MaritimeFedWatch features updates and discussions on current maritime legal issues and developments. The blog covers environmental regulation and crimes, piracy, the Jones Act, U.S. Coast Guard initiatives, U.S. Congressional enactments, and many other topics of interest to the U.S.-flag industry and the world wide maritime industry’s interaction with the United States.

U.S. Customs Re-Clarifies Foreign Vessel Scope for Offshore Wind Cable Installation 11/01/22

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a September 2, 2022 ruling narrowed the scope of what a foreign cable lay vessel can lawfully do on U.S. offshore wind projects. CBP partially altered its views on October 28 with regard to the transportation of cable remaining after a cable lay operation is complete.

Congress Considers Substantial Changes to Jones Act Ruling Process 10/07/22

An amendment was recently offered by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to the pending National Defense Authorization Act legislation which would substantially change the way the U.S. Government provides Jones Act compliance guidance.

U.S. Customs Clarifies Foreign Vessel Scope For Offshore Wind Cable Installation 09/12/22

U.S. Customs and Border Protection clarified further the permissible foreign vessel scope of work for offshore wind cable installation in rulings issued on June 30, 2022 and September 2, 2022. In two instances – installation of cable protection and transportation of excess cable – CBP has narrowed permissive prior rulings.

MaritimeTax Credit Proposal Announced to Incentivize U.S. Construction of Offshore Wind Vessels 07/29/22

On July 27 Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced wide-ranging legislation entitled the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” that would make substantial changes to U.S. federal tax policy. Included in the proposed legislation are historic renewable energy tax incentives including an incentive to manufacture “wind energy components” in the United States such as “related offshore wind vessels.”

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