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“Demurrage Claims” for the Purposes of Documentary Time Bars

by Reed Smith on

On 2 February 2018 the Commercial Court allowed an appeal from a decision of the Arbitration Tribunal in Lukoil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd v Ocean Tankers Pte Ltd. The Judgment serves as a reminder to Owners to ensure that, if...more

Third Circuit Latest to Hollow Out Bright Line Bare Metal Defense

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On October 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held—in a case of first impression—that a manufacturer of a “bare metal” product may be liable for a plaintiff’s injuries caused by later added...more

Estate Avoids Arbitration In Wrongful Death Maritime Suit Because Defendant Was Not A Signatory Or Party To Contract With...

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit refused last month to disturb a district court order denying a defendant’s motion to compel arbitration against a sailor in a maritime action pursuant to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of...more

Don't Lien on Me: Identification and Mitigation of Maritime Lien Risks in Marine Lease/Loan Transactions

by King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC on

Due to their increasing size, specialization and technological sophistication, today’s vessels present attractive “big-ticket” financing opportunities. However, commercial vessels, regardless of type, will inevitably incur...more

Autonomous Vessels: How an Emerging Disruptive Technology Is Poised to Impact the Maritime Industry Much Sooner Than Anticipated

by Blank Rome LLP on

The maritime industry is currently experiencing a sea change in technological disruption through the increased development of advanced automation on unmanned surface vessels (“USVs”). Automated vessel technology is rapidly...more

Maritime and offshore restructuring in Singapore: A safe harbour?

by White & Case LLP on

The new laws have made Singapore more attractive for companies looking to restructure, but will it become the jurisdiction of choice for Asian debt restructurings? The maritime and offshore (M&O) sector has endured almost...more

The Approach Voyage

by Reed Smith on

The Pacific Voyager [2017] EWHC 2579 is a Commercial Court decision about which a number of articles have been written over the last week. It considers the often neglected approach voyage; identifying the moment when the...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

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

Be Prepared: Advice for the Shipping Industry on the Cyber Threat

by Reed Smith on

“Take the time to prepare and focus on prevention” was the message from the panellists in our webinar on cyber attacks in the shipping industry last week. Mark Johnson, Counsel in our shipping group, led a discussion with...more

Making Sense of the Jones Act Waiver Conundrum

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

Legal Considerations for Establishing Operations in the United States (Pennsylvania)

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

I. Introduction – Business and Legal Climate in the United States. The business climate in the United States, though subject to business cycles, is the largest, most dynamic and durable in the world. The freedom to compete...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

Fifth Circuit Addresses A Complicated Cargo Dispute, Resulting In A Victory For Vessel-Operating Common Carriers

by Liskow & Lewis on

In GIC Services, L.L.C. v. Freightplus USA, Inc., No. 15-3097 (5th Cir. Aug. 8, 2017), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an ocean carrier stiffed by an intermediary in a freight transaction may...more

Senate Confirms Adm. Buzby to Head U.S. Maritime Administration

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Thursday, August 3, Admiral Mark Buzby was confirmed by voice vote by the United States Senate to become the Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD). This is the earliest a MARAD Administrator for an...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

SUPPLYTIME 2017

by Reed Smith on

On 6 June 2017 BIMCO approved an updated version of the widely adopted, if not always wisely adapted, SUPPLYTIME form. Many had commented that the previous version of the form (2005) was inadequate in a number of significant...more

Application of the Crossing Rules When in Proximity to a Narrow Channel or Fairway, and the “Alexandra 1”

by Reed Smith on

In March this year the Admiralty Court in London handed down its judgment in respect of a collision between “Alexandra 1” (“A1”) and “Ever Smart” (“ES”) (see: Nautical Challenge Ltd v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd [2017] EWHC 453...more

Global Transportation Finance Newsletter - June 2017

by Vedder Price on

So, what is LIBOR? LIBOR—the London Interbank Offered Rate—is one of the most ubiquitous benchmarks for determining short-term interest rates in bank (and other) lending. LIBOR rates are short-term fixed rates quoted for...more

O.W. Bunker: Some Modest Considerations

by Vedder Price on

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

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

Collecting Your Goods – Electronic Release System

by Reed Smith on

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

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

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

Project MARTHA, Crew Fatigue and the Implications for a Vessel’s “Seaworthiness”

by Reed Smith on

In January of this year the findings of “Project MARTHA”, a three year study into the causes and effects of crew fatigue, were released – along with proposals as to how best to mitigate against the risks posed by crew...more

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