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 […]
November 9, 2017


An important aspect of conducting business with any party in any jurisdiction is the ability to enforce the terms of the agreement. It is highly risky […]
November 9, 2017

Shell’s Enchilada Platform Evacuated Due to Fire

November 8, 2017 by gCaptain A Shell platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico had to be evacuated early Wednesday morning after a fire broke out […]
November 3, 2017

Refugee Clause Costs, Part II

Part I of the discussion regarding the Refugee Clause, wherein a ship that finds refugees in peril is obligated to rescue the distressed refugees, discussed a […]
October 27, 2017

Refugee Clause Costs, Part 1

Consider the following common scenario: Numerous members of a family or community in a developing country band together for the purpose of leaving that country. They […]
October 20, 2017

Implied Warranties

A man walks into a high-end boutique store and purchases a watch. Due to the high cost of the watch, the watch manufacturer offers all those […]