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The Yangtze Xing Hua

by Reed Smith on

This was a further appeal, to the Court of Appeal, from an LMAA arbitration award, considering the true construction of the sweep-up provision at sub-clause 8(d) of the Inter-Club Agreement 1996 (“ICA ‘96”); specifically,...more

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

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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

U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center Publishes Criteria for Making U.S. Build and Rebuild Determinations

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Action Item: A recently published guidance document issued by the National Vessel Documentation Center (“NVDC”) for the first time provides the public with the key criteria it uses in making U.S. Build and Rebuild...more

The EHS Manager's Guide to the Pitfalls of HAZMAT Shipping: Cathy Webb (Harbor Environmental) Arkansas Environmental Federation...

Ms. Cathy Webb, MS, CQA, CQE undertook a presentation at the Arkansas Environmental Federation Convention and Tradeshow titled: The EHS Manager’s Guide to: The Pitfalls of HAZMAT Shipping (“Presentation”) ...more

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

Ghost Ships, Shadow Brokers and Cryptoworms: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

by Baker Donelson on

In a chillingly apropos follow-on to the mid-summer global Petya and WannaCry cyber/ransomware attacks, which crippled businesses and government interests around the world, October has been dubbed “National Cyber Security...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

Mainbrace: October 2017 (No. 4)

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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

Shipping finance: recent French law legal updates

by White & Case LLP on

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

Today, President Trump Decertified the Iran Deal and Announced Tougher Sanctions on Iran

What does decertification mean? For the time being, decertification is a solely U.S. issue. Under the Iran nuclear agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), Iran agreed to limits on its nuclear...more

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

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“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

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

The Fob Buyer’s Right to Substitute Its Vessel in Commodity Contracts

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On 1 September 2017, the Grain and Feed Trade Association (Gafta) introduced an amendment to its nomination clause in some (but not all) of its fob contracts. The result: an fob buyer is no longer required to give new...more

Beyond Care, Custody, and Control: Data Security Best Practices for the Transportation and Logistics Sector

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The receipt, storage, and handling of sensitive shipper data occurs, often frequently and in real-time, alongside the flow of goods. Commercial shippers are well aware of the supply chain security risk to the materials and...more

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk: Effective Transportation and Logistics Provider Diligence and Management Practices

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Every day, supply chain managers and logistics coordinators navigate a world of risk. Those risks include interruption due to delay, the damage, contamination, or loss of goods, customer service failures, and even regulatory...more

Department of Homeland Security Extends Jones Act Waiver

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Maritime - ACTION ITEM: On September 12, 2017, Acting Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Elaine Duke issued a new Jones Act waiver for refined products, effectively broadening and extending the previously...more

Jones Act Waiver Extended in the Wake of Irma and Harvey

In the wake of fuel shortages arising from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Tuesday evening the US Customs and Border Protection (Customs) extended and expanded its September 8 waiver of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones...more

Risk Management is Crucial to Prepare the Industry for Tomorrow’s Maritime World, According to Panellists at Reed Smith’s London...

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Global law firm Reed Smith played host to a panel of shipping industry experts on 12 September to discuss ‘Tomorrow’s Maritime World, Today’. Representatives from a cross-section of the industry each brought their unique...more

Jones Act Waiver Granted in Response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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Action Item: On September 8, 2017, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Elaine Duke granted a seven-day waiver of the Jones Act in the interest of national defense. The waiver was issued to...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - September 2017

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Distracted Driving: Not the End of the Road - As a claims professional or attorney, never jump to conclusions when you learn about a distracted driver claim. As the facts surrounding the accident begin to develop,...more

China Introduces a New Class of Non-Truck-Owning-Carriers to Reduce Logistics Cost and Improve Efficiency

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In line with PRC’s 13th Five-Year-Plan and “Internet+” initiative, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) launched the Non-Truck-Owning-Carrier program as a one-year pilot beginning December 2016. The goal of the program is to...more

Tokyo and Paris Launch Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation

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The Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on Port State Control have launched a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation. The CIC will commence on 1 September...more

Will Blockchain Render the Bill of Lading a Relic?

A bill of lading is an old form of legal document. As merchants in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries ceased accompanying their goods on ships and entrusted their proper delivery to the carrier, a need arose for a...more

Excess Cargo? Shipping Common Law Claims Out of a Trade Secret Complaint

AFS, a company specializing in streamlining shipping costs and logistics, had its eight count amended complaint streamlined to only one—its Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUSTA”) claim—primarily due to preemption and...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

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