Maritime Jobs
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Us Court News

© Feng Yu/Adobe Stock

17 Keppel Employees Pay for Petrobras Bribery Case

Keppel Corp's rig-building unit has taken disciplinary action against 17 current and former employees as part of its Brazil bribery case, a U.S. court document showed, including $8.9 million of financial sanctions, demotions and departures. The measures were revealed after the Singapore-based company agreed to pay $422 million to settle charges it bribed Brazilian officials, including some at state-run oil company Petrobras. Singapore authorities are investigating individuals involved.   In the document seen by Reuters, U.S. authorities listed remedial measures taken by Keppel Offshore &

Jay T. Huffman (Photo: Blank Rome)

Huffman Joins Blank Rome in Houston

, Huffman will serve as a member of Blank Rome’s Maritime Emergency Response Team (MERT) to respond to pollution-related incidents and vessel casualties at a moment’s notice, and manage the potential civil and criminal consequences involved.   Admitted to practice in Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, Huffman earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School and his B.S. from the United States Military Academy. While he was in law school, he was elected to the Order of the Barristers

Antonia Panayides (Photo: Reed Smith)

Reed Smith Adds Two Shipping Partners

2007 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008. Panayides deals with a wide range of dry shipping and offshore matters from the firm's London office. Her experience includes charter party disputes, shipmanagement, bill of lading, sale and purchase and contract of affreightment disputes whether subject to High Court and arbitration jurisdiction. Panayides acts for owners, charterers, ship managers and brokers, as well as P&I clubs. Her knowledge extends to the offshore sector where she handles disputes arising from drilling, FPSO and supply vessel contracts. Sarma is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased capacity for complex operations while maintaining the highest environmental and safety standards for

© Carabay / Adobe Stock

For Payroll Purposes, is Your Seaman Really a Seaman?

to conduct another analysis to see what kind of employees you have for payroll purposes.   Apples-to-Oranges A Jones Act seaman may not be considered a seaman for payroll purposes under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As such, despite maritime law designating your crew member as a seaman, a court could determine that your seaman does not fall within the scope of the seaman exception to the FLSA and find you liable for penalties and wages related to the overtime rules included in the FLSA.   The FLSA requires employers to provide overtime pay to any employee who works more than forty

© wanfahmy / Adobe Stock

Effective Harassment Prevention Training

arises from the fact that the term “harassment” appears nowhere in the statute’s text. Rather, the key operative language provides that an employer may not discriminate against an individual with respect to his “compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges.” The Supreme Court adopted the “severe or pervasive” standard in order to shoehorn the harassment concept into the “terms” or “conditions” language. Put another way, discriminatory harassment does not become actionable under Title VII unless its severity or pervasiveness is intense

Sewol Crew Gets Little in Legal Resources

MOKPO, South Korea, May 20 (Reuters) - South Korea's legal system appears to be failing 15 surviving crew of a ferry that sank last month, killing hundreds of children, with their being tried and convicted by an angry public before the case has even come to court. Lawyers are agonising over how they can mount a convincing defence of the crew, who jumped ship as the children waited in their cabins, dressed in life jackets, obediently following orders before a disaster that put the whole country in mourning. The absence of determined defence may mean that the crew's side of the story - whether

Neeraj Bansal appointed Deputy Chairman

Neeraj Bansal Appointed Deputy Chairman of JNPT

Exercised Leadership in co-ordinating with Public Accounts Committee on Finance and other Government Agencies such as, Government of Maharashtra, BMC, Mumbai, Police, CBI, * Vast experience in handling legal issues such as, Vodafone case and Scam cases of Harshad Mehta before Hon’ble Supreme Court, Bombay High Court etc. * Experience in formulation of tax-policy and its administration in Mumbai Source: JNPT  

Melanie A. Leney (Photo: Montgomery McCracken)

Leney Elected to Partner at Montgomery McCracken

levels, with an emphasis in maritime and transportation, employment litigation, products liability, personal injury, government investigations, and compliance and regulatory issues. She has also represented clients pro bono in civil rights and Federal Tort Claim Act litigation through the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey’s pro bono program. Leney is a member of the American Bar Association, the Camden County Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association. In addition, she is a member of the board of trustees for the Alice Paul Institute, a non-for-profit corporation that promotes

Senator James E. Risch

ICTSI Efforts to Labor Slowdowns

;s Terminal 6, to focus congressional attention on the ongoing problem of maritime labor slowdowns. The measure would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to make intentional slowdowns by maritime unions an unfair labor practice. Offending labor organizations would be subjected to federal court injunctions against slowdowns as well as damage claims to injured parties.  Intentional slowdowns are orchestrated campaigns by labor unions such as the International Warehouse and Longshore Union (ILWU) to essentially engage in a strike with little or no cost to their members. In contrast to

Beazley Appoints Moy as US Marine Underwriter

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed John Moy as U.S. marine underwriter within its newly- launched U.S. marine platform.    Moy will report to Steve Vivian, head of U.S. marine at Beazley, and will be responsible for underwriting and building the company’s U.S. hull, protection & indemnity (P&I) and liability business for the marine and marine construction sectors. Mr Moy joins from Water Quality Syndicate in New York where he was Chief Underwriting Officer.   Moy has a wealth of experience gained from a career that spans the U.S. Merchant Marine, private shipping

Chris Hearne (Photo: Dana Gas)

Dana Gas Announces New Senior Management

in March 2014 as the Commercial and Business Development Director.  Previously, Maclean was a partner with the global law firm of Squire Patten Boggs based in Perth, Australia, and was the Co-Chair of the firm’s global energy and resources group.  Maclean is admitted to the Supreme Courts of Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and the High Court of Australia. He has over 20 years’ extensive experience of practicing international energy law.    

The Training Academy Launches in Gosport

expand their knowledge. All the seminars will be delivered by Ian Biles BEng (Hons), MA, CEng, DipMarSur, FNI, MIIMS, MRINA, MIMarEST, MSCMS, MHCMM, AMS one of the world’s foremost marine surveyors, consultants, writers and regular expert witness in some of the industry’s most high profile court cases

Mark Ross (Photo: Brookes Bell Group)

Ross Joins Brookes Bell Group

fire origin and cause investigations and fire behavior. He has carried out more than 2,000 fire investigations, ranging from small compartment fires to multimillion pound losses, and including those of accidental and deliberate origin. He has also given expert testimony in Coroners, Magistrates and Crown Courts on numerous occasions

Walter J. Brudzinski (Photo: Chuck Fazio)

Insights: USCG Can Suspend and Revoke Merchant Mariner Credentials

right, the Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and Coast Guard regulations provide due process protections when the government proposes suspending or revoking that Credential.     To that end, the S&R hearing process is very similar to a civil trial in state or federal court without a jury but with streamlined discovery rules to ensure a just, speedy, and inexpensive determination. The hearing is not a criminal trial and the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) cannot sentence a mariner to incarceration or impose a fine.  Rather, these administrative proceedings are remedial

David Kalata (Photo: JAXPORT)

JAXPORT Hires Kalata as Container Accounts Director

JAXPORT has hired logistics and transportation professional David Kalata as Director, National Container Accounts. Kalata joins JAXPORT’s sales and marketing team and is responsible for developing new and existing container cargo business with accounts throughout the United States.    Kalata comes aboard as the federal project to deepen Jacksonville's shipping channel to 47 feet is set to begin. JAXPORT continues to record growth in international container volumes while expanding service offerings to and from the Southeastern U.S. to key markets throughout the world.   Kalata

SAMSUN has three SAILOR 6222 VHF DSC Class A systems on board (Photo: Cobham SATCOM)

Turkish Cadets Learn GMDSS Operation

A new Turkish training ship operated by TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, is now providing vital safety and operational training for Turkish maritime cadets following installation of an extensive suite of SAILOR GMDSS solutions including Inmarsat Mini-C and maritime radios, all operated through a unique touch-screen user interface. The SAILOR 6000 GMDSS products used on board the Ro-Ro/Passenger ship ‘SAMSUN’, which was recently chartered and converted for training by TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, are the foundation of a diverse curriculum delivered