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On October 4th, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee passed a bill proposed by the House of Representatives entitled the Border Security for America Act (the “Act”).  The Act lays out a plan to establish a biometric exit data system to collect and verify information on the movement of persons entering U.S. ports while attempting not to disrupt the shipping of cargo. Following the passing of this bill, the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee (the…
In a watershed decision concerning the scope of maritime liens under the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act (“CIMLA”), the District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that OW Bunker entities did not have valid maritime liens for the supply of bunkers to vessels. In the first decision by a U.S. court to hold that the OW Bunker entities do not have maritime liens under U.S. law, the Court underscored…
In a watershed decision concerning the scope of maritime liens under the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act (“CIMLA”), the District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that OW Bunker entities did not have valid maritime liens for the supply of bunkers to vessels. In the first decision by a U.S. court to hold that the OW Bunker entities do not have maritime liens under U.S. law, the Court underscored…
In a recent ruling, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) decided that shippers must employ costly U.S.-flag vessels when shipping processed condensate to and from a foreign country to be blended as a diluent with heavy crude.  The ruling comes as a surprise to many because it assumes processed condensate and heavy crude oil are the same product, contrary to industry standards and previous rulings by the U.S. Department of Commerce which recognize these as…