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New Jones Act Legislation Pending, with Puerto Rico Focus - Is Temporary Jones Act Relief Possible for Reconstruction?

• Four bills are currently pending in Congress to repeal or limit the reach of the Jones Act, including three that are focused upon relief efforts to assist Puerto Rico after the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria. •...more

DHS Approves Waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on Sept. 28, 2017, approved a waiver of the Jones Act in response to the severe impact Hurricanes Irma and Maria have had on Puerto Rico. The U.S. Department of Homeland...more

DHS: Final Decision Has Not Been Made on Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Sept. 27, 2017, said that it has not formally denied a Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico requested on Sept. 25 by Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) and seven other members of the...more

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

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

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

• 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

• 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

Cruise Passenger Protection Act: A Proposed Step Toward Uniform Passenger Legal Rights - But Major Regulatory Compliance...

• The Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2017, a U.S. Senate bill introduced as S.1502 on June 29, 2017, proposes a broad range of notice, procedural and oversight provisions for the cruise line industry. The bill is designed...more

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

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

Transportation Developments in the Trump Administration's First 100 Days

In January 2017, Holland & Knight Transportation & Infrastructure lawyers and senior advisors prepared 20 posts for the 20 days leading to President Donald Trump's inauguration regarding what to expect from the Trump...more

History Doesn't Bode Well For New Commercial Cargo Preference Bill

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), joined by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), recently introduced H.R. 1240, the Energizing American Maritime Act, described as a bill "to require a certain percentage of...more

Sailing with the Trump Transition: Cargo, Cabotage and Maritime Infrastructure in 2017

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

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

Coast Guard Requests Comments on Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study - Report Includes Guidance on Offshore Wind Farm Siting...

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016, announcing the availability of, and seeking comments on, the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS) Final Report. The ACPARS was...more

Uncertainty Follows Coast Guard Comments on SOLAS Container Weight Regulation

Some confusion and uncertainty has arisen in the international ocean shipping and logistics industry following several public statements and FAQs released by the U.S. Coast Guard in the past few days regarding the impending...more

U.S. Coast Guard Comments on SOLAS Verified Gross Mass Rule Implementation

Pursuant to recent amendments to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, Chapter VI, Regulation 2, effective on July 1, 2016, shippers will be required to provide ocean...more

FMC to Start Two Regulatory Reviews Regarding Industry Regulations

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted this week to start the regulatory review process regarding ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator (MTO) agreements (the Carrier/MTO Agreement Review). The review,...more

FMC Issues Final Rule Regarding Freight Forwarder and NVOCC Requirements

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued its Final Rule in FMC Docket 13-05 on Nov. 3, 2015. The Commission's October vote in favor of issuing the Final Rule concluded a multiyear review and rulemaking that largely...more

Federal Maritime Commission Proposes New Rules for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries

On May 31, 2013, the United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a wide-ranging proposed rulemaking significantly affecting the licensing, financial responsibility and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries...more

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Federal Maritime Commission to Open Use of Liner Negotiated Rate Agreements to Foreign NVOCCs

The United States Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under which foreign unlicensed Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) will be allowed to register with the Commission and...more

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