Cozen O’Connor: Maritime Regulatory

Maritime Regulatory

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Maritime activity in the United States is heavily regulated. It is overseen by numerous federal agencies and governed by a legal regime that is neither simple nor intuitive. Businesses with maritime-related operations require sophisticated maritime counsel. Cozen O’Connor has one of the largest, oldest, and most renowned maritime regulatory practices in the country.

Attorneys at Cozen O’Connor represent major global vessel operating common carriers; alliances, consortia, and other groups of ocean shipping companies; terminals and terminal operators; offshore energy rig owner-operators; entities involved in the installation of offshore wind turbines and other marine construction, carrier-terminal management groups; and ocean transportation intermediaries.

We counsel clients on all regulations enforced by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), including tariffs and service contracts; discussion agreements; vessel sharing agreements; and niche or specialty agreements. Cozen O’Connor’s team has drafted and finalized more service contracts and carrier agreements than any other maritime group in the world.

The firm’s regulatory attorneys also advise clients on the flagging or reflagging of vessels according to the maritime laws of the U.S., the Republic of Vanuatu, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Liberia. We help clients comply with a litany of other U.S. maritime laws (e.g., Jones Act, Towing and Salvage Statute, Dredging Statute, Passenger Vessel Services Act, and American Fisheries Act) and the requirements of various maritime promotional programs (e.g., cargo preference programs and the Maritime Security Program). We also provide clear guidance on environmental and offshore energy regulations, sanctions, and embargos.

Cozen O’Connor attorneys, many of whom have been practicing in the maritime field for three or more decades, have earned a reputation for excellence among top regulators in Washington, D.C., including those at the FMC, Maritime Administration, Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Military Sealift Command, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation, and Department of Homeland Security. 

In the maritime arena, U.S. regulators often oversee the conduct of non-U.S. participants. Our attorneys have deep experience representing international clients and helping clientele based both in the U.S. and overseas understand extra-territorial legal requirements. We frequently assist clients dealing with foreign governments on issues relating to regulatory compliance and reform.

Most important to our maritime clients, Cozen O’Connor attorneys don’t just understand the regulations—we understand their businesses. From ship hull engineering to trade routes, we have deep knowledge of all aspects of the maritime industry. This allows us to provide regulatory advice that is astute and practical.

Members of our team have directly shaped U.S. maritime law. They have testified before Congress on dozens of critical legislative reforms and served on U.S. delegations to negotiate and implement bilateral and international transportation and security agreements. Cozen O’Connor was named 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law. The Legal 500 United States has recognized the practice group as a Top Tier Firm for Transport: Shipping. The maritime group, as well as numerous individual members, has also been recognized by Chambers and Partners, and the team includes several past presidents of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association.

Publications

A Time to Act Boldly: Maritime Challenges in the 116th Congress [Marine News]

February 12, 2019

Jeff Vogel authored a piece calling for the 116th Congress to recognize that the U.S.-flag fleet requires new mechanisms of support and that our domestic port infrastructure is a strategic national asset, requiring additional funding.

10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference

October 11, 2018

Jeff Vogel, a member in the firm's Transportation & Trade Group, published "10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference" for Law360.

President Proposes Boost to Maritime Infrastructure Investment [Public Strategies Alert]

March 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer, Robert Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss the president's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America."

Third Circuit Reverses Rule Permitting Piecemeal Review of Seafarer’s CBAs

December 21, 2017

Raz Barnea, an associate in the firm's Seattle office, published, "Third Circuit Reverses Rule Permitting Piecemeal Review of Seafarer’s CBAs."

Making Sense of the Jones Act Waiver Conundrum [Maritime Alert]

September 29, 2017

In response to the governor of Puerto Rico’s request, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) waived the Jones Act on Thursday. The waiver covers all products shipped to Puerto Rico laded on board a vessel over the next 10 days and delivered to Puerto Rico by October 18.

Winds of Change: Hurricane Waivers and Infrastructure Funding [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

September 20, 2017

This edition of the Maritime & Infrastructure Federal Update highlights the recent Jones Act waiver, funding through the TIGER program, the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and more.

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities [Maritime Alert]

June 07, 2017

Geof Ferrer, Rob Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss two notices that create a significant opportunity for stakeholders to shape the regulation of transportation and infrastructure projects in the United States.

Plotting the Course for Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Action [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

May 30, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update attempts to navigate the mixed messages of recent government actions.

Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

April 19, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform work on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, (ii) the implementation of a significant terminal coordination agreement, (iii) leadership changes at the Department of Transportation and Federal Maritime Commission, (iv) settlement of a landmark Jones Act case, (v) House actions regarding Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Coast Guard and (vi) Congressional hearings on Coast Guard, maritime, and infrastructure programs.

Furie and DHS Settle Dispute over Largest-Ever Jones Act Fine [Maritime Alert]

March 30, 2017

Jeff Vogel discusses the stipulation of dismissal filed by Furie Operating Alaska and the DHS, ending their long-standing Jones Act dispute.

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update March 2017

March 27, 2017

Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the maritime industry and our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Admiralty Regional Meeting 2018

April 06, 2018 - Houston, TX

EMLO 2017 Spring Seminar

April 27, 2017 - Genoa, Italy

In The News

Diverting Army Corps' Funding 'Would Cause Immediate Cessation' of Important Projects

February 15, 2019

Jeff Vogel was quoted in the Wall Street Journal's piece on how President Trump declaring a national emergency to bolster the wall would potentially divert critical funding sources away from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1

September 12, 2018

Robert Freeman, a government relations principal at the firm, was quoted in Law360's feature story, "Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1."

Seven Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

August 31, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that seven of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Three Practice Areas and Six Attorneys Recommended by The U.S. Edition of The Legal 500

June 15, 2018

The U.S. edition of The Legal 500 recognized Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, and Shipping practices as well as attorneys Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, and Anne Mickey.

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

May 21, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Transportation Attorney Geoffrey Ferrer Admitted to Practice Law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

August 02, 2017

Geoffrey D. Ferrer, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Practice Group and Office Managing Partner of the New York Downtown Office, has been sworn in as a member of the Republic of the Marshall Islands bar becoming one of only 54 admitted and active Marshall Islands attorneys.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

11 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 15, 2017

Selection to Super Lawyers is based on peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Former Acting Chief, Division of Maritime Programs, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

January 18, 2017

Vogel brings more than eight years of experience in maritime, national security, transportation infrastructure, and trade law to Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Group.

Cozen O’Connor Named 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law

December 12, 2016

Cozen O'Connor was recognized as the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year” for outstanding work in Admiralty & Maritime Law. Cozen O’Connor is one of only five firms to have been honored with this prestigious recognition in this area of practice since the inception of “Best Law Firms” in 2010.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Highlighted in Bisnow

January 21, 2015

Bisnow interviewed several members of the Transportation & Logistic Practice who are residents in our Washington, D.C., office to get a realistic perspective of transportation and logistics issues coming up in 2015. For the article titled “This Firm Puts Advisors on Seven Continents. Here’s Why,” Bisnow spoke with David Heffernan, Ken Hines, Mark Atwood and Steve Lachter regarding aviation regulatory issues. On the maritime side, Bisnow had discussions with Marc Fink and also interviewed Jeff Lawrence as the chair of the Transportation & Logistics Practice Group.