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Ninth Circuit confirms California’s jurisdiction over vessel fuel standards out to 24 miles
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • USA
  • April 13 2011

On March 28, 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected an appeal by the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association ("PMSA"), a mutual benefit corporation comprised of owners and operators of U.S. and foreign-flag vessels, in which it sought to prevent the state of California from expanding its enforcement of vessel fuel standards to 24 miles, well beyond the state's traditional 3-mile territorial limit

MARPOL’s “special area” garbage discharge restrictions extended to the Wider Caribbean Region
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • USA
  • April 28 2011

On April 7, 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register Notice that May 1, 2011 will be the date on which vessels operating within the "special area" known as the Wider Caribbean Region ("WCR") will be subject to more stringent garbage discharge requirements under MARPOL Annex V, Regulation 5

Coast Guard formally agrees to assist EPA in the detection and reporting of deficiencies under EPA’s vessel general permit program
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2011

On February 11, 2011, the Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") outlining the steps the agencies will take to better coordinate efforts to implement and enforce the requirements of EPA's Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels ("VGP"), which became effective on February 6, 2009