One Expensive Promise: The Fourth Circuit Broadens Shipowner Liability Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act in Bunn v. Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG

On a wintry February night in Baltimore, Maryland, Richard Bunn went to work for stevedore CNX Marine Terminals, Inc., which was assigned the job of loading a vessel owned by Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG. Before Bunn began his work that night, CNX’s shift supervisor boarded the ice-covered ship to tell its chief officer […]

Muddying Murky Waters: The Fifth Circuit’s Indecision in Barker v. Hercules Offshore, Inc., Leaves Choice of Law Under OCSLA and Zone-of-Danger Theory Under Maritime Law Unanswered

Francis Barker stood a mere two feet from the pollution pan of a jacked-up drilling unit when the pan and his coworker Frank Broussard plunged 100 feet into the water below. Barker and Broussard were employed by a company that contracted with Hall-Houston Exploration II, L.P., to install a well casing on a jack-up rig […]

Pleading Insanity in Piercing the Corporate Veil: Supplemental Rule E’s Heightened Pleading Standard Protects Polluting Shipowners in the Fourth Circuit

In 2005, Vitol, S.A., obtained a $6.1 million judgment from the English High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court, against Capri Marine, Ltd., stemming from breached warranties of seaworthiness that caused an oil spill from the ALAMBRA, an oil tanker, in an Estonian port in September 2000.Vitol filed suit to attach the vessel […]

International Recent Developments: United Kingdom

Cash flow is vital for the orderly administration of the carriage of goods. Therefore, a charterer’s failure to pay hire in accordance with the terms of the charterparty is clearly a breach of contract entitling an owner to claim damages and/or suspend the services or even withdraw the vessel. In 2013, there have been a number […]

International Recent Developments: New Zealand

Recent developments in New Zealand’s maritime law have centered on the RENA disaster of October 5, 2011, and on the current government’s strategy of driving economic growth through exploitation of the country’s marine natural resources. This has resulted in a considerable amount of legislative activity from the New Zealand Parliament, complemented by a small number […]

International Recent Developments: Denmark

In 2010, the general rules of the Act on Safety at Sea (Safety at Sea Act), which divide the responsibilities regarding safety at sea between the shipowner, master, etc., were amended. Previously, section 9 of the Safety at Sea Act only placed responsibility on the shipowner for ensuring that faults and defects that the shipowner […]