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The Maritime and Transportation Alert is a quarterly publication providing information on important news and developments within the industry as well as within the firm. 

Timothy Semenoro, partner and member of the firm's Maritime and Transportation practice group serves as editor of this publication.
MMWR News and Events

Firm Grows Maritime Practice in New York

Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to the Maritime and Transportation practice group in the firm's New York office. Stephen H. Vengrow joins the firm as a partner and Eric Chang joins as an associate. 
Montgomery McCracken Maritime Trainee Program
We are pleased to introduce our current student trainee, Natalia Marquet Alonso. Natalia is from San Sebastian (Donostia in Basque), Spain. She studied law at the University of Navarra, and focused her education on American and International Business Law. Natalia also holds a Master's degree in International Relations and International Law from the Public University of the Basque Country. Natalia will be with the firm as a trainee in its maritime and transportation practice for six months.
Connecticut Maritime Association  
Shipping 2016

Montgomery McCracken partner Alfred J. Kuffler will be speaking at the Connecticut Maritime Association Shipping 2016 on March 22, 2016 at the Stamford Hilton, Stamford, CT. Fred will be addressing salvage issues and the challenges of finding a port of refuge.
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A Young Man Sent to Sea

Vince DeOrchis, partner and co-chair of the firm's Maritime and Transportation practice group recently published a memoir embarking a three-month voyage he experienced at the age of eighteen.

A Young Man Sent to Sea details defining events and experiences DeOrchis faced when he was sent off to sea on the M.S. Grundsunda, an aging vessel, with a foreign crew. 
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Maritime and Transportation Alert
Spring 2016 
On Final Approach to the Berth - M/V ATHOS I update
By John J. Levy and Alfred J. Kuffler
An update on the legal action involving the ATHOS I, a tanker that spilled crude oil in the Delaware River near Philadelphia on November 26, 2004. 

The M/V MSC FLAMINIA - Explosion, Fire, General Average, Limitation, and nearly four years past...
By Eugene J. O' Connor and Timothy Semenoro
An update on the US Limitation Action involving the explosion and fire on board the M/V MSC FLAMINIA on July 14, 2012.   View Full Article

O.W. Bunker Litigation in the United States: maritime liens, interpleader jurisdiction, and liquidation
By Robert E. O'Connor
In recent months, there have been several significant developments in various O.W. Bunker litigation in the United States: a district court determined that a physical supplier did not have a maritime lien; a court of appeals affirmed interpleader jurisdiction; and O.W. North America and O.W. USA entered liquidation.   View Full Article

Abandonment of Cargo is No Defense to Ocean Freight Owed
By Vincent M. DeOrchis
United States District Courts in Puerto Rico and Virginia decide claims by vessel owners for freight due and owing on cargo abandoned at their respective ports of discharge.  View Full Article

Deepwater Horizon: Clean Water Act Civil Penalty Assessment Explained
By Eugene J. O'Connor
Recent decision by US District Judge Barbier in Louisiana explaining the rationale for the $159.5 million civil penalty assessed to  Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.  View Full Article

When the Rivers and Harbors Act and the Limitation Act Collide
By Tricia J. Sadd
The Eight Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently considered whether the U.S. Limitation Act of 1851 can be used to protect a vessel owner from government claims brought under Section 408 of Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.   View Full Article

Shippers and Buyers Beware - American Courts Continue to Enforce Tokyo Forum Selection Clauses!
By Melanie A. Leney
United States District Courts in Pennsylvania and Florida rule on NYK's motions to dismiss for forum non conveniens under the terms of the corresponding bills of lading. View Full Article

Rule B Maelstrom - High Court Judgment, Alter Egos, Collateral Estoppel, and Res Judicata
By Ethan Hougah
The United State District Court in New York considers an action involving the Rule B attachment of security and complicated by issues of alter ego, collateral estoppel, and res judicata.  View Full Article

Vacating an Arbitration Award: An Uphill Battle
By Kaspar Kielland
The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently considered whether an arbitration award, regarding the alleged damage to a chemical cargo, should be vacated on the grounds of manifest disregard of the law and corruption or misbehavior of the chairman of the arbitration panel.   View Full Article

Currents and Tides
By Vincent M. DeOrchis
A discussion of issues affecting the maritime industry, including recent catastrophes, declaration of cargo weights, a change to discovery rules, bunker claims and samples, and the upcoming joint MLA and CMI meeting.    
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Meet the Group
Our maritime and transportation team offers clients 24/7 service and is available via phone or email anytime. In the event of an incident or emergency, please contact any member of the team.
John J. Levy Practice Co-Chair
Tim Bergère Partner
Gene O'Connor Partner
Tricia Sadd Partner
Tim Semenoro Partner
Steve Vengrow Partner
Eric Chang Associate

Cora Dayon Associate
Ethan Hougah Associate
Kaspar Kielland Associate
Melanie Leney Associate
Bobby O'Connor Associate
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This publication was prepared by Montgomery McCracken's Maritime and Transportation practice. This publication is not legal advice. This document is intended to provide general information only and nothing in it should be acted upon without consulting a licensed attorney. Receipt of this document does not create an attorney-client relationship between the recipient and Montgomery McCracken. Montgomery McCracken is a law firm with more than 120 attorneys providing legal services across a wide range of industries. The firm has offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. ©2016 Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.