Legal & Regulations

  • CDC appeals court decision in attempt to maintain...

    In the latest turn in the ongoing legal fight between the Centers for Disease Control and Florida over the restrictions on cruise ships sailing from U.S. ports, the CDC filed an appeal in federal court seeking to overturn the district court’s ruling and blocking the lower court’s injunction against the conditional sailing order governing the restart of cruising. The lower court had sided with Florida, giving the CDC till the beginning of July to propose narrow restrictions while ordering the two sides to mediate the case.


  • HFW And CyberOwl Join Forces To Help Shipping...

    Global, sector-focused law firm HFW and maritime cyber security company CyberOwl have joined forces to provide comprehensive technology and legal services to the shipping industry around cyber risk management and compliance.


  • Italian officials detain NGO rescue vessel after...

    A ship chartered by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières - MSF) has been detained by Italian authorities after a coast guard inspection identified numerous safety issues aboard the Norwegian-flagged vessel. While saying that it is ready to make the necessary steps to get the vessel back to sea, the medical NGO is also accusing the authorities of pursuing political objectives under the guise of inspections as a means to interrupt their work with migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean.


  • Court Refuses Hurricane Energy Reoganization Plan

    U.K.-based oil and gas exploration and production company Hurricane Energy announced that a British court failed to approve the company’s reorganization plan, which could lead to the immediate liquidation of the company. Unlike other companies in the offshore sector which have been successful in court-supervised reorganizations, Hurricane Energy experienced multiple points of opposition to its reorganization.


  • Ever Given's Owner Reaches Settlement With...

    Representatives for shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha have reached a tentative agreement with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) to secure the release of the boxship Ever Given, which has been held in Egyptian custody ever since she ran aground in the Suez Canal in March. 


  • International Maritime Organization bans toxic...

    At the 76th session of the Maritime Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 76), the IMO has prohibited the use of cybutryne in antifouling systems (AFS) from 1 January 2023, as studies have proven that the substance is harmful to a variety of marine organisms.


  • Judge Grants Florida’s Motion for Injunction...

    A U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of Florida in its effort to receive a temporary injunction against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from enforcing its Conditional Sailing Order on cruise ships operating from Florida’s ports. Because of Florida’s probability of success on the merits of its case and the imminent threat of irreparable injury to Florida, Judge Steven Merryday enjoined the CDC from enforcing the CSO in Florida, while also giving the CDC time to revise its rules to fit within the court’s perception of the agency’s legal authority.



China Bans Nine Ship Managers from Crew Changes for 30 Days

After denying media reports that China was banning Indian crewmembers from crew changes due to fears of COVID-19, the Chinese Ministry of Transportation confirmed it was blocking crew changes for at least 30 days from certain crewing agencies and management companies. Chinese officials said the moves were being taken after positive cases of the virus were discovered among crewmembers coming ashore.


Appeals court suspends CDC cruise ship order

In another reversal for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the CDC's "conditional sailing order" (CSO) will not be enforceable during the course of litigation in a suit brought by Florida. It is the latest twist in a series of rulings that temoporarily blocked the CSO, then reinstated it, then blocked it again.


Bar Harbor Residents Tell Town Council to Limit Cruise Ships

Bar Harbor, Maine is moving to become the latest popular tourist destination to impose further restrictions on cruise ship visits. The move comes after town residents voiced their concerns over the overcrowding and congestion created by cruise ships during the 2019 season.