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Financing Risks of Vessel Modification Outside the United States

by Reed Smith on

Whilst there is much in the news at the moment about the relaxing of the Jones Act in the aftermath of the recent (and on-going) hurricanes, we consider the financing risks of vessel modification outside the United...more

DHS Extends Jones Act Waiver to Sept. 22 and Broadens Geographic Area Covered - Customs and Border Protection Issues Q&A...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an extension of the original Sept. 8 Jones Act waiver to Sept. 22. The extended waiver, dated Sept. 11, 2017, but only recently posted by the U.S. Department of...more

Department of Homeland Security Extends Jones Act Waiver

by Blank Rome LLP on

Maritime - ACTION ITEM: On September 12, 2017, Acting Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Elaine Duke issued a new Jones Act waiver for refined products, effectively broadening and extending the previously...more

Jones Act Waiver Extended in the Wake of Irma and Harvey

In the wake of fuel shortages arising from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Tuesday evening the US Customs and Border Protection (Customs) extended and expanded its September 8 waiver of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones...more

Jones Act Waiver Granted in Response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On September 8, 2017, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Elaine Duke granted a seven-day waiver of the Jones Act in the interest of national defense. The waiver was issued to...more

Harvey's Impact on U.S. Fuel Supply Chains May Trigger Jones Act Waiver Request - Process Cumbersome for Storm-Related Waivers,...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• A disruption of refinery operations and ocean shipping on the U.S. Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey may spur oil industry requests for a waiver of the Jones Act to permit non-U.S. vessels to move crude oil and...more

Sen. McCain's New Jones Act Repeal Effort Not Likely to Progress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Sen. John McCain's proposed "Open America's Waters Act of 2017" is the Arizona Republican's fourth effort to eliminate or sharply pare back Jones Act cabotage restrictions in the past eight years. • McCain's latest...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

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

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