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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 […]
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 […]
February 17, 2017

Federal Maritime Commission Requirements

  Similar to banking and other economic activity, there is government regulation and oversight of maritime economic activity. The Federal Maritime Commission, or FMC, is tasked […]
November 20, 2016

Bill of Lading Basics

A key document in much of ocean shipping is a “bill of lading.” A bill of lading, or B/L, is a legal document between the shipper […]
July 22, 2016

Historical Context of Maritime Law

As far back as the Greek and Roman empires, civilizations recognized the unparalleled economic gain offered by trade on the high seas. As such, they created […]
April 22, 2016

Insurance Indemnification: When Your Injury Does Not Qualify

Insurance is a part of everyday life. We need insurance to protect our homes and even our lives. In some instances, it is even against the […]
March 18, 2016

Class in Session: Class Action Lawsuits in Maritime Law

Class action is probably one of those terms you know of, but do not quite understand. You may know that a “class” is usually a large […]
January 15, 2016

Maritime Liens: How They Can Help You

Most people are familiar with the term lien, though not everyone knows what it is. However, many people are familiar enough with the term that they […]
December 14, 2015

UPDATE: H.R. 158, The Visa Improvement Act – A Way to Argue the New Amendments are Discriminatory Under The U.S. Constitution

Many Iranians are asking me about H.R. 158, the new law that affects Iranian-Americans’ reciprocal right to travel to Iran for 90 days without a visa.  […]
December 13, 2015

H.R. 158, the “Visa Waiver Improvement Act.” How It Affects Iranian-Americans, and Is It Constitutional?

Many Iranians are asking me about H.R. 158, the new law that affects Iranian-Americans’ reciprocal right to travel to Iran for 90 days without a Visa.  […]