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Shippers, Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs and Carriers' Maritime Incident Warning Signs - Lessons Learned and Action Items for In-House...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Despite the alleged softening of the maritime industry since 2008-09, the volume of waterborne trade continues to rise. The ebbs and flows of the industry mean changing partnerships and alliances, more complicated logistics...more

Coast Guard, DHS Mandate Cybersecurity Reporting, Move to Require Maritime Cybersecurity Programs - Trump Administration, Congress...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Cybersecurity risks to the nation's critical infrastructure (CI) – defined as 17 CI sectors, including the transportation and maritime sector – continue to grow exponentially. The U.S. government and Department of Homeland...more

Arrested Development: Ship Released from Arrest Despite Pending Appeal

In Platypus Marine, Inc. v. TATU (TATU), the Federal Court of Canada (Court) ordered that the defendant ship be released from arrest because there was no outstanding judgment. Although the plaintiff was appealing a judgment...more

Update: Does a Shipowner Have to Sell Its Ship in Order to Mitigate Its Loss? Supreme Court Says No!

by Reed Smith on

In our client alert “Does a shipowner have to sell its ship in order to mitigate its loss?” in November 2016, we discussed the controversial Court of Appeal decision in The New Flamenco. On 28 June 2017 the eagerly...more

SUPPLYTIME 2017

by Reed Smith on

On 6 June 2017 BIMCO approved an updated version of the widely adopted, if not always wisely adapted, SUPPLYTIME form. Many had commented that the previous version of the form (2005) was inadequate in a number of significant...more

Application of the Crossing Rules When in Proximity to a Narrow Channel or Fairway, and the “Alexandra 1”

by Reed Smith on

In March this year the Admiralty Court in London handed down its judgment in respect of a collision between “Alexandra 1” (“A1”) and “Ever Smart” (“ES”) (see: Nautical Challenge Ltd v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd [2017] EWHC 453...more

U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center Issues Rebuild Determination with Newly Imposed “Cumulative Steelweight”...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: A recently published Rebuild Determination Letter issued by the National Vessel Documentation Center (“NVDC”) adds a significant new criteria in making Jones Act rebuild determinations by calling into question...more

Greek Shipowners Extend Voluntary Tax

Greek shipowners have agreed to extend a voluntary tax contribution to the Greek government, which I previously blogged about, for an additional year due to the fact that Greece is still struggling with its debt crisis....more

New Developments at OSHA - July 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

OSHA Seeks to Reverse Beryllium Rule For Certain Industries Beryllium, a lightweight metal, presents hazards in the workplace. It is has been linked to lung cancer and Chronic Beryllium Disease, a debilitating lung disease...more

Fifth Circuit: Responsible Party Has Right to Recover Contribution from Others at Fault in Oil Spills

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In a recent ruling dated June 9, 2017, In re: Complaint of Settoon Towing LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit interpreted the statutory language of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to grant the responsible...more

Ocean Victory - A port in any storm?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The UK Supreme Court’s recent judgment has added clarity to the extent of the safe port warranty often given by Charterers pursuant to a time charter. In this article, we look at a Charterer’s potential liability when giving...more

NTSB Publishes Two Rules Governing Agency Investigative Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 29, 2017, published a final rule covering 49 C.F.R. 831 subparts A-D and an interim final rule for 49 C.F.R. 831 subpart E, both of which are effective July 31, 2017...more

Is There a Coming Sea Change in the Analysis of whether Energy Services Contracts Are Maritime?

In 1990, the U.S. Fifth Circuit rendered its decision in Davis & Sons, Inc. v. Gulf Oil Corp., through which the Court attempted to harmonize the existing state of the law to determine whether a contract to supply a work...more

OSHA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Revoke Certain Provisions of Beryllium Rule Applicable to the Construction and Shipyard Sectors

by Littler on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reconsidering portions of a final rule setting standards for occupational exposure to beryllium. The rule, published January 9, 2017, was initially set to take...more

Shipowner Who Tried to Skirt Club Rules Runs Aground in Court

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued a decision finding that a shipowner member was bound to a P&I Club’s board of directors’ decision to deny coverage for that member’s losses arising...more

Mainbrace: June 2017 (No. 3)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Welcome to the summer 2017 edition of Mainbrace. To say we live in interesting times would be a serious understatement. We read headlines on a daily basis that challenge traditionally accepted notions of how governments...more

Literal Interpretation – Not Always Black and White?

by Sedgwick LLP on

In Atlasnavios-v-Navigators Insurance, the Court of Appeal (the highest court within the Senior Courts of England and Wales) found that Insurers were entitled to rely on a literal interpretation of a standard war risks...more

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will publish notices on June 8, 2017, soliciting public comments to help shape their regulatory reform efforts under Executive Order (EO) 13771,...more

Cyber Issues in Shipping

by Reed Smith on

We have had reports of an email scam being circulated amongst owners and charterers and, in particular, being sent to ships. These emails are being sent by scammers posing as law firms in order to distribute malware,...more

Plotting the Course for Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Action

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update attempts to navigate the mixed messages of recent government actions including (i) Customs and Border Protection’s letter ruling modification...more

Collecting Your Goods – Electronic Release System

by Reed Smith on

The Court of Appeal handed down a judgment this week in MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA v Glencore International AG [2017] EWCA Civ 365 relating to a dispute arising out of the Electronic Release System (“ERS”) in...more

“Last Employer Rule” in Occupational Disease Addressed by Fifth Circuit

On May 17, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rendered a decision affirming an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., et al. v. Director, OWCP, et al., No. 16-60370. ...more

Proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act—Defining Canada's Pacific Gateway

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On 12 May 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-48, the proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, in Parliament. This initiative follows up on the launch of the national Oceans Protection Plan in November 2016, and...more

The Supreme Court Decision in The Ocean Victory

by Reed Smith on

1. More than a decade has passed since the now infamous ship allided with the breakwater at Kashima, grounded and then eventually broke in two, having tried to depart the port during severe conditions. 2. The severity of...more

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

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