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Waldron Represents Blank Rome in Ferries 2003 Presentation

Blank Rome LLP has announced that Jonathan K. Waldron, Chair of the Maritime Group, participated in the New Operators Seminar at the Ferries 2003 Presentation Program on November 12–14, 2003 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Waldron specializes in maritime, international and environmental law. His practice involves all aspects of marine transportation regulatory and environmental compliance matters. He regularly counsels and represents clients in matters involving legislative and regulatory affairs related to vessel and facility operations, security, pollution, coastwise trade and criminal defense matters. Waldron is a member of the Maritime Law Association and frequently speaks and writes on matters related to his practice areas. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami and his Bachelor of Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy.


Houston Law Firm Joined by Eight Attorneys

The addition of all 8 attorneys from Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau 
strengthens Houston presence for largest U.S. maritime legal practice Blank Rome LLP. This group of attorneys and additional professional staff bring significant experience in maritime and energy law, in addition to the areas of insurance, transportation, government contracts and construction.  Michael K. Bell, Keith B. Letourneau, and Douglas J. Shoemaker join as partners; Robert J. Ryniker, and James C


Conover Voted WISTA Personality of the Year

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Pamela C. Conover, who has taken leadership roles at three major cruise lines, has been voted Personality of the Year 2009 by the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association. The decision was announced at the 2009 conference of WISTA, taking place at IMO headquarters in London from September 16-18. Pam Conover is president and chief executive of Seabourn Cruise Line, a luxury cruise subsidiary of the Carnival group


Moller Tapped for NAVSAC

Blank Rome’s Jeffrey Moller

Blank Rome’s Jeffrey Moller Appointed to Navigation Safety Advisory Council. Jeffrey S. Moller, Blank Rome LLP Partner and Product Liability, Mass Torts, insurance Practice Group Leader has been appointed to the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) as a member representing the viewpoint of the Maritime Law Association.  The NAVSAC provides valuable assistance to the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to prevention of collisions, ramming and groundings


WISTA USA Keynote: 'Bringing Youth into the Maritime Industry'

Birgit Liodden: Photo credit WISTA USA

Birgit Liodden of YoungShip International to keynote WISTA USA lunch at CMA's Shipping 2013 conference. “We are pleased that fellow WISTA Norway member Birgit Liodden will be sharing her experiences bringing youth into our maritime industry with us at the luncheon”, stated WISTA USA President and Blank Rome LLP Partner Jeanne Grasso.  “Birgit was the recipient of the 2012 WISTA Norway Leadership Award, and is the Secretary-General of YoungShip International


New York Shipping Conference Adds Speakers

Blaine Collins

Examining areas of change and growth in shipping is the focus of the 20th annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference.  Entitled “Today’s Vision- Tomorrow’s Reality”, the conference will present a Macro Shipping and Economic Overview, a look at Shipping 2020, the challenges of balancing safety, regulatory compliance and costs


2009 World Maritime Day Parallel Events

Commandant Thad Allen, in a recently signed letter, announced that the United States will be the host of the 2009 World Maritime Day Parallel Event being held in New York City and around the country on October 16.  The theme this year is “Climate Change:  A Challenge for IMO too!” The event will be marked in New York with a delegate conference, a “Green Ship” Exhibition, Student Science Fair and a reception


BRAZIL: U.S. Find New Opportunities

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While the U.S. economy may be in the doldrums, smart U.S. companies are looking increasingly to exports to help their bottom lines.  A major market for U.S. exports is Brazil.  This article examines new market opportunities in the oil and gas, shipbuilding and port infrastructure in Brazil, and identifies certain financing sources available to U.S. companies seeking to participate in these markets.   Brazil’s growth in recent years has been amazing


Iran, Sanctions & You

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The primary focus of last year’s annual update, which appeared in the April 2011 issue, was U.S. efforts to tighten economic sanctions against Iran.  Over the past year, U.S. pressure on Iran has intensified.  Syria also has been a target of new U.S. sanctions, while the sanctions against Libya imposed in early 2011 have been eliminated for all practical purposes by a series of general licenses.  Our 2012 update concentrates on these key U.S


U.S. Ship Owners in Quandry with MLC2006

(Photo: Rai Deepak)

The failure of the United States to ratify an international treaty pertaining to maritime issues is, unfortunately, nothing new.  But the Senate’s failure to ratify the Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 (MLC), arising out of the 94th session of the International Labor Conference held at Geneva that year, will not give American operators in foreign trade an excuse for failing to comply.  Complications could certainly arise – translation:  expensive delays –


Lindsay Malen to Speak at Posidonia 2014

Lindsay Malen, Director of Business Development at TITAN Salvage and the Marine Response Alliance (MRA)

Lindsay Malen, Director of Business Development, Marine Response Alliance/TITAN Salvage, will speak on the topic “Salvors:  Partners in OPA90 Compliance & More” at the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s (NAMEPA’s)  “Compliance


Aker Philadelphia Shipyard forms Philly Tankers

Kristian Rokke, Chairman of AKPS

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and financial sponsors, including American Shipping Company and funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, create pure play Jones Act shipping company, Philly Tankers. Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (OSE: AKPS) is pleased to announce the planned establishment of


Lampedusa Shipwreck Victims Abused: Police Detain 5

Illegal boat migrants: Photo Italian Coast Guard

Italian police have detained five people in an operation in Agrigento, Catania, Milano, Rome and Turin in a probe into the October 3, 2013 migrant boat disaster off Lampedusa that killed 366 people. 
Another four arrest warrants were issued but the persons were declared fugitives: two in Africa


Electronic Navigation & Dispute Resolution: Coming of Age

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ECDIS, AIS, GPS Electronic navigation systems such as GPS, Electronic Chart Displays (ECDIS) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) provide great assistance to mariners and significantly contribute to navigational safety.  Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) were specifically designed to collect


Jumping Off the Fiscal Cliff?

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It’s more of a Downward Slope for Maritime, Transportation, and Energy Programs You are not alone if you are bewildered by the talk in Washington about “sequester,” “continuing resolution”, “fiscal cliff,” “budget resolutions


SHIPPINGInsight 2013 Announces Agenda and Speaker List

The SHIPPINGInsight conference producers have finalized the agenda and confirmed speaker list for the 2013 Fleet Optimization Conference, scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn. “The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Connect and Engage


WISTA USA Leadership Changes

Alexandra Anagnostis

At the recent global Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) annual meeting and conference held in Montreal, Jeanne Grasso, a partner at Blank Rome LLP, was elected to the Executive Committee of WISTA International. Jeanne has been the President of WISTA USA for the past


J.F. Lehman Sells Northeast Ship Repair

Northeast Ship Repairs Philadelphia yard

J.F. Lehman & Company, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the maritime, defense and aerospace sectors, announced today that it has sold its portfolio company, Northeast Ship Repair, Inc. to affiliates of Plexus Capital and NewSpring Capital.


Maritime Attorney Matthew J. Thomas Joins Blank Rome

Matthew J. Thomas: Photo credit Blank Rome

Matthew J. Thomas has joined Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the maritime, international trade, and public contracts group. Blank Rome inform that Mr. Thomas has more than twenty years of experience in maritime and international trade regulation and government affairs


MARAD's Jaenichen to Open NAMEPA 'Winds of Change' Conference

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen: Photo credit NAMEPA

Acting Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen will open the “Winds of Change in Shipping” conference being hosted by NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) in Houston along with the WGMA (West Gulf Maritime Association) on February 19, 2014


Myanmar Grants Maersk Permanent License

Photo courtesy Maersk

The A.P. Moller – Maersk Group has received a permanent license to operate container business activities in Myanmar. The business will encompass the three brands Maersk Line, MCC Transport and Safmarine and the agency in Yangon will be officially opened in May 2014.


USJ-IMECO Completes RAACI Acquisition

Affiliates of USJ-IMECO Holding Company, LLC, a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company (JFLCO), announced the acquisition of Robichaux Automation and Control, Inc. (RAACI). RAACI designs, assembles and integrates electrical, control and automation systems for commercial and government


Blank Rome Rated as Shipping Litigation Leaders

John D. Kimball: Photo Blank Rome

Blank Rome apprises that its international shipping litigation practice, and attorney John D. Kimball have again been ranked in the 2014 edition of 'Chambers Global'. The international law firm explains that the qualities on which rankings were assessed include technical legal ability


Avista & SEACOR Tankers in Jones Act Shipping J/V

NASSCO shipyard sunrise: Credit NASSCO/Ken Wright.

Private equity firm Avista Capital Partners informs it has invested in a newly-formed joint venture (J/V) with SEACOR Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. that operates a fleet of 7 U.S.-flag Jones Act vessels (5 owned and 2 chartered-in) in the U.S


Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen to Close NMDay 2014

Paul “Chip” Jaenichen

Acting Maritime Administrator, Paul “Chip” Jaenichen will close the “Safety at Sea” Seminar being hosted by North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) at the National Press Club from 2:30-6:00pm






 
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