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Maritime Law in the News: DARPA Christens Unmanned, Autonomous Vessel


Yesterday, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a sub-agency within the Department of Defense, christened an unmanned, automated vessel designed for use by the Navy.  This 130 foot “ACTUV prototype vessel” is capable of travelling thousands of miles without a crew.  Although Navy sailors will control the ACTUV’s mission and have the option of full control of the vessel if need be, the ACTUV ... Read More »

Volume 39, Issue 1 Case Note Presentations [VIDEO]

Presented by the ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee. Graciously hosted by Liskow & Lewis. Featuring: Bryan J. Kitz — Introductory Remarks Taylor Coley — Brokers and Buyers Beware: Underwriters are Nickel and Dimed by Strict Interpretation of Language in Excess and Umbrella Policies of Offshore Energy Companies Matthew Drenan — The Ninth Circuit Writes an Obituary for Section 903(c) of the LHWCA in Kealoha v. ... Read More »

Journal Member Selected to Present in London

Benjamin Woody, one of the journal’s LLM members, has been selected to present his case note: “The Sinking of Uberrimae Fidei–the Demise of a Harsh, Anachronistic, Doctrine” at the Tenth Annual International Graduate Legal Research Conference at King’s College London this April. Please join us in congratulating Ben on this impressive achievement. A link to the Conference’s website can be found here. Read More »

Vol. 38, Issue 2 Comment Presentations at Liskow & Lewis [VIDEO]

Presented by the ABA TIPS Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee. Graciously hosted by Liskow & Lewis. Featuring: Bryan J. Kitz — Introductory Remarks Albert D. Farr — Taxation of Marine Shipping Income: A Critique of U.S. Tax Laws in the Energy Transport Industry Allison Fish — The Potential Application of 18 U.S.C. § 1115 to Offshore Drilling Disasters: A Requiem for the Seaman’s Manslaughter Act? David A. ... Read More »

Regal-Beloit Revisited in the Reverse


Yaakov U. Adler | Essay In its landmark 2010 decision in Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. v. Regal-Beloit Corp., the United States Supreme Court held that the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA or Act), and not the Carmack Amendment (Carmack or Amendment), governed the inland rail segment of an inbound (overseas import) multimodal shipment under a through bill of lading. In the opinion drafted by ... Read More »

PRC Shipbuilding Disputes in London Arbitration: The Threat of Parallel Proceedings in China and the Consequences and Possible Alternatives

Chinese Ship

Peter Murray and Lin Jiang | Essay Much is written about the legal system in China and how on the one hand it is biased in favour of local parties and on the other hand it is no more than a tool of the state. Recent cases in the maritime courts in China may give some support to the first view. This Article will review ... Read More »

The CMI and the Panacea of Uniformity – An Elusive Dream?

Boat Towing (CMI)

Stuart Hetherington | Essay This Article aims to explain the history that led to the formation of the (Comité Maritime International) CMI and to describe the work of the CMI–from which you can draw your own conclusions as to whether it has achieved its founders’ objectives. It will also refer to some of the work in which the CMI is currently engaged, as well as identify areas of possible further ... Read More »

Defending Arctic Drilling Operations Against Environmentalist Pirates

Arctic Oil Rig

James C. Winton and Justin T. Scott | Article This Article addresses the rights of a vessel owner/operator and an oil company engaged in exploration activities in remote Arctic ocean regions to protect its operations against those who would interfere with the vessels being used. It first addresses the scope of duties owed to those who are on board a vessel with the express or implied permission ... Read More »

Flagging the Floating Turbine Unit: Navigating Towards a Registerable, First-Ranking Security Interest in Floating Wind Turbines

Floating Wind Turbine

Alexander Severance and Martin Sandgren | Article This Article explores the possibility of applying existing traditional international and domestic admiralty law to provide an internationally recognized first-ranking security interest in Floating Turbine Units (“FTUs”). If FTUs could be documented and registered as vessels or ships under the maritime laws of a country (flag state), as a general rule, it also should be possible to obtain a ship ... Read More »

The “Perils of the Sea”-man Status Question: The Fifth Circuit Falls Behind FELA’s Advancements in Remedies in Favor of the Continued Confusion Surrounding the Seaman Definition

Larry Naquin worked four years for Elevating Boats, L.L.C. (EBI), as a vessel repair supervisor on a fleet of lifeboat vessels, spending 70% of his time inspecting, cleaning, painting, performing engine repairs, and replacing damaged parts. These vessels were usually jacked up, docked, or moored, but two or three days a week, he would do his work while the boats were moving to a different part ... Read More »