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

Petya Cyber Attack Strikes Ships, Terminals

A global cyber attack spread worldwide June 27, striking multiple shipping operations, including carrier lines and terminals. Internal systems as well as online booking applications were shuttered, causing port closures and potentially serious problems with terminal operating systems that control cargo logistics and ship berthing among many other terminal ... Read More

Bringing Order to a Disaster

A maritime pollution spill may truly be a disaster, and the first hours are the most critical: they can set the tone for the entire response—for good or ill. That’s why WQIS has engaged the best response and mitigation consultants in the business to assist our clients with an ... Read More

NOAA Issues Guidelines for Arctic Marine Mammal Disasters

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued draft guidelines on Arctic marine mammal disasters under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. These guidelines will update the Marine Mammal Oil Spill Response Guidelines of 2006. Comments must be submitted on or before March 13, 2017. Oil spill responses in ... Read More