Zero Emission Global Shipping: What it Means For Maritime Transport

The global shipping industry is not only massive and far-reaching, but it’s also continuing to grow at a rapid pace. Thousands of ships around the world carry billions of dollars of goods, such as food, autos, and electronics across every ocean. Those ships run mostly on fuel known as ... Read More

The Rise of Decarbonization in Commercial Shipping

Since January 1, shipping companies have been held to a higher standard when it comes to their pollution output and use of sulfur in fuels. Known as IMO 2020, the new regulations are holding shipping companies more accountable and slapping them with fines if they go past a certain ... Read More

WQIS Appoints Ryan A. Puttick Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer

The Water Quality Insurance Syndicate, (“WQIS”), has announced today that Ryan A. Puttick has been appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer effective from 1 October, 2019, replacing Harry Diamond who will transition to the full time position of Executive Consultant to WQIS. Ryan joined WQIS’ claims department in 2013 ... Read More

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