Legal Update: US - Supreme Court rules that punitive damages are not recoverable by seamen in unseaworthiness claims
A US seaman sued his employer/vessel owner for injuries suffered on board a dredge vessel, alleging various claims which included negligence under the US Jones Act
On May 8, 2019, exactly one year after President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) and would re-impose the U.S. secondary sanctions against Iran, President Trump issued an Executive Order “Imposing Sanctions with Respect to the Iron, Steel, Aluminum, and Copper Sectors of Iran.”
On 11 March 2019. the US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has reconsidered its previous interpretation of ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with respect to ballast water management system (BWMS) compliance dates.
Impending severe weather conditions in the New York and New Jersey region have forced the temporary closure of our New Jersey office on Monday 4th March.
Legal Article: The Northwest Passage - What is its status under the international law of the sea?
Global warming has increased the potential for commercial shipping as the Arctic ice progressively melts. Canada maintains that the Passage is part of its internal waters and that no right of innocent passage exists within it, whereas the United States of America believes the Passage is an international strait where the right of transit passage exists.
Venezuelan Sanctions – Designations against PdVSA
We would like to draw Members’ attention to the latest Client Alert 4-2019 from ECM Maritime Services LLC.
We would like to draw Members’ attention to the attached Client Advisory #01-19 from Gallagher Marine Systems (GMS) advising that the National Pollution Fund Center (NPFC) is closed and will remain closed until the current U.S Government shutdown is resolved, and/or the USCG is allocated funding to fulfil its various missions.
Members’ attention is drawn to an Advisory to the Maritime Petroleum Shipping Community issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) on November 20, 2018 setting forth a strong warning against transporting petroleum to the Syrian Government. This Advisory has been received from U.S. Lawyers, Freehill, Hogan and Mahar.
Press Release: Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc smashes last year's total and raises over $206,000 for Breast Cancer Research
Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc.has raised over $206,000 at its annual 'Play For Pink' Charity Golf Day held on 2nd October at Forsgate Country Club, Jamesburg, New Jersey.
California’s ballast water exchange law
Vessels calling in the United States can still use exchanges to treat ballast water prior to their respective deadlines for installing a USCG type-approved treatment system. However, failure to properly conduct exchanges can lead to substantial penalties, especially in California.
We have been seeing an increase in cases where vessels calling at California ports are issued deficiencies by inspectors from the State Lands Commission.
The International Group has engaged extensively with the (OFAC) in the U.S. and its European counterparts to explain some of the practical effects arising from the reactivation of U.S. secondary sanctions
This Legal Briefing provides a quick overview of the cabotage regimes in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Peru and the United States, highlighting the restrictions, the exceptions, and penalties for violating these regulations.