Government and industry regulations, both in the United States and abroad, impact every aspect of maritime operations. Holland & Knight's Regulatory, Government and Security Team represents shipyards, shipowners, charterers and operators, lenders and leasing companies, component manufacturers, design firms, logistics companies, shippers, forwarders, brokers and other interests in regulatory matters and proceedings before every U.S. federal regulatory agency with jurisdiction over the maritime industry, including the Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard, Customs, Federal Maritime Commission, Maritime Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, State, Commerce, Defense, Interior and Agriculture. We have the knowledge, experience and background necessary to respond to all of your maritime law needs.
Our team regularly guides clients through U.S. federal, state and local regulatory affairs and international regulatory issues with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other regulatory bodies, classification societies and other private industry groups. Our priority is to provide you with proactive counsel, including early warnings regarding various rulemakings, legislation and policy developments to ensure that your concerns are taken into account by regulators and decision-makers on Capitol Hill.
Following are examples of current regulatory matters being handled by our team:
Oil spill drills are a critical part of company compliance programs to prevent casualties or, in the event of an incident, to show a pattern of responsibility. Our maritime attorneys actively counsel shipowners and oil companies in both regional and national oil spill drill and emergency response training activities, including those attended by the U.S. Coast Guard, state and local officials and trustee representatives.
Understanding and compliance with environmental laws and regulations can be challenging. Our team has extensive experience and can assist you with oil pollution liability, emergency oil spill reporting and response requirements, EPA Vessel General Permits and reporting requirements, prosecution of environmental crimes including MARPOL and APPS violations and ballast water management regulations. In addition, we can help you address oil pollution liabilities arising under international conventions to which the United States is not a party, such as the International Convention for Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, as well as potential oil pollution liabilities arising from transborder oil spill incidents.
Following are examples of current and recent environmental matters handled by our team:
Modern-day pirates and terrorists are creating new threats for shipowners and charterers around the world, which, in turn, heightens your need for effective transportation security. Our team has extensive experience in maritime security and can guide you through all aspects relating to intermodal transportation, safety and protection in the homeland security framework. In addition, our maritime attorneys can provide counsel concerning ransom negotiations and dealing with K&R underwriters, new Presidential Executive Order implications, private maritime security forces, and charter party and general average claims and defenses.
Following are examples of current and recent security matters that have been handled by our team:
As a shipowner or charterer, your business operations often require interaction with the U.S. government or the governments of other nations. To increase the likelihood of successfully achieving your business objectives, you need experienced counselors with the right connections and a thorough understanding of U.S. and international maritime law, the process, the ethics and the players involved. Our team has the global knowledge, experience and connections you need, including lawyers practicing in several major shipping and maritime jurisdictions, and regularly advising on laws of many other maritime nations, including Liberian, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu legal opinions.
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