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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Anatomy of a Marine Casualty Investigation

Blank Rome’s maritime attorneys have represented clients in some of the largest maritime casualties in the last 20 years, including the Staten Island Ferry allision with a maintenance pier in New York, the blow out and eventual loss of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the sinking of the El Faro during Hurricane Joaquin, and the collision between the Navy Destroyer USS John S. McCain and the tanker ALNIC MC in the Singapore Strait. These casualties have resulted in the catastrophic loss of life…

MV Argo Merchant was a Liberian-flagged oil tanker that ran aground and sank southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1976, causing one of the largest marine oil spills in history. U.S. Coast Guard Archives

Anatomy of a Marine Casualty Investigation

Blank Rome’s maritime attorneys have represented clients in some of the largest maritime casualties in the last 20 years, including the Staten Island Ferry allision with a maintenance pier in New York, the blow out and eventual loss of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the sinking of the El Faro during Hurricane Joaquin, and the collision between the Navy Destroyer USS John S. McCain and the tanker ALNIC MC in the Singapore Strait. These casualties have resulted in the catastrophic loss of life…

Lauren B. Wilgus (Photo: Blank Rome)

Wilgus Elected Partner at Blank Rome

Maritime and international trade attorney Lauren B. Wilgus has been elected partner at law firm Blank Rome, effective January 1, 2020.Wilgus, based in New York, focuses her practice on international and maritime litigation, alternative dispute resolution and business matters, notably involving domestic and foreign corporate interests as well as disputes concerning international and domestic commercial contracts, marine insurance coverage and charterparties. She counsels on claims involving the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act…

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Maritime Schools Must Prep for Offshore Wind Jobs

The offshore wind industry in the United States is growing exponentially, with multiple projects in the development stages off of the Atlantic coast. The total megawatt capacity of U.S. offshore wind farms is anticipated to reach 22,000 by 2030 and 43,000 by 2050. To support this growth, U.S. Department of Energy reports estimate over 40,000 new jobs will be created by 2030.The new jobs anticipated to support the offshore wind industry include a wide range of types, including engineers, trade workers, surveyors, scientists, technicians, managers, and seafarers.

Despina Theodosiou (Photo: WISTA International)

Diversity, Tech on Tap at WISTA Conference

A top hostage negotiator, the CEO of a company which supplies environmental products to ship owners and operators and the heads of two maritime technology firms are all part of an impressive line-up of speakers scheduled to speak at the 2019 Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) AGM & Conference which takes place next week from Tuesday, October 29, to Friday, November 1. The four-day event is being hosted by WISTA Cayman Islands and is expected to bring over 200 maritime experts from 30-plus countries.

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Regulatory Crewing Challenges for Offshore Wind Vessels

Every day we see more and more news about how the planning for new offshore wind projects continues to expand with the increasing investment from both domestic and foreign interests in these projects. This is resulting in both developers and contractors making logistics plans to secure vessels and crew for the purposes of meeting the demands necessary to crew and operate vessels in support of future wind farm operations. Unfortunately, there are challenges associated with the…

Glen Shore, Director of NRC Group and a Managing Director at JFLCO (Photo:JFLCO)

HCAC to Aquire NRC, Sprint Energy from JFLCO

J.F. Lehman & Company (JFLCO), a middle-market private equity firm said that its investment affiliate JFL-NRC-SES Partners, LLC  signed an agreement to sell its membership interests in NRC Group Holdings, LLC (NRC Group), formed earlier this year with the combination of JFLCO companies National Response Corporation (NRC) and Sprint Energy Services (Sprint) , to Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III (HCAC). After the transaction is completed, NRC Group will be a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of HCAC, who will change its name to NRC Group Holdings Corp. NRC Group Holdings Corp.

Parker Harrison (Photo: WISTA)

Harrison Named President, WISTA USA

Parker Harrison, Vice President Procurement of Crowley Maritime Corporation, has been appointed President of the US Chapter of WISTA, the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association. She takes over the presidency from Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons of Total Marine Solutions.“I am honored to be stepping into the role of President of an organization to which—and to the members of which—I owe so much, both professionally and personally,” said Harrison, a WISTA USA member since 2004 and WISTA USA membership secretary since 2008.“We are a bigger…

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WISTA Sets Sail into the Future

More than 225 shipping and trading executives from 30 countries joined the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) aboard the ms Koningsdam, Holland America Line's newest vessel, on November 9 for the WISTA 2016 International Conference and Annual General Meeting. The Conference, hosted by WISTA USA under the leadership of its President, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons of Total Marine Solutions, featured the Annual General Meeting (AGM), a robust Conference program agenda, and a variety of workshops designed to transfer knowledge on the industry, leadership, and growth.

N. American World Maritime Day to Be Held in New York

The 2016 North American World Maritime Day Observance will be held on October 27 at Pier A in New York City, announced Joseph Hughes, Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). This year’s theme, “Shipping: Indispensable to the World” will be explored by such speakers as Jan-Willem van den Dijssel of Cargill, Dr. Sandra Whitehouse of Ocean Conservancy, Jon Waldron of Blank Rome, and Anthony Teo of DNVGL. They will focus their remarks on the benefits of Corporate Social Responsibility in shipping.

Joe Hughes (Photo: NAMEPA)

NAMEPA Leadership Transition Underway

Effective July 1, the Chairmanship of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) will pass from Founder Clay Maitland, Managing Partner of International Registries Inc., to the American Club’s Joseph Hughes, announced Co-Founder and Executive Director, Carleen Lyden-Kluss. Additional transitions include Scorpio’s Ole Chr. Schroder will assume the role of Vice Chairman, Joan Bondareff of Blank Rome will become Secretary, and Alaska SeaLife Center’s Tara Reimer will become Treasurer. “Clay has been a visionary force in the birth and growth of NAMEPA,” Lyden-Kluss stated.

NAMEPA to Host ‘Pathways to Sustainability’

North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will hold its Environmental Intelligence in Shipping Conference on “Pathways to Sustainability” on Februar 5, 2016 at SeaRiver Maritime in Spring, Texas. The conference is designed to be a guide for navigating through the myriad of regulations leading to compliance. The maritime industry faces continual regulatory change as it strives to reduce its impact on the marine environment. NAMEPA members, in particular, are committed to “Save our Seas”, but this approach is not without its hurdles.

Weighing in With WISTA’s Leaders

Meet the women who manage the maritime industry and discover what makes them tick. Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons is the founder and President of Total Marine Solutions (TMS). Jeanne M. Grasso is a partner and, among other things, Co-Chair of Blank Rome’s Maritime Industry Team. These two dynamic leaders share the honor of serving as (present and immediate past) Presidents of the U.S. Chapter of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), the networking organization for women at management level in the maritime industry.

Alexandra Anagnostis

WISTA USA Takes Manhattan

On the eve of its Annual General Meeting in Manhattan, Alexandra Anagnostis Irons, founder and president of Total Marine Solutions and current president of WISTA USA, discusses the role of Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) in the modern maritime community. As President of the Board of WISTA USA, you are the face of the world’s largest woman’s maritime networking group. What are your goals for the organization under your tenure and what is the vision for the future when it comes to WISTA itself?

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

Lindsay Malen to Speak at Posidonia 2014

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, Cost and Competency in America” seminar being held at the 2014 Posidonia conference in Athens, Greece on Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Compliance, Cost and Competency in America” will examine the environmental challenges facing today’s shipping industry. Highlights include: regulatory challenges in the U.S.

Jeff Lantz

Lantz Announced as Guest Speaker at EIM Seminar

The Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards of the USCG, Jeff Lantz will discuss regulatory enforcement in the United States and ballast water management at NAMEPA’s EIM Seminar, “Compliance, Cost and Competency in America,” on June 5 as a part of the Posidonia 2014 conferences, seminars and exhibitions. Posidonia 2014 is the opportunity for all members of the shipping industry worldwide to meet and review challenges, opportunities, trends and innovations with the operators of more than 4,000 vessels worldwide. NAMEPA’s seminar, hosted from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Jay T. Huffman (Photo: Blank Rome)

Huffman Joins Blank Rome in Houston

Blank Rome LLP announced that Jay T. Huffman has joined the Firm as an associate in the Maritime, International Trade, and Public Contracts group. He is based in the Firm’s Houston office. Huffman joins Blank Rome from Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P. He concentrates his practice in maritime and energy-related litigation matters, including state and federal cases involving MARPOL violations, collisions, cargo contamination, Jones Act, OCSLA, and LHWCA defense. He also has experience handling serious marine incident investigations…

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Seminar to Cover Port Waste Facilities

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is set to host an Environmental Intelligence in Maritime Seminar Series to focus on Port Waste Reception Facilities. The seminar, to be held in Norfolk, Virginia on April 16, will include speakers and discussion from regulators, industry and port interests. “MARPOL regulations include requirements for port waste receptions facilities. These facilities are often not available, not ‘affordable,’ or not operationally practical,” stated NAMEPA’s Executive Director, Carleen Lyden-Kluss.

Alexandra Anagnostis

WISTA USA Leadership Changes

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 five years, during which time its membership has increased by nearly 30% to become the largest in the global Association. In addition to activities within each of the eight regional Chapters…

Coast Guard transportable port security boats attached to Port Security Unit 308 and riverine command boats from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 2 practice maneuvers together in the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Richard Brunson)

U.S. Port Security and the Impact of Sequester & Budget Woes

This article describes the impact of the “sequester” and budget showdowns on ports and port security, and also gives a preview of the House-Senate Conference on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). On the one hand, ports and port security have been severely hampered by the ongoing budget battles, as has the rest of the U.S. Government and economy. On the other hand, Congress appears to be on the brink of reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act for the first time in six years.

Blaine Collins

New York Shipping Conference Adds Speakers

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, the current outlook and sources of dry bulk demand and supply, sourcing ship finance, and the commercial impacts of decisions regarding trade routes, chartering and futures.

YoungShip Launches in Texas

Mitchell Machann, an associate in Blank Rome LLP’s Houston office, recently co-founded YoungShip Texas with TITAN Salvage’s Lindsay Malen. This new branch is the 18th in YoungShip International’s global network, and the first in the United States. In launching YoungShip Texas, Machann and Malen’s vision is to increase awareness of the younger generation coming into the maritime community and to strengthen its presence in the U.S. maritime sector. YoungShip Texas provides a networking platform for young professionals who are already in the maritime industry and support sectors…

Matthew J. Thomas: Photo credit Blank Rome

Maritime Attorney Matthew J. Thomas Joins 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, representing leading shipowners, energy and trading companies, ports, P&I clubs, shipyards, and marine terminal operators. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mr. Thomas was a maritime attorney at Am Law 100 and 200 firms…

NY Shipping Conference Speakers Announced

Conference organizers have announced the speaker lineup for the 21st annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference. Entitled “The Life of a Ship”, the conference will feature luminaries including Steinar Nerbovik of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Ben Ognibene of Heidmar, Craig Stevenson Jr., Joseph Hughes of Shipowners Claims Bureau, Paal Johansen of DNV GL, and Angela Chao of Foremost Group . The event will be held on Wednesday, February 11 at the Waldorf-Astoria starting at 8:15 a.m.

Kataraina Stanzel, WISTA leadership team and Academy Cadets (photo credit: Gail Karlshoej)

INTERTANKO CEO Keynotes WISTA Luncheon

At the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2014 conference held March 17-19, WISTA USA President Alexandra Anagnostis, President/CEO of Total Marine Solutions, welcomed INTERTANKO’s Managing Director, Katharina Stanzel, as the keynote speaker at its ninth annual WISTA USA luncheon on March 17, kicking off the CMA’s Shipping 2014 conference. This annual luncheon was another sold-out event, and also featured recognition of Jeanne Grasso’s service as President of WISTA USA for the past five years.

John D. Kimball: Photo Blank Rome

Blank Rome Rated as Shipping Litigation Leaders

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, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients. Chambers & Partners, the UK-based publishers of Chambers Global, conducted research by speaking to a vast range of lawyers and their clients (i.e., commercial users of legal services).