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Federal Maritime Commission Proposes Service Contract Regulatory Relief

USA - January 19 2021 On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking which would permit ocean carriers to wait up to…

Allison N. Skopec

Congress Reaches Agreement on Key Maritime Legislation

USA - December 7 2020 On December 3, 2020, the House and Senate Armed Services committees released the conference report agreement for the Mac Thornberry National Defense…

Charlie Papavizas

Federal Maritime Commission Publishes Blockchain Working Agreement

USA - January 6 2020 For several years, the international shipping community has been abuzz with talk about how distributed ledger “blockchain” technology could be used…

Amanda Simpson, Allison N. Skopec

DOJ Casts Wide Net in Landmark MARPOL Air Pollution Case on Eve of IMO 2020

Global - August 29 2019 On August 23, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands sentenced two shipping companies in a broad-reaching landmark…

H. Allen Black

Coast Guard Proposes Ballast Water Management System Testing Protocols

USA - July 30 2019 On July 26, 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard issued Policy Letter No. 01-19 outlining the Coast Guard’s proposed acceptance of testing protocols for…