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. Congress to Request Study of Offshore Wind Vessel Availability 05/16/19

On May 15, 2019, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation included an offshore wind-related amendment in the pending Maritime Administration Authorization and Enhancement Act which the Committee reported favorably for Senate consideration.

U.S. Maritime Administration Seeks to Streamline U.S. Citizenship Requirements 05/01/19

Today the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) published two Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on how to improve the process of demonstrating U.S. citizenship for certain maritime programs.

Multiple Jones Act Waiver Requests Submitted 02/11/19

The U.S. “Jones Act” restricts the transportation of merchandise in U.S. maritime commerce to qualified U.S.-flag vessels. The Jones Act and related laws can be waived when such a waiver is “in the interest of national defense.”

U.S. Coast Guard Issues Additional Guidance for Dealing with Shutdown 01/25/19

The Coast Guard has issued additional guidance regarding the Coast Guard efforts to continue to support the U.S. maritime industry during the government shutdown, within the limits of the law. 

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