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Third Circuit Considering Federal Court Damages Immunity for Ocean Shipping Companies

The Shipping Act of 1984 grants limited immunity under the antitrust laws to vessel-operating common carriers that enter certain agreements, including price-fixing agreements, so long as the agreements are filed in advance...more

Offshore Crewing Requirements: Could It Make Things Worse?

It has been years (2009) since I last wrote an article discussing the availability of U.S. citizens to work offshore in support of oil and gas projects during a downturn in the economy. And now, it is even worse. With the...more

Court determines the meaning of “in light ballast condition” (again)

REGULUS SHIP SERVICES PTE LTD v (1) LUNDIN SERVICES BV (2) IKDAM PRODUCTION SA [2016] EWHC 2674 (Comm) In this case, the meaning of the term “in light ballast condition” came up for consideration by the Court for a...more

Does a shipowner have to sell its ship in order to mitigate its loss?

The greatly anticipated Supreme Court judgment on the New Flamenco is due to be heard later this year. The decision will address principles of mitigation and the assessment of damages for repudiatory breach of a time...more

Sulphur emissions to be further capped by 2020

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has confirmed that new a global cap on the sulphur content in shipping fuel will be introduced on 1 January 2020. Since 1 January 2012, the global limit has been 3.5% mass/mass...more

EPA Announces Timeline for VGP 3.0

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) primary method of regulating ballast water and other discharges is the Vessel General Permit (VGP). Under its Clean Water Act authority, the EPA established the VGP to impose...more

Watershed Ruling in U.S. Rejects OW Bunker’s Maritime Lien Claims

In a watershed decision concerning the scope of maritime liens under the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act (“CIMLA”), the District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that OW Bunker...more

OFAC and BIS Changes to Cuba Sanctions Further Ease Trade and Travel Restrictions

On October 14, 2016, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

English Court confirms that package limitation under the Hague Rules excludes a bulk cargo

A recent decision provides authority for the broadly accepted understanding that a “unit”, for the purposes of limitation under Article IV Rule 5 of the Hague Rules, cannot apply to a bulk cargo – it can only mean a physical...more

EPA Report Addresses Voluntary Strategies for Reducing Air Pollution at U.S. Ports

As part of its initiative to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases at U.S. ports, the EPA recently released a report that assesses strategies for pollution control and sustainable growth. The “National Port Strategy...more

U.S. Authorities Roll Back the ‘180-Day Ban’ for Vessels Calling at Cuban Ports

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) further eased sanctions against Cuba with a host of new...more

Developments in aircraft and marine finance for 2016

As is the case with other transportation assets, the legal considerations for aircraft and vessel finance providers (FPs) include an amalgam of state, federal and international laws. Summarized below are some of the more...more

EPA Issues “National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports”

On September 22, 2016, EPA issued a report titled “National Port Strategy Assessment: Reducing Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases at U.S. Ports” (the “Assessment”).[1] According to EPA, the Assessment supports the goal of...more

Who’s to Blame When No One is Manning the Ship?

Like it or not, technology is creeping into virtually every aspect of our daily lives. In fact, some people are so psychologically attached to their smartphones, that cellphone addiction has been given a clinical name,...more

U.S. Ballast Water Compliance Challenges and Considerations Now That IMO’s Ballast Water Convention Has Been Ratified

Action Item: Although the ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Convention will not alter U.S. compliance obligations, industry stakeholders must now consider their obligations under international law to ensure compliance...more

Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

Marine Industry White Paper: Cybersecurity Risks With Voyage Data Recorders

The maritime industry is not immune from cybersecurity risks. Navigation, product supplies and deliveries, radar systems and GPS systems are all digital and connected in today’s world, and can be subject to hacking and...more

Losing the right to limit: Privy Council confirms parties can contract out of the 1976 Limitation Convention

This Alert looks at the question of whether it is possible to contract out of or waive the right to limit liability under the 1976 Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims and if so, what is required in order...more

Changes in Cuba May Impact the Insurance Industry

While much remains to be determined, the recent easing of U.S. restrictions on travel to and trade with Cuba may bring opportunities for U.S. and global insurance companies. However, many questions and obstacles remain. This...more

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

OW Bunker in Singapore – where are we?

Although the Singapore courts have not, to date, been required to consider the legal issues which have recently come before the English courts in the Res Cogitans, the cases which have come before the Singapore courts...more

India: A False Dawn for Foreign OSV Owners

India’s ambitious drive to reduce dependence on foreign hydrocarbon imports is expected to spur almost US$30 billion of exploration and production investments including in the offshore sector. An increase in offshore...more

Collateral lies: The lie is dishonest but the claim is not

The Supreme Court rules that a collateral lie embellishing a valid claim does not amount to a fraudulent claim. Versloot Dredging BV and another (Appellants) v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others [2016] UKSC...more

Is it a new day for Jones Act enforcement? Maybe. A practical look at coastwise concerns

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

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