New Ruling on Detention & Demurrage Charges

A ruling was issued last week by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) that establishes new billing requirements for common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs). These requirements - which cover charges incurred for demurrage and detention charges - ultimately provide a clearer picture on who may be billed, the timeframe of billing, and the process for potential billing disputes. It [...]

CBP Releases Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS)

The Winter issue of the Maritime Exchange’s The Beacon reported that The Customs and Border Protection Vessel Entrance and Clearance System, known as VECS, has been widely accepted by the steamship community as a major improvement. VECS is an electronic portal for ship agents and other filers to submit the data required on CBP forms 26, 226, 1300, 1302, 1303, [...]

  • JSC Helps Refloat

Maryland Oyster Industry to Benefit from the Ever Forward Grounding

  It’s been nearly two years since the 1,095-foot Ever Forward container ship ran aground on an upper Chesapeake Bay oyster bar. The Ever Forward was refloated on April 17, 2022, after a month of intensive dredging and multiple extraction efforts, including the help of John S. Connor.  Connor focused skill in two areas; our compliance team reviewed the situation [...]

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