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Losing the right to limit: Privy Council confirms parties can contract out of the 1976 Limitation Convention

This Alert looks at the question of whether it is possible to contract out of or waive the right to limit liability under the 1976 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims and if so, what is required in order...more

OW Bunker in Singapore – where are we?

Although the Singapore courts have not, to date, been required to consider the legal issues which have recently come before the English courts in the Res Cogitans, the cases which have come before the Singapore courts...more

India: A False Dawn for Foreign OSV Owners

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

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

Court of Appeal rules on indefinite demurrage claims

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. v. Cottonex Anstalt - [2015] EWHC 283 (Comm) - A Court of Appeal decision handed down on 27 July 2016 of this week ruled that demurrage on detained containers, which could not...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

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

Award issued by Permanent Court of Arbitration in South China Sea dispute

A ruling in the long-running South China Sea dispute was released by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday and has immediately become global front-page news. Initiated by the Philippines against...more

Panama Canal Update: New Locks, Bigger Ships

The hubbub surrounding the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union overshadowed the opening of two new locks on the Panama Canal on June 26th. The expansion of the canal has the potential to disrupt intermodal...more

“A Weight on Your Shoulders” – New Weighing Obligations Upon Shippers and Carriers From 1 July 2016

On 1 July 2016 the International Maritime Organisation’s amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) Convention Chapter VI enter into force. From this date, all packed containers must be accompanied by Verified Gross...more

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

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

International Maritime Bureau warns of cyber attacks

Following the issuance of Plymouth University Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group study on the risk of cyber threats, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recently issued a warning to shipping and maritime companies to...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

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: The Polar Code - Regulating Shipping in the Arctic

Diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas is allowing navigation in previously impassable waters. Intercontinental voyages through the Arctic during the summer months, either via the Northwest Passage north...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 259-Dani Perez on business in Cuba [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Dani Perez on his experiences on doing business in Cuba. ...more

Locked and Loaded: Panama Canal Expansion Ready to Open

At long last, the $5.3 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is set to open later this month. This week, tugboats commenced test runs loading a bulk cargo vessel into the first of three locks on the Atlantic side of the...more

SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (“VGM”) Countdown: Will You Be Ready on July 1, 2016?

Action Item: With less than 30 days remaining before the July 1, 2016, effective date of the new International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) Regulation VI/2 amendments, the International Maritime...more

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

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

SOLAS: Saves Lives? Causes Ulcers?

On July 1, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) requirement for shippers to provide steamship lines with the verified gross mass (“VGM”) of each shipment takes effect internationally. While under development at the...more

The U.S. Election: Evaluating the Ramifications for Maritime

A proverb common to both Greek and Turkish cultures states that a wolf may change its fur, but does not change its nature (? ????? t?? t???a a????e?, t? ???? de? t`a????e? /Kurt tüyünü degistirir, huyunu degistirmez). In...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

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

The Global Santosh: The Supreme Court provides guidance on a charterer’s responsibility for its agents

NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV (Respondent) v Cargill International SA (Appellant) (“The Global Santosh”) [2016] UKSC 20 (overturning the Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Civ 403) - The Supreme Court last week handed down an...more

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

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

Third Circuit Decisions Affirms Contractual Extension/Modification of Maritime Liens

A decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on April 20, 2016, affirms the ability of ocean carriers and their customers to extend and/or modify the possessory lien that carriers have on cargo under...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

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