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South Carolina Legislative Update

House votes to OK solar; energy supporters call vote historic, S. 1189 - South Carolina took what is considered a historic step this week to change the state’s longtime resistance to solar power. The state House of...more

Full Speed Ahead: State Of The Ports Briefing 2014

Today, we attended the State of the Ports Luncheon, along with several of our Bilzin Sumberg colleagues and over 1,000 prominent business leaders in our community, including representatives from local government, major cruise...more

Where's The Fire? Coast Guard Issues Litany Of Proposed Regulations Regarding Fire Protection Systems

In a 106-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued Monday, January 13, 2014, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has undertaken a wide-ranging overhaul of the standards for fire protection, detection and extinguishment...more

Capital Thinking: Environment and Natural Resources

Nominations for U.S. Department of the Interior and EPA - On Tuesday, December 17, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will meet to consider the nomination of Neil Kornze to become the Director of the...more

Devil's Isle Detail: An Overview of the Laws Regulating Bermuda's Marine Environment

The report is based on a pro bono survey provided to the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in connection with its Coral Reef Project. The objective of the Coral Reef Project is to produce a best practices...more

New Miami In The News: Weekly Recap

This week in New Miami news, don’t miss the renderings of developer Jeff Berkowitz’s Skyrise Miami, a sleek 1000-foot observation tower that would become Miami’s tallest building. Channel deepening project begins at...more

Port of Baltimore Receives Investments for Expansion to Compete Globally

Over the past three to four years the Port of Baltimore has made significant investments in upgrading its cargo handling infrastructure to accommodate what officials hope will be a corresponding increase in cargo volume...more

Data Not Used by Port Agent in Performance of His Official Duty is Not a Public Record

A shipping association submitted a public records request for a pilot log from the port agent of the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun (“Board”). The port agent, who is a...more

Revised MARPOL Annex V: An Update

In January changes to the way in which Cargo residues were classified came into effect by way of changes to MARPOL Annex V. These changes were met with some concern by both charterers and owners in that any residues of cargo...more

Comparison of Economic Development Incentives for South Carolina and North Carolina

In This Presentation: - Business Consideration – Electricity Rates - South Carolina vs. North Carolina - Corporate License Fees/ Franchise Taxes - Income Tax Rates (C Corps) - Income Tax...more

Legislative Update 2013 -- SC Tax Incentives Legislative Update

In This Presentation: - A.Economic Development: 1.Film 2.Port 3.Abandoned Buildings 4.Angel Investors 5.Nascar/Darlington Speedway 6.Unemployment Insurance - B.Practice and...more

Infrastructure Alert - March 26, 2013

This Friday, President Obama will visit the Port of Miami. On July 19, 2012, President Obama put the Port of Miami on his “We Can’t Wait” list of expedited infrastructure projects to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to...more

Marine Transport and the FCPA

One of the things that I have been thinking about over the past few months is the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to the maritime transport industry and more specifically US/UK companies which hire...more

Infrastructure Alert - February 13, 2013

President Obama called for increased infrastructure and transportation spending in last night’s State of the Union address, stressing the need to fix failing infrastructure first and utilizing public-private partnerships...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 7, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Solar development absorbing California farmland; Vast oil reserve may now be within reach, and battle heats up; Arizona sues U.S. EPA over coal power plant emissions;...more

Call For Comments On The Third National Climate Assessment

The draft “National Assessment of Supply Chain and Other Developing Risks” was issued just last month. It outlined increasing threats to infrastructure, food and water supplies, air quality, national security, public health...more

New Iran Sanctions: Breaking Down the Breaking Points

Energy, shipping, and shipbuilding. Generally, these are the sectors of the Iranian economy that have recently come within the ambit of the existing U.S. sanctions regime against Iran. We write "generally" because in addition...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 29, 2013

The current International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) contract extension expires at the end of February 6. Carrier-paid container royalties remain the central issue in the negotiation. ...more

Public-Private Partnerships, Seaports, And The New Normal

A recent article in the PPP Bulletin, “Change we can believe in?”, explains that “PPPs are the new normal” for infrastructure projects in the United States, and public-private partnerships are being relied upon for responses...more

New Iran Sanctions Enacted

Satellite Export Controls Now Eligible to be Returned to Commerce Department Jurisdiction - On January 3, 2013, President Obama signed into law Public Law No. 112-239, the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of...more

Infrastructure Alert - January 15, 2013

The $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package is currently being debated in the House. Monday night, the Rules Committee approved 13 amendments for floor consideration. After neglecting to schedule a vote on an aid...more

Florida Port Strike May Not Happen As Negotiations Continue Into 2013: News Release of the Week

Florida's economy needs its active and efficient ports and while on one hand, there's construction underway to make Port Miami big enough to deal with the increased traffic coming from the Panama Canal expansion, on the other...more

ILA-USMX Contract Extended 30 Days

The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) agreed on a 30-day extension of the current coast-wide master contract, temporarily shielding East and Gulf Coast ports from...more

Port Miami, International Trade, and the Panama Canal Expansion: Another Reason to be Optimistic About South Florida's Economic...

The floodgates for unprecedented foreign interest in Florida real estate, especially commercial development, may be opening for Miami and South Florida as many miles to the south of us, the Panama Canal expansion comes closer...more

Strike Threatens Port of Charleston

After the latest breakdown in labor negotiations, ports along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, including Charleston, are threatened with a strike by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). The ILA and the...more

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