September 11, 2017

Maritime Piracy

A ship is like an island. When a ship is out at sea, there are limitations with respect to protecting the ship. There are often few […]
September 8, 2017

Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Like every industry, the maritime industry is strongly governed by antitrust laws. In theory, antitrust laws act to level the playing field and keep open competition […]
August 18, 2017

Maritime/Bankruptcy Clawbacks

United States Bankruptcy law is known as a debtor-friendly law wherein debtors can utilize bankruptcy to reorganize and emerge out of debt. It also allows debtors […]
August 11, 2017

Do I Need My Passport?

People plan fishing trips, whether it is summertime fly-fishing in Montana or ice fishing during the winter. People also plan deep sea fishing trips out in […]
July 26, 2017

Maritime Quirks

The law is full of quirks. Maritime law has its fair share of quirks, too. For instance, state laws ban gambling. Several years ago, Nevada and […]
July 21, 2017


If there is an accident at sea or if there is lost cargo, the injury victim or the cargo owner can sue for damages. Often times, […]
July 13, 2017

Banks and Lenders in the Maritime Business

The shipping sector is growing by leaps and bounds. This strong growth has been fueled, in large part, by the explosion of international trade. Countries continually […]
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 […]