or security....more
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