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With increasing frequency, parties to charters and other maritime contracts are including so-called Designated Entity Clauses or “OFAC” provisions. These clauses have the aim of complying with sanction programs such those...more
Despite the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and natural gas fracking boom three years ago, experts expect offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to produce huge amounts of oil. Big finds, which are known as “elephant fields”...more
Over the past three to four years the Port of Baltimore has made significant investments in upgrading its cargo handling infrastructure to accommodate what officials hope will be a corresponding increase in cargo volume...more
Noted Admiralty Attorney and Author, Dr. Capt. John A.C. Cartner was interviewed by Maritime TV in response to recent press accounts of a lawsuit claim filed by several former crew members of the Maersk Alabama related to...more
Delivered as an Invited Speech to The National [U.S.A.] Academy of Engineering,
(Section 12) Annual Meeting
7 October 2013
In its recent decision in the case of Felix Klomega v The Attorney General and others, the Supreme Court in Ghana has provided much needed guidance to the international community when looking to contract...more
The elephant in the room in West Africa, so to speak, and the suppression of piracy is corruption....more
Current status in Egypt -
The overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian military has resulted in violent scenes, civil unrest and hundreds of deaths across Egypt. Many in the maritime world are watching...more
The Federal Maritime Commission issued a new rule earlier this year that, effective July 19, registered, foreign-based NVOCCs may take advantage of Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs), in lieu of published rates in their...more
Piecemeal and stopgap measures added to existing and increasingly cumbersome and antiquated laws are not working to foster strong US merchant marine foreign trade fleets and domestic fleets which are essential to the...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
In This Presentation:
Update on the Rotterdam Rules.
Excerpt from Update on the Rotterdam Rules -
What is it?
..The Rotterdam Rules is a new draft multilateral Convention to update the liability...more
For the past sixty years, and until January 11, 2013, U.S. federal courts routinely have applied the comparatively expansive (and potentially creditor-friendly) "maritime law of veil piercing" when examining veil-piercing...more
As a first step towards reducing the marine transport industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, on 28 June 2013 the European Commission (the “Commission”) tabled a draft Regulation to introduce a system of monitoring and...more
On July 1, 2013 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held that plaintiffs in separate lawsuits could not be joined together for purposes of complying with the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).The Court rejected...more
On May 31, 2013, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule regarding Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTI) in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 32,946 (Federal Maritime Commission...more
Today, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted 3-2 to move forward with reforming the Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTI) rules, regulating U.S.- and foreign-based non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCC)...more
On May 9, 2013, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that they had entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) concerning offshore safety and environmental regulations....more
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
The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under which foreign unlicensed Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) will be allowed to register with the Commission and...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
One of the things that I have been thinking about over the past few months is the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to the maritime transport industry and more specifically US/UK companies which hire...more