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Fifth Circuit Addresses A Complicated Cargo Dispute, Resulting In A Victory For Vessel-Operating Common Carriers

by Liskow & Lewis on

In GIC Services, L.L.C. v. Freightplus USA, Inc., No. 15-3097 (5th Cir. Aug. 8, 2017), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an ocean carrier stiffed by an intermediary in a freight transaction may...more

New Sanctions Law Complicates Trade Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

Politics and sanctions law go hand-in-hand. In a rare instance of bi-partisanship, Congress united to constrain the administration’s ability to modify the existing sanctions program against Russia. At the same time, Congress...more

Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA

by Reed Smith on

The High Court has handed down Judgment in Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA [2017] EWHC 1734 (Comm) highlighting the importance of ensuring that communication and conduct for the purpose of accepting repudiatory breach is clear...more

Contribution Under the Oil Pollution Act

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a responsible party under the federal Oil Pollution Act (OPA) could seek contribution for cleanup costs—even though they may include purely economic damages—from a partially liable...more

Profiting from breach: when must an innocent party give credit?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court has considered when a claimant must give credit when, following a breach by the defendant, it ends up in a better position financially. Following a repudiatory breach by the defendant charterer of a ship,...more

Coast Guard, DHS Mandate Cybersecurity Reporting, Move to Require Maritime Cybersecurity Programs - Trump Administration, Congress...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Cybersecurity risks to the nation's critical infrastructure (CI) – defined as 17 CI sectors, including the transportation and maritime sector – continue to grow exponentially. The U.S. government and Department of Homeland...more

Arrested Development: Ship Released from Arrest Despite Pending Appeal

In Platypus Marine, Inc. v. TATU (TATU), the Federal Court of Canada (Court) ordered that the defendant ship be released from arrest because there was no outstanding judgment. Although the plaintiff was appealing a judgment...more

Update: Does a Shipowner Have to Sell Its Ship in Order to Mitigate Its Loss? Supreme Court Says No!

by Reed Smith on

In our client alert “Does a shipowner have to sell its ship in order to mitigate its loss?” in November 2016, we discussed the controversial Court of Appeal decision in The New Flamenco. On 28 June 2017 the eagerly...more

SUPPLYTIME 2017

by Reed Smith on

On 6 June 2017 BIMCO approved an updated version of the widely adopted, if not always wisely adapted, SUPPLYTIME form. Many had commented that the previous version of the form (2005) was inadequate in a number of significant...more

The benefit of hindsight: the Supreme Court resets the course of the New Flamenco, and the law on mitigation of damages

by White & Case LLP on

The much-anticipated judgment of the Supreme Court in Globalia Business Travel SAU (formerly TravelPlan SAU) of Spain v Fulton Shipping Inc1 ("The New Flamenco") has been handed down, overruling the Court of Appeal and...more

Application of the Crossing Rules When in Proximity to a Narrow Channel or Fairway, and the “Alexandra 1”

by Reed Smith on

In March this year the Admiralty Court in London handed down its judgment in respect of a collision between “Alexandra 1” (“A1”) and “Ever Smart” (“ES”) (see: Nautical Challenge Ltd v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd [2017] EWHC 453...more

U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center Issues Rebuild Determination with Newly Imposed “Cumulative Steelweight”...

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: A recently published Rebuild Determination Letter issued by the National Vessel Documentation Center (“NVDC”) adds a significant new criteria in making Jones Act rebuild determinations by calling into question...more

Ocean Victory - A port in any storm?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The UK Supreme Court’s recent judgment has added clarity to the extent of the safe port warranty often given by Charterers pursuant to a time charter. In this article, we look at a Charterer’s potential liability when giving...more

The “New Flamenco”

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court has today handed down Judgment allowing Owners’ appeal in the “New Flamenco”. For those of you who are not familiar with the case, Charterers were in repudiatory breach of the Charterparty, which Owners...more

Shipowner Who Tried to Skirt Club Rules Runs Aground in Court

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued a decision finding that a shipowner member was bound to a P&I Club’s board of directors’ decision to deny coverage for that member’s losses arising...more

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. Fifth Circuit Greenlights Contribution Action for Purely Economic Damages Under Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Settoon Towing, L.L.C. v. Marquette Transportation Company, L.L.C., No. 16-30459 (5th Cir. Jun. 9, 2017), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held for the first time that a Responsible Party under the Oil...more

Literal Interpretation – Not Always Black and White?

by Sedgwick LLP on

In Atlasnavios-v-Navigators Insurance, the Court of Appeal (the highest court within the Senior Courts of England and Wales) found that Insurers were entitled to rely on a literal interpretation of a standard war risks...more

Cyber Issues in Shipping

by Reed Smith on

We have had reports of an email scam being circulated amongst owners and charterers and, in particular, being sent to ships. These emails are being sent by scammers posing as law firms in order to distribute malware,...more

The Supreme Court Decision in The Ocean Victory

by Reed Smith on

1. More than a decade has passed since the now infamous ship allided with the breakwater at Kashima, grounded and then eventually broke in two, having tried to depart the port during severe conditions. 2. The severity of...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

Fifth Circuit Dismisses For Lack Of Jurisdiction Appeal Of Court’s Order Selecting Arbitrators

by Carlton Fields on

Bordelon Marine, LLC sued Bibby Subsea ROV, LLC for damages and for writ of attachment arising out of a disagreement over the chartering of an offshore vessel. Pending arbitration, litigation was stayed, but a dispute arose...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

District Court in Cal Dive Rules Against Vessel Owner's Challenge to Maritime Lien

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has denied a motion for summary judgment filed by a vessel owner that sought to dismiss the maritime lien claim of a provider of deck personnel. The court's...more

The Supreme Court decision in the Ocean Victory

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court decision in the Ocean Victory was handed down this morning. We will prepare a detailed client alert on the implications of the decision, but for now can report that: (1) Unsafe ports - The Supreme...more

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