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Mainbrace: March 2017 (No. 2)

by Blank Rome LLP on

What’s different about “change” in 2017? It certainly seems that we need to redefine what we mean when we consider the term itself. Shipping historically has been a conservative industry, but its adaptability over the...more

SEMS and SMS

by Baker Donelson on

Following on this week’s series regarding the new batch of four USCG-BSEE MOUs, this post will discuss the fourth, concerning safety systems. Perhaps one of the most confounding and critical areas of overlap between the...more

Incident Notification & Investigations

by Baker Donelson on

Following on this week’s series regarding the new batch of four USCG-BSEE MOUs, this post will discuss the third, concerning incident reporting. Hand in glove with the civil penalties and SEMS/SMS MOUs (the latter to be...more

“One Gulf, One Standard” Evolves – USCG and BSEE Sign Four New MOUs in Efforts to Clarify Their Regulatory Roles on the OCS

by Baker Donelson on

For the past few years, this blog has attempted to chart the fraught and developing regulatory overlap between the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Bureau of Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in the fallout from the...more

Federal Appellate Court Stays Initial Date for Meeting New Ballast Water Discharge Limits – But Only for Canadian Shipowners...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 9, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay of the January 1, 2014 deadline for installation of ballast water treatment technology required by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

Eastern District of Louisiana Rules that Factual Portions of Incident Report by Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement...

by Baker Donelson on

In the new world of shared regulatory oversight between the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and BSEE on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), a mundane devil-in-the-details – but nonetheless vitally important question – had...more

“One Shelf, One Standard”: Coast Guard Musings On The Status And Future Of The Outer Continental Shelf

by Baker Donelson on

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety and Security Council issued the winter issue of its quarterly magazine Proceedings: Journal of Safety and Security at Sea in February, providing insights to the long and...more

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

A Far Cry from the Same Injury: Judge Rebuffs Class Action Against Copyright “Settlement Fraud”

Ever since the entertainment industry figured out how to use IP addresses to bring copyright infringement lawsuits against illegal downloaders, defendants and critics have been calling these plaintiffs “trolls”. But...more

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