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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 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 […]
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 9, 2017

Arbitration

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 […]
September 29, 2017

New Rules for Cargo Carriers

Transporting cargo across the sea is big business. As a result, a number of members of the United Nations have proposed revised rules to streamline the […]
May 25, 2017

Pirates

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 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, […]
March 17, 2017

Maintenance and Cure

Seafaring has long been considered a dangerous activity. Sailors out on the ocean are exposed to the elements, which include storms, seasickness, pirates, and diseases. As […]