January 17, 2018

Maritime Issues in China

U.S.-Sino trade is at an all-time high. Chinese manufacturers ship over $400 billion worth of products to the United States every year. At the same time, […]
January 11, 2018

Maritime Mortgage and Liens

When purchasing a ship or other water vessel, it makes sense to search for liens that may be encumbering the ship. The Coast Guard is the […]
January 5, 2018

Maritime Security Measures

September 11, 2001 changed the way the world thinks. It many ways, it served as a wakeup call about the importance of security. Terrorist use of […]
December 29, 2017

Maritime Terrorism

On a basic level, the world of maritime is thought of as a means of trade between two groups that are separated by a great distance. […]
December 22, 2017

Jones Act and Puerto Rico, Part II

A 2014 study by accounting giant Price Waterhouse Coopers stated that in Louisiana there are approximately 55,840 maritime jobs that contribute over $11.3 billion annually to […]
December 16, 2017

Jones Act and Puerto Rico

A Bloomberg Report states how the Jones Act is hurting Puerto Rico economically and needs to be changed. Currently, Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane […]
December 13, 2017

Sovereign Immunity, Part II

A previous post provided a scenario wherein a foreign ship crashed into an American ship that was hauling cargo. The crash caused a gaping hole in […]
December 1, 2017


The Environmental Protection Agency created the Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure, or SPCC, rules to regulate the response to an oil spill disaster. Originally part of […]
November 23, 2017

Sovereign Immunity, Part I

Imagine you own a company that ships products internationally. You regularly negotiate contracts with exporters, either those who are seeking to ship products into the United […]
November 14, 2017

Maritime Contracts

The American Civil court system is comprised of two separate systems – the federal court system and state court system. The state court system is considered […]