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Jones Act Vessels

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

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

Customs withdraws Notice of Proposed Modification regarding the application of coastwise laws

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency withdrew its notice of proposed modification and revocation of a series of letter rulings relating to its position on the application of the coastwise laws to the...more

Does Federal Wage Decision Bring A Sea Change To Offshore Operations? 5th Circuit Case Clarifies FLSA Exemption Standard For...

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent federal court decision may bring about a new wave of overtime claims by offshore workers, particularly those working within the territorial waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Halle v. Galliano Marine...more

Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform...more

Furie and DHS Settle Dispute over Largest-Ever Jones Act Fine

by Cozen O'Connor on

Furie Operating Alaska, LLC (formerly Escopeta Oil Company, LLC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly filed a Stipulation of Dismissal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on March 24, 2017,...more

Cabotage Or Sabotage? Controversial Proposal By CBP To Reverse Course On Decades-Old Policy Regarding Foreign Flag Vessels In Gulf...

by Baker Donelson on

In a sweeping move that has been widely and vociferously praised by supporters and passionately decried by opponents, the Customs and Border Patrol Agency (CBP) on the second-to-last day of the Obama administration’s tenure,...more

Sailing with the Trump Transition: Cargo, Cabotage and Maritime Infrastructure in 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Once he assumes office on Jan. 20, 2017, President-Elect Donald Trump will be responsible for managing a mix of cargo preference, ship documentation, cabotage, and related rules and laws dating back to the First Congress,...more

Is it a new day for Jones Act enforcement? Maybe. A practical look at coastwise concerns

by DLA Piper on

The Jones Act (46 U.S.C. § 55102) provides that the transportation of merchandise between coastwise US points is prohibited unless performed by vessels that are US-built, owned, and documented. US Customs and Border...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

Punitive Damages Only Mostly Dead Under General Maritime Law

Following the Fifth Circuit’s opinion in McBride v. Estis Well Service, 768 F.3d 382, 391 (5th Cir. 2014), we reported that punitive damages had “expired and gone to meet their maker” when it comes to Jones Act seamen. As it...more

“In Navigation” Status for Vessels under Renovation Remains Unclear

A Texas court of appeals recently held that a drill ship undergoing a renovation for nearly two years in dry dock might still be a “vessel in navigation.” Gold v. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., No. 14-15-00123-CV, (Tex....more

Shipping Act Antitrust Exemption Held for the First Time to Preempt State Antitrust Laws

by K&L Gates LLP on

For the first time, a federal court has held that the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 U.S.C. §§ 40101–41309 (Shipping Act), preempts state-law antitrust claims. The federal district court in New Jersey applied conflict preemption...more

New Jones Act Enforcement Initiative

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a Notice to the Area Port of New Orleans Trade Community on November 12, 2014, announcing electronic online reporting of possible Jones Act violations. Owners and...more

Foundering On "Sea-Tossed" Waters? The Fifth Circuit Grants En Banc Rehearing in Estis

by Baker Donelson on

After making a splash in October of 2013 with a landmark ruling in McBride v. Estis Well Service, L.L.C., 731 F.3d 505, 517 (5th Cir. 2013) "that punitive damages remain available to seamen as a remedy for the general...more

But I’m Not Dead Yet! Punitive Damages For Unseaworthiness Claims Live On

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently concluded that Jones Act seamen can recover punitive damages for their employer’s willful and wanton breach of the general maritime duty to provide a seaworthy vessel, in...more

Jurgens And Bercaw Establish A Tension Leg Platform Is Not A Vessel

Jack Jurgens and Jim Bercaw succeeded in obtaining a partial summary judgment from District Judge Lance M. Africk that the MATTERHORN SEASTAR, a floating tension leg platform (“TLP”) secured to the Outer Continental Shelf off...more

Jones Act Status Remains Unavailable On SPARS

Jones Act status remains unavailable on SPAR Platforms, a type of deepwater floating oil drilling and production facility used in the offshore petroleum industry. While, as noted in the recent blog by Joseph Devall, Jr., the...more

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