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The Age-Old Question Revisited: When Is a Container Considered a Package Under COGSA?

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Just when we thought the question of “What Is a Package?” had been addressed ad nauseum, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York took another look at the issue....more

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

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• 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

Shipping finance: recent French law legal updates

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There have recently been significant developments in French maritime law, which will be of interest to all professionals involved in the maritime sector, and which aim to make the French maritime flag more attractive....more

Making Sense of the Jones Act Waiver Conundrum

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In response to the Governor of Puerto Rico’s request, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) waived the Jones Act on Thursday. The waiver covers all products shipped to Puerto Rico laded on board a vessel over the next ten...more

DHS Approves Waiver of the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

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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

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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]

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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

Ninth Circuit Confirms That the Turnover Duty Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Includes a Duty to Inspect...

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Murray v. Southern Route Maritime, SA et al., No. 14-36056 (9th Cir. 2017), relates to an on-the-job injury. The plaintiff, Roger Murray, was employed as a longshoreman wherein he was working on the defendants’ vessel. On...more

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

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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

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

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• 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

Shippers, Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs and Carriers' Maritime Incident Warning Signs - Lessons Learned and Action Items for In-House...

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Despite the alleged softening of the maritime industry since 2008-09, the volume of waterborne trade continues to rise. The ebbs and flows of the industry mean changing partnerships and alliances, more complicated logistics...more

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

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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

NTSB Publishes Two Rules Governing Agency Investigative Regulations

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on June 29, 2017, published a final rule covering 49 C.F.R. 831 subparts A-D and an interim final rule for 49 C.F.R. 831 subpart E, both of which are effective July 31, 2017...more

Shipowner Who Tried to Skirt Club Rules Runs Aground in Court

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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

O.W. Bunker: Some Modest Considerations

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Vessels cannot sail without fuel. This industry truth is recognized in contracts and under U.S. maritime law. In fact, enabling ship operators to efficiently obtain fuel is so important that U.S. maritime law purports to...more

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) will publish notices on June 8, 2017, soliciting public comments to help shape their regulatory reform efforts under Executive Order (EO) 13771,...more

Plotting the Course for Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Action

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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

Collecting Your Goods – Electronic Release System

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The Court of Appeal handed down a judgment this week in MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA v Glencore International AG [2017] EWCA Civ 365 relating to a dispute arising out of the Electronic Release System (“ERS”) in...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

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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

Marine Insurance - May 2017

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Oregon Federal Court Holds Accident on Oregon Side of Columbia River is Covered Under Yacht Policy Despite the Navigational Warranty Restricting Coverage to Washington “Inland Lakes and Rivers” - Marine insurance contracts...more

Transportation Developments in the Trump Administration's First 100 Days

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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

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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

Federal Court Rules That the Ship Mortgage Act Preempts State Law Protecting Permits From Becoming Security Interest

by Lane Powell PC on

Last month, in Bank of the Pacific v. F/V ZOEA, 2017 WL 823298, Case No. 3:15-cv-05758-RSL, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that the federal Ship Mortgage Act, 46 U.S.C. §§ 31321...more

DOJ Raids Maritime Industry Meeting and Serves CEOs with Subpoenas

Media outlets have reported that the U.S. Department of Justice raided the maritime industry’s “Box Club” meeting, which is more formally known as the meeting of the International Council of Containership Operators. Box Club...more

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