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Fifth Circuit Rules Only a Seaman Can Commit Seaman’s Manslaughter

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court serves as a good reminder that criminal statutes say only what they say, and that it is up to the legislature to revise statutes to expand their scope...more

Old Dog New Tricks

The maritime community is sitting on the precipice of disaster. While regarded as one of the oldest and most well respected industries on the planet, the maritime community as a whole has failed to protect itself against the...more

In 2014, Will Congress Pass Any Maritime Legislation?

Following its usual summer break over August 2014, Congress came back from its five-week summer recess and spent a whopping eight days or so back in session before recessing once again, approximately a week early, to hit the...more

Do Armed Guards Have a Licence to Kill?

The question arises: “May a guard contracted to an owner kill a pirate?” The short but accurate answer is “of course”. The consequences of the act are not short — it may stop the parade for the killer and those around him....more

[TWIC] Identity Card is US Maritime Hobgoblin

The identity card for US transportation workers has been an expensive disaster in technical and civil liberty terms, and has brought no discernible security benefits. The hobgoblin of little minds lies in dull and mindless...more

Have We Lost SIght of Equal Protection under the Law?

The Prestige oil spill case is a shameful example of a shipmaster being criminalised in a way that would not be inflicted on a shoreside person caught up in the same circumstances.act. Hence, criminalisation is a phenomenon...more

Piracy Charge Did Not Fit the Facts

The dismissal of piracy charges against six Somalis has sparked outrage in some circles,but the judge was simply following the law....more

Masters Must Learn to Navigate the Law

The criminalisation of seafarers brings delay and added cost to a voyage as well as harassment and detention of individuals. But there are ways to reduce risk with training, information and support...more

Foreign Masters Get a Raw Deal in US

Heavy-handed security measures by US Coast Guard boarding officers are unfair and have not improved safety or security....more

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