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 Panama Canal Authority and the GPUC, the construction consortium working on its expansion, have been deadlocked over whether the Canal will pay for $1.6 billion in cost overruns. Construction halted on February 5 due to...more
On October 30, 2013, the United States Coast Guard published a “Proposed Policy Letter: Carriage of Conditionally Permitted Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water in Bulk” (“Proposed Policy”) pertaining to the barging of “shale...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 Department of Transportation Executive Summary Draft Fiscal Year 2014-2018 Strategic Plan was just issued for comments with very little mention of maritime.
Dr. Cartner issued a white paper that outlines a 10 Point Plan...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
Reflections on Panama's Criminal Justice System and its impact on Maritime Law and the transportation industry including Corruption, Effective Rule of Law, International Maritime Organization, False Imprisonment by Dr....more
Reflections of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program and its impact on Maritime and transportation industry by Dr. Cartner.
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
In This Presentation:
Federal Regulation of Ports; Federal Port Regulation in a Nutshell; Additional Prohibitions (Apply to other actors, not bound by reasonableness factors); Agreements Must be Filed if . . .; Other...more
The Convention of Liability for Maritime Claims 19 November 1976 ("1976 LLMC" or the "Convention"), as amended by the Protocol of 1996, is a convention designed primarily to limit liability for shipowners for maritime...more
On April 29, 2013, the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion for the en banc Court in New Orleans Depot Services, Inc. v. Director OWCP, 718 F.3d 384 (5th Cir. 2013) that effectively reformulated the 1972 situs jurisdictional...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
Shipping has its fortunes anchored to the health of the global economy.
As long as supply exceeds demand, there will be companies at risk of failure. More than four years into the industry’s downturn, market equilibrium...more
On May 31, 2013, the United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a wide-ranging proposed rulemaking significantly affecting the licensing, financial responsibility and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries...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
Environmental and Policy Focus -
Federal omission in closing oyster farm broke law, court told - Los Angeles Times - May 14:
The U.S. Interior Department violated federal law by failing to conduct an...more
On May 17, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum to aid in streamline permitting processes for infrastructure projects. The memorandum creates a steering committee whose goal is to cut project completion times in...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
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