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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• 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

Mainbrace: October 2017 (No. 4)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Note from the Maritime Industry Team - Large sectors of the maritime industry—especially offshore—remain in the doldrums, but it nonetheless has been a busy few months for our Blank Rome Maritime group. Our Washington,...more

Keeping Up With The Jones Act

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On September 28th, the Trump administration announced the decision to temporarily waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, effective for 10 days. “It will go into effect immediately,” according to White House press secretary...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Hurricane Waivers and Infrastructure Funding [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update highlights: (i) the unprecedented nature of the recent Jones Act waiver, (ii) available infrastructure funding through the TIGER program, (iii)...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

Plotting the Course for Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Action

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update attempts to navigate the mixed messages of recent government actions including (i) Customs and Border Protection’s letter ruling modification...more

Transportation Developments in the Trump Administration's First 100 Days

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

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

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update - March 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Welcome to the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update. Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Timing for New MARAD Administrator

by K&L Gates LLP on

Currently, the focus is on President Trump’s cabinet-level nominations, but a number of vital presidential appointments remain outstanding. Of the more than 4,000 presidential appointments, nearly 1,000 require Senate...more

Marine Insurance in the Trump Presidency: Smooth Sailing in 2017?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Although the Trump Administration's plans for significant infrastructure investment, including key ports and terminals, bode well for the marine industry, it is unclear how proposed restrictive trade policies will impact port...more

International Maritime Treaties Recognition and Trump: Protectionist or Progressive?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Much has been theorized in the past two months concerning whether the Trump Administration will follow through on President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to "rip up" international trade deals such as the North American...more

Follow – and Expand? – the Fleet

by Holland & Knight LLP on

It is a fundamental precept of military planning that naval operations are a capital-intensive endeavor, given the long time involved in the design and construction of the ships of the U.S. Navy's fleet. The Navy currently...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

Federal Defense Landscape for 2017

Over the course of the next year, we are likely to see a new approach to the U.S. national security decision-making apparatus. While the Obama Administration often relied on an inner circle of key advisors to inform defense...more

Congress Working Aggressively to Pass a Bipartisan WRDA in 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

Both chambers in Congress are working aggressively to pass bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) legislation this year. Now is the time for entities interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

The U.S. Election: Evaluating the Ramifications for Maritime

by Blank Rome LLP on

A proverb common to both Greek and Turkish cultures states that a wolf may change its fur, but does not change its nature (? ????? t?? t???a a????e?, t? ???? de? t`a????e? /Kurt tüyünü degistirir, huyunu degistirmez). In...more

“A Lot of Ingredients” in This Year’s WRDA

by K&L Gates LLP on

As Congress works to complete a Water Resources Development Act for 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) before the summer Congressional recess, stakeholders with an interest in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) civil works projects,...more

Effect of Energy Policy Bills on Natural Gas Exports

Legislative Update. On April 20, the U.S. Senate passed broad legislation that covers many different aspects of the energy and environmental sectors, including changes to streamline the approval process for the export of...more

White House Completes Review of Wastewater Barge Pre-Rule

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Obama administration has completed its review of the Coast Guard’s pre-rule on the bulk transport of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations. The pre-rule itself has not been released, but its title (“Carriage of...more

Offshore Supply Vessel Tax Credit Targeted in Louisiana Governor’s Proposed Fiscal Plan

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ proposal for short term fixes for the State’s fiscal problems includes a shot at already-hurting offshore supply vessel owners/operators. OSV operators/owners currently receive a...more

United States Lifts Certain Sanctions Against Iran, With Limited Impact on U.S. Companies

by Perkins Coie on

The United States suspended certain “secondary sanctions” against Iran that apply to non-U.S. companies for transactions that take place outside of the United States and do not involve U.S. persons on “Implementation Day,”...more

New Regulations Further Ease Maritime Transport and Travel Restrictions on Cuba

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Administration further implemented its new Cuba policy facilitating passenger vessel service to Cuba and opening opportunities in Cuba’s maritime, telecommunications, and construction sectors. Considering the...more

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