June 29, 2017

The Jones Act: Pro and Con

The Jones Act is a controversial maritime topic. Conceived in the 1920s to protect U.S. Merchant Marines, the Jones Act regulates the shipping of goods between […]
June 22, 2017

Deepwater Horizon’s Aftermath

On April 20, 2010, an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and injured 17 while pouring […]
June 14, 2017


Contemporaneous with the birth of the United States as a republic in 1789, the U.S. government created protections for its maritime businesses. Recognizing the need for […]
June 8, 2017

International Waters, Part II

As mentioned in the previous blog post, sovereign nations have control over “internal waters” up to 12 or 24 miles from its coast. A sovereign has […]
June 2, 2017

International Waters, Part I

“Terra nullius” is the term applicable to “international waters,” which means that no state or sovereign can assert control over that area. In international waters, all […]
May 25, 2017


Piracy has affected international travel for centuries. It is said that the Sea Peoples hounded and attacked ancient Egypt and other eastern Mediterranean and Aegean sea […]
May 18, 2017

Maritime Regulation Post-9/11

“This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life, […]
May 12, 2017

Oil Spills

The United States has seen its share of oil spills over the years. Those spills have caused much environmental damage and cost the oil companies billions […]
May 5, 2017

Oil Pollution Regulation: OPA 90

Initially, case law discussing maritime torts was the source for U.S. law governing liability for maritime oil spills. Based on the tort theories of negligence, nuisance, […]
April 27, 2017

Flag States and Port States

Ships and other vessels are involved in an interrelated regulation between their flag states and port states. The jurisdiction in which the ship is registered is […]