US Coast Guard to Increase Limits of Liability for Vessels, Deepwater Ports, and Onshore Facilities Under OPA 90

The United States Coast Guard is issuing a final rule to increase the limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities, under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, as amended (OPA 90), to reflect significant increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This final rule is effective November 12, ... Read More

Starr v. WQIS – May 2019 Legal Update: Decision of Interest

We provide an update to the previously reported decision summary that can be found here: https://www.wqis.com/starr-v-wqis-legal-update-decision-of-interest/ A notice of Appeal was filed by Starr on May 23, 2018.  The parties fully briefed the matter. Oral argument was held at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on May 15, 2019.  By ... Read More

UNITED STATES v. NATURE’S WAY MARINE, LLC: WQIS Observations Regarding a Decision of Interest

By now, all commercial vessel Owners and Operators are aware or should be of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s September 21, 2018 decision in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, LLC – F.3d – (5th Cir. 2018). WQIS continues to receive various questions about ... Read More

Court Acknowledges WQIS’s Experience & Credibility in Decision Interpreting Extent of Defense Costs Amongst Primary and Excess Insurers

On November 7, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an interesting opinion addressing the issue of when a Primary Marine Insurer’s duty to pay defense costs ends in relation to the exhaustion of the primary policy liability limits under the insurance contract. ... Read More

Update Regarding the National Pollution Funds Center and COFR Applications

The National Pollution Funds Center has posted the following update regarding the government shutdown and the NPFC Vessel Certification Division closure. Due to the partial government shutdown, the Vessel Certification Division at NPFC is only minimally staffed and Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) applications are not being processed. However, ... Read More

National Pollution Funds Center Announces Vessel Certification Division Closure

The Vessel Certification Division of the National Pollution Funds Center has made the following announcement: ************************************** Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the Vessel Certification Division will be closed. During the shutdown, the ECOFR site will remain operational. We will review all received applications in the order received once ... Read More