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Bongs and Busts – the Danger of State Cannabis Laws to Non-U.S. Citizens

Seattle, Washington, where I practice, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. Its natural beauty and cosmopolitan vibe are two of its biggest attractions. But increasingly, Cannabis Tourism has been a...more

U.S. Coast Guard Updates Marine Casualty Reporting Forms

Action Item: The U.S. Coast Guard released an updated version of the CG-2692 forms for reports of marine casualties, commercial diving casualties, and outer continental shelf-related casualties. Vessel owners and operators...more

Coast Guard Issues Inspection of Towing Vessels Final Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard Inspection of Towing Vessels Final Rule under 46 CFR Subchapter M takes effect on July 20, 2016. The Rule, published this week, has its roots in the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004,...more

Final Rule On Inspection Of Towing Vessels Published After 12 Years In The Making

Action Item: The recently published Subchapter M Final Rule establishes a comprehensive safety system and inspection program for towing vessels. Stakeholders involved in the operation or ownership of towing vessels should...more

Mainbrace: June 2016 (No. 3)

As the July 1, 2016, effective date for the SOLAS Regulation VI/2 amendments quickly approaches, unanswered questions and difficulties complying with varied international and domestic implementations loom large. In an effort...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

Coast Guard Requests Comments on Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study - Report Includes Guidance on Offshore Wind Farm Siting...

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016, announcing the availability of, and seeking comments on, the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS) Final Report. The ACPARS was...more

Cyber Risks and Insurance in the Marine Industry

The first wireless radio equipment was used aboard Lightship 70 in 1899. Over the next 115 years, the use of technology in the maritime domain has driven rapid change in the United States Coast Guard’s operating environment —...more

Uncertainty Follows Coast Guard Comments on SOLAS Container Weight Regulation

Some confusion and uncertainty has arisen in the international ocean shipping and logistics industry following several public statements and FAQs released by the U.S. Coast Guard in the past few days regarding the impending...more

“A Look Ahead To 2016” – The Coast Guard Charts Its Course For The Coming Year

The United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas recently penned an article for the Marine News magazine, February 2016 edition, highlighting the Coast Guard’s “priorities” for 2016. The article is available at the...more

Heavy Lifting: U.S. Coast Guard Confirms Container Verified Gross Mass Requirement Will Not Be Delayed

Action Item: A recent amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) regarding requirements for providing certain cargo information, including weight, prior to loading has caused industry...more

White House Completes Review of Wastewater Barge Pre-Rule

The Obama administration has completed its review of the Coast Guard’s pre-rule on the bulk transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. The pre-rule itself has not been released, but its title (“Carriage of...more

U.S. Coast Guard Comments on SOLAS Verified Gross Mass Rule Implementation

Pursuant to recent amendments to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, Chapter VI, Regulation 2, effective on July 1, 2016, shippers will be required to provide ocean...more

Mainbrace: January 2016 No. 1

2015 was an interesting year for the shipping industry. The dry bulk market had a very challenging 2015, with the Baltic Dry Index hitting new all-time lows. Based on various reports, the outlook for 2016 is not very...more

D.C. Appeals Court: Coast Guard May Impose Non-Financial Conditions for Departure Clearance in “Magic Pipe” Case

In Watervale Marine Co. v. U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently affirmed a district court ruling allowing the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security –...more

2016 Federal Spending Bill Will Impact Immigration Programs

The fiscal year 2016 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill funds the Government’s immigration provisions, among others, through September 30, 2016. It will saddle many immigration programs with harsh fees...more

D.C. Circuit Holds that Coast Guard May Impose Nonfinancial Conditions Before Allowing Ships Accused of Violating MARPOL to Leave...

On December 15, 2015, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that the U.S. Coast Guard could impose nonfinancial conditions, in addition to a bond, before permitting ships under suspicion of a MARPOL...more

U.S. Coast Guard Issues Final Rule Raising OPA 90 Liability Limits

Action Item: The U.S. Coast Guard published a Final Rule increasing limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA 90”). The raise in liability limits also...more

Reporting Marine Casualties: U.S. Coast Guard Guidance Helps to Bring Some Clarity to the Debate

In July 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard released the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-15 (“NVIC”), titled Marine Casualty Reporting Procedures Guide with Associated Standard Interpretations. The purpose of the NVIC is...more

Mainbrace: October 2015, No. 4

As with the world economy, the shipping markets are currently experiencing a major bout of volatility. The wide range of matters we are handling in our maritime law practice certainly reflects the current swings the shipping...more

U.S. Coast Guard Revises Policy on Extensions for the Installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems

Action Item: The U.S. Coast Guard issued a new policy letter that streamlines the process for vessel owners and operators to apply for an extension to their compliance date for installing ballast water treatment systems....more

Federal Agencies Announce Steps to Expedite Reviews of Infrastructure Projects

On September 22, the Administration announced two new policies that will facilitate a more transparent and efficient permitting and review process for complex infrastructure projects. First, federal agencies announced...more

Fifth Circuit Concludes That FCA Claim Was Not Covered By Insurance Policy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently rejected a shipbuilder’s claim against its insurance company seeking defense and indemnification from a False Claims Act suit. See XL Spec. Ins. Co. v. Bollinger...more

Employer Not Required to Accommodate Inability to Work Predictable Hours

In recent administrative actions, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that regular attendance is not an essential job function under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The agency views...more

Don’t Be Injured in a Boating Accident: The End of Summer Does Not Mean the End of Boating Safety

The State of Michigan is in the heart of four of the Great Lakes. In addition, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, we enjoy the presence of more than 10,000 inland lakes and over 35,000 miles of...more

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