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Ports Shipping Cargo

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

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

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

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

FMC Proposes New Rules for Ocean Common Carriers and Marine Terminal Operators

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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 Issues Inspection of Towing Vessels Final Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard Inspection of Towing Vessels Final Rule under 46 CFR Subchapter M takes effect on July 20, 2016. The Rule, published this week, has its roots in the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004,...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Chemical Transport Dispute Finding No Manifest Disregard Of The Law

by Carlton Fields on

ICC Chemical Corporation sued Nordic Tankers Trading A/S concerning a cancelled charter agreement. Per the agreement, Nordic was scheduled to have its vessel present at the port ready to be loaded with ICC’s chemical cargo....more

The Global Santosh: The Supreme Court provides guidance on a charterer’s responsibility for its agents

by Reed Smith on

NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV (Respondent) v Cargill International SA (Appellant) (“The Global Santosh”) [2016] UKSC 20 (overturning the Court of Appeal [2014] EWCA Civ 403) - The Supreme Court last week handed down an...more

Recent Alabama Tax Developments

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on May 4 bringing the 2016 Regular Session to an end. The 2017 Regular Session is scheduled to begin in February and there have been reports of a potential special session later in...more

Canada/US Policy Scan 2016

by Dentons on

Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation, the first official visit by a Canadian PM to the US in nearly two decades. By mid-summer of this year, the two...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Maritime industry beware: hacking pirates are targeting valuable cargo

As I have written before, I am a big fan of the sharing of cyber intrusion information so all industries can learn from one another. No industry is immune from cyber-attacks. But this is a new one, and good to know for...more

Uncertainty Follows Coast Guard Comments on SOLAS Container Weight Regulation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Greek Shipowners Consider Exodus as Crisis Leads to Proposed Higher Taxes

Greek shipowners facing proposed higher taxes due to the Greek financial crisis are considering an exodus from the country, which would be a blow to the economy and Greek ports such as the Port of Piraeus, pictured above....more

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