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|MARAD Releases Study on LNG Bunkering Options|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
September 16, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014The U.S. Maritime Administration has released a study prepared by Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc., which examines LNG bunkering and related infrastructure, safety, regulatory, and training needs. According to the press release, bunkering “is the transfer of LNG from a supply station to a...
|Trial Judge Concludes the Deepwater Horizon Spill Caused by BP’s Gross Negligence and Willful Misconduct|
Jeanne M. Grasso, John D. Kimball, Gregory F. Linsin, Jonathan K. Waldron, Alan M. Weigel; Blank Rome LLP;
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 2014On September 4, 2014 the federal district judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill issued long-awaited rulings as to liability. The court concluded that BP is subject to enhanced civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”)...
|Naquin's Inclusive Definition of a Jones Act Seaman is Applied to a Port Engineer|
Katie S. Cordes; Jones Walker LLP;
September 5, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014In our April 2014 E*lert, we alerted you to the fact that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit arguably expanded the scope of Jones Act seaman status when it held that a shipyard repair supervisor was a Jones Act seaman in Naquin v. Elevating Boats, L.L.C., 744 F.3d 927 (5th...
|Fifth Circuit Requires Underwriters to Pay for Removal of Debris Claims Under Excess Policies|
William C. Baldwin; Jones Walker LLP;
September 5, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014After Hurricane Ike caused extensive damage to W&T Offshore's operations and required expensive removal of debris costs, W&T Offshore's excess underwriters filed a preemptive declaratory judgment action, seeking a ruling that the underwriters were not obligated to pay claims under their excess...
|District Court Holds That an Indemnity Agreement is Enforceable Under the LOIA When the Issue of the Indemnitee's Fault Will Never be Reached Due to Peremption of the Claim|
Katie S. Cordes, Edward J. Koehl, William P. Wynne; Jones Walker LLP;
September 5, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014In our June 2014 E*lert we informed you about a case of first impression, Hefren v. Murphy Exploration & Production Co. USA, et al., No. 12-1899 (W.D. La. 2014), in which the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana agreed with Jones Walker attorneys Edward J. Koehl,...
|The Limitation of Liability Act: A Vessel Owner’s First Line of Defense After a Maritime Accident Occurs|
Melissa Button; Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.;
August 20, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014Maritime law, also referred to as admiralty law, is the body of law that governs navigation and shipping. It is a unique area of law that differs from common law and is applied uniformly throughout the country. Maritime law provides a legal framework for issues and accidents that take place on...
|Exports of Condensate Reflect Evolution, Not Revolution, In Crude Export Regulation|
Jeanne M. Grasso, Margaret Anne Hill, Michael L. Krancer, Matthew J. Thomas, Jonathan K. Waldron; Blank Rome LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on June 2014On June 24, 2014, various news sources reported that the Department of Commerce (“DOC”) had allowed two companies to export processed condensate, suggesting a breakthrough in the 40-year ban on crude oil exports. The reality might not match the dramatic headlines, however. It appears...
|Department of Energy Proposal Upends Process for Authorizing LNG Exports|
Stefanos N. Roulakis, Matthew J. Thomas, Jonathan K. Waldron; Blank Rome LLP;
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014On June 4,.2014, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a Notice of Proposed Procedures (“NPP”) for Liquefied Natural Gas Export Decisions outlining proposed changes to the way liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) export permits would be issued. In short, the DOE is...
|Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules that U.S. Law Determines Whether Action Seeking Enforcement of Foreign Judgment is “Maritime”|
Thomas H. Belknap, William R. Bennett; Blank Rome LLP;
June 26, 2014, previously published on June 2014The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirmed in a decision last week that U.S. federal courts have subject matter jurisdiction to enforce foreign maritime judgments. This, by itself, is hardly news; however, in a ruling of first impression at the appeals court level, the...
|Cyprus Tonnage Tax Scheme|
Anastasios A. Antoniou, Aquilina Demetriadi; Anastasios Antoniou LLC;
June 26, 2014, previously published on July 2014Cyprus has grown into one of the largest and most popular shipping centres in the world representing in particular an estimated 20% of the world’s third party managed fleet. The Register of Cyprus Ships is the tenth largest in the world with e merchant fleet exceeding 20 million gross tonnage...