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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Withdraws Proposed Changes to Jones Act Rulings

In a move hailed as a win for international offshore marine contractors and oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico and decried as a setback for domestic shipping interests, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection...more

History Doesn't Bode Well For New Commercial Cargo Preference Bill

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), joined by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), recently introduced H.R. 1240, the Energizing American Maritime Act, described as a bill "to require a certain percentage of...more

India: A False Dawn for Foreign OSV Owners

by Reed Smith on

India’s ambitious drive to reduce dependence on foreign hydrocarbon imports is expected to spur almost US$30 billion of exploration and production investments including in the offshore sector. An increase in offshore...more

The New JADE: Energizing Jones Act Enforcement

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced the creation of a new enforcement division in the New Orleans Field Office focused solely on the Jones Act: The National Jones Act Division of Enforcement...more

U.S. Customs Aims to Increase Enforcement of the Jones Act

In what could foretell a significant increase in the enforcement of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) announced on July 18 the creation of the National Jones Act...more

China Loses Claims to the South China Sea in Landmark Decision

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, China received a binding decision from the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, Netherlands, regarding territorial claims in the South China Sea. The international tribunal ruled unanimously that China’s...more

International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk – IGC Code 2016

by Reed Smith on

This client alert considers some of the recent amendments to the IGC Code with which new-build gas carriers have had to comply from 1 July 2016. These changes to the IGC Code are designed to give more flexibility in gas...more

Focus on Oman: Diplomacy and Dividends

The crucial role of Oman, a sultanate located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is becoming apparent as the dust settles on the recent Iranian nuclear deal. Oman is adept at balancing relationships in a...more

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization

by King & Spalding on

Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today between governments that share an international (usually maritime) boundary. These...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

by Reed Smith on

The United Nations, the European Union and United States recently expanded sanctions on North Korea, issuing new restrictions which impact the mineral, energy, shipping, banking, finance, and aviation industries. United...more

Maritime greenhouse gas emissions – update on the outcome of MEPC 69

by Reed Smith on

In our March alert on this subject, we looked ahead to the 69th meeting in London of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (MEPC 69). MEPC 69 has now taken...more

Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports

Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2016

by King & Spalding on

Managing In-Project Disputes in Major Construction Projects - What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project? At first, it may seem...more

Update on Kenya and Somalia’s Maritime Dispute: Implications for Energy Companies

by King & Spalding on

Somalia has brought its long-simmering maritime dispute with Kenya to the International Court of Justice (the “ICJ”). The ICJ’s treatment of the case will have important repercussions not only for Somalia and Kenya (and...more

Maritime GHG emissions: The Paris Agreement, an IMO MRV and ‘market-based measures’ – looking forward to MEPC 69

by Reed Smith on

Tackling greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from international shipping: as the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) gears up for its 69th meeting in London starting...more

United States Lifts Certain Sanctions Against Iran, With Limited Impact on U.S. Companies

by Perkins Coie on

The United States suspended certain “secondary sanctions” against Iran that apply to non-U.S. companies for transactions that take place outside of the United States and do not involve U.S. persons on “Implementation Day,”...more

D.C. Appeals Court: Coast Guard May Impose Non-Financial Conditions for Departure Clearance in “Magic Pipe” Case

by Baker Donelson on

In Watervale Marine Co. v. U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently affirmed a district court ruling allowing the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security –...more

LNG Bunkering in Asia: Fueling a Promising Future?

by Reed Smith on

I. Introduction - Today, the LNG bunkering market is significantly growing due to stricter environmental regulations across the globe and in spite of the depressed oil price. Particularly in Asia, LNG bunkering has...more

FSRUs: Looking back at the Evolution of the FSRU Market

by King & Spalding on

The growth of the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) market has been exponential over the past decade. The birth of the industry can be traced back to mid-2001, when El Paso contracted with Belgian ship-owner...more

Iranian Nuclear Accord Reached, But Specific Implementation of Meaningful Sanctions Relief Will Not Be Immediate

by K&L Gates LLP on

On July 14, 2015, the “P5+1” nations (the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom), together with the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”), reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan...more

Anti-suit injunctions, OW Bunker and ISDA Master Agreements

by Reed Smith on

Anti-suit injunctions, OW Bunker and ISDA Master Agreements SwissMarine Corporation Limited v O.W. Supply & Trading A/S (in bankruptcy) [2015] EWHC 1571 (Comm) - The Commercial Court has recently refused to grant an...more

Large-Scale Privatization 2015 Approved (Ukrainian)

by Dentons on

On 12 May 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolution No. 271 “On Conducting a Transparent and Competitive Privatization in 2015” (the “Resolution”), which approved the list of more than 300 State-owned...more

Large-Scale Privatization 2015 Approved

by Dentons on

On 12 May 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolution No. 271 “On Conducting a Transparent and Competitive Privatization in 2015” (the “Resolution”), which approved the list of more than 300 State-owned...more

MARAD Issues Final Policy on Licensing Offshore Oil and LNG Export Facilities

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued its final policy on May 7, 2015, regarding the review and processing of applications for the export of oil and natural gas from offshore deepwater port facilities under the Deepwater...more

OFAC Clarifies Treatment of Deferred Payments, Oil and Gas “Production,” and Artic Offshore Projects Under Russia Sanctions Regime...

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to existing U.S. sanctions against Russian entities designated on the Sectoral Sanctions...more

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