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White House Issues Executive Order to Strengthen Cybersecurity at US Ports

On February 21, 2024, the White House issued an executive order implementing various measures to bolster the security of US ports by expanding the US Coast Guard’s authority to regulate maritime cybersecurity, requiring the reporting of cyber incidents and investing in the US port critical infrastructure.… Continue Reading

Mahoney v. U.S. Department of the Interior

In Mahoney v. U.S. Department of the Interior,[1] the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently addressed an environmental challenge to the South Fork Wind Farm (“Wind Farm”) that is being constructed on the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) approximately 35 miles off Montauk Point, New York. The Mahoney decision is … Continue Reading

US Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Applications for Two Clean Energy Grant Programs

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is seeking applications for two competitive clean energy grant programs, the National Clean Communities Investment Accelerator and the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator, which have combined funding of US$20 billion. These programs are part of the US$27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) established under the Inflation Reduction … Continue Reading

CBP Issues Another Offshore Wind Scour Protection Ruling

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expanded its body of offshore wind energy rulings and held that the Jones Act did not prohibit a foreign flagged vessel from transporting and installing scour protection (i.e. rocks) on the bottom of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) during construction of wind turbine generator foundations (WTG). See HQ H327710. Read … Continue Reading

CBP Issues Ruling on Offshore Wind Electrical Cable Installation

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently held that a foreign flagged vessel could install electric transmission cables without violating the coastwise laws. This decision reflects a growing body of CBP rulings that address whether a Jones Act compliant vessel is required for specific aspects of an offshore wind project.… Continue Reading
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