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Singapore Launches an Ambitious Blueprint to Drive Singapore Port as the Future Global Maritime Hub

by Reed Smith on

On 12 January 2018, Singapore’s Minister of State for Transport, Lam Pin Min, launched Singapore’s new “Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map.” Considering the maritime industry’s pivotal role in Singapore’s economy,...more

FBA Provides Update on Maritime Developments in New Orleans and the Lower Mississippi River Region

by Liskow & Lewis on

I attended a great meeting yesterday at the Port of New Orleans hosted by the FBA Admiralty Law Committee. Here are some bullets and takeaways, which are certainly of interest to anyone in the maritime industry along the...more

FMC To Investigate Demurrage Charge Practices

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the wake of a hearing held by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in January regarding detention, demurrage, and per diem charges, the FMC voted on Monday, March 5, to launch an investigation focusing on the practices of...more

Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House unveiled its 55-page proposal for infrastructure investment, the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure. The sweeping proposal seeks to inject funding into several key areas...more

Big Issues Impacting Workplaces In 2018

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Social, technological and economic forces impacting the workplace will continue to pose challenges for employers, employees, unions, policy makers and regulators in 2018....more

Logistics: a critical element in Oman's development

by Dentons on

Oman's strategic geographical location has long established the country as a centre for trade, connecting the Middle East to Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent to the East, Iran to the North and Africa to the South. Key to...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Upholds Expropriation of Commercial Venture

by Liskow & Lewis on

In a decision announced this week, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality and method of compensation for the expropriation by a governmental body of property owned by an ongoing commercial venture. In St....more

Port of Long Beach Approves Pier B On-dock Rail Facility, Allowing Faster and Greener Ship to Rail Cargo Movement

by Nossaman LLP on

On January 22, the Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved construction of an on-dock rail facility that will allow the faster movement of cargo with lower environmental impacts, port officials said in a...more

From Sea to Privacy: New Border Legislation Increases Focus on Cybersecurity and Privacy at U.S. Ports

by Reed Smith on

Last week, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee (the “Committee”) held a hearing on “Examining Physical Security and Cybersecurity at Our Nation’s Ports” that sought to identify and understand cyber threats posed by...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

What’s New in Immigration Law?

by Dickinson Wright on

USCIS Permits Certain EAD Applicants to apply for a Social Security Number on Form I-765 - Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

France Welcomes Foreign and Alternative Capital Providers with Latest Reform of Finance Sector - Long a cornerstone of the French banking system, the "French banking monopoly" largely prevents non-bank entities from...more

Current Port Conditions // Central U.S. GOMEX

by Burr & Forman on

Burr & Forman’s Mobile, Alabama office is located in the geographic center of the US Gulf of Mexico coastline (GOMEX). We service clients’ needs in the ports in this area, including – from west to east – Gulfport and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2017

by King & Spalding on

U.K. Revenue And Customs Head Testifies On Post-Brexit Border And Customs Issues On September 14, 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament Treasury Committee met with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officials to...more

Customs and Border Protection Readies for Hurricane Irma

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On September 6th Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) released a statement regarding cargo processing during the upcoming hurricane. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, diversion of cargo to open ports was a key factor in...more

Ukraine: ripe for investment

by DLA Piper on

Ukraine’s infrastructure has huge potential and the increase of agricultural exports is one of the key catalysts of infrastructural development. It seems that the time is right for investment....more

FDA Announces Import Staffing Change at International Mail Facilities

Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that he was reallocating three dozen employees to international mail facilities (IMF), as well as...more

Debt Dialogue: July 2017 - How to Interpret a DIP Order

Unlike an opinion, an order of the court is often not from the pen of the judge. Typically, a court order is submitted to the judge after negotiation among the parties. So, when a disagreement arises among the parties...more

Ocean Victory - A port in any storm?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The UK Supreme Court’s recent judgment has added clarity to the extent of the safe port warranty often given by Charterers pursuant to a time charter. In this article, we look at a Charterer’s potential liability when giving...more

The Supreme Court Decision in The Ocean Victory

by Reed Smith on

1. More than a decade has passed since the now infamous ship allided with the breakwater at Kashima, grounded and then eventually broke in two, having tried to depart the port during severe conditions. 2. The severity of...more

The Supreme Court decision in the Ocean Victory

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court decision in the Ocean Victory was handed down this morning. We will prepare a detailed client alert on the implications of the decision, but for now can report that: (1) Unsafe ports - The Supreme...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Gov. Brown Opposes Measure S - In a statement published less than two weeks before Los Angeles' Consolidated Municipal and Special Elections to be held on March 7, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown came out in opposition...more

Port package III adopted - How the port service business is affected

by DLA Piper on

European Council adopted the Regulation establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports, the so-called "port package III". After expected signing in February, the act will be...more

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