Maritime Transport

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FMC Proposes New Rules for Ocean Common Carriers and Marine Terminal Operators

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) in FMC Docket 16-04 on Aug. 15, 2016. The FMC's July 2016 vote in favor of issuing the NPR advances a multiyear regulatory review....more

The transport sector and the Consumer Rights Act 2015

While the majority of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA) came into force on 1 October 2015, the application of the CRA to certain contracts for travel by rail, air, sea and inland waterways was deferred until 1 October 2016....more

Supreme Court Upholds Finality of Arbitral Awards

A recent Supreme Court decision raises issues over the extent of court intervention in the arbitration process and reminds us of the importance of carefully selecting institutional rules so as to avoid (if necessary) the...more

Panama Canal Update: New Locks, Bigger Ships

The hubbub surrounding the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union overshadowed the opening of two new locks on the Panama Canal on June 26th. The expansion of the canal has the potential to disrupt intermodal...more

“A Weight on Your Shoulders” – New Weighing Obligations Upon Shippers and Carriers From 1 July 2016

On 1 July 2016 the International Maritime Organisation’s amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) Convention Chapter VI enter into force. From this date, all packed containers must be accompanied by Verified Gross...more

International Maritime Bureau warns of cyber attacks

Following the issuance of Plymouth University Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group study on the risk of cyber threats, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recently issued a warning to shipping and maritime companies to...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

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: The Polar Code - Regulating Shipping in the Arctic

Diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas is allowing navigation in previously impassable waters. Intercontinental voyages through the Arctic during the summer months, either via the Northwest Passage north...more

New Container Weight Requirements Effective July 1, 2016

This summer, new container weight requirements go into effect for containers shipped overseas. The International Maritime Organization has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (“SOLAS”) to require that shippers must...more

Locked and Loaded: Panama Canal Expansion Ready to Open

At long last, the $5.3 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is set to open later this month. This week, tugboats commenced test runs loading a bulk cargo vessel into the first of three locks on the Atlantic side of the...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

Maritime cyber threats are real and need to be addressed

A study published by Plymouth University’s Maritime Cyber Threats Research Group indicates that maritime vessels are at risk for cyber-attacks as many have outdated software and are not designed with cybersecurity in mind....more

SOLAS: Saves Lives? Causes Ulcers?

On July 1, 2016, the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) requirement for shippers to provide steamship lines with the verified gross mass (“VGM”) of each shipment takes effect internationally. While under development at the...more

Congress Working Aggressively to Pass a Bipartisan WRDA in 2016

Both chambers in Congress are working aggressively to pass bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) legislation this year. Now is the time for entities interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

Maritime and space industries testing unmanned aircraft technology for surveillance

In response to the migrant crisis in Europe, the European Space Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency have selected the unmanned aircraft system TEKEVOR for testing the benefits of deploying unmanned aircraft for...more

“A Lot of Ingredients” in This Year’s WRDA

As Congress works to complete a Water Resources Development Act for 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) before the summer Congressional recess, stakeholders with an interest in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) civil works projects,...more

NVOCC Maritime Lien Enforcement: Do Your Documents Protect Your Interests?

In the recent opinion issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, World Imps., Ltd., et al. v. OEC Grp. N.Y. (In re World Imps., Ltd.), 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7118, the Court determined that certain...more

Maritime greenhouse gas emissions – update on the outcome of MEPC 69

In our March alert on this subject, we looked ahead to the 69th meeting in London of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (MEPC 69). MEPC 69 has now taken...more

Update on Kenya and Somalia’s Maritime Dispute: Implications for Energy Companies

Somalia has brought its long-simmering maritime dispute with Kenya to the International Court of Justice (the “ICJ”). The ICJ’s treatment of the case will have important repercussions not only for Somalia and Kenya (and...more

Shippers, are you ready for SOLAS’ verified container weight mandate?

Do you export your goods in an ocean-going cargo container? If so, are you ready for the SOLAS amendments that go into effect July 1? A little planning ahead of time will prevent your boxes from being left on the docks....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

Maritime GHG emissions: The Paris Agreement, an IMO MRV and ‘market-based measures’ – looking forward to MEPC 69

Tackling greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from international shipping: as the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) gears up for its 69th meeting in London starting...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

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