Charlie Papavizas

Charlie Papavizas

CPapavizas@winston.com

Charlie Papavizas is a partner in Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. office and chair of the firm's maritime and admiralty practice. He focuses his practice on administrative, legislative, and corporate matters, primarily in the maritime industry. Learn more about Mr. Papavizas' background at: http://www.winston.com/cpapavizas

H.R. 702

Big Win for U.S. Maritime Security Program

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-10-12 14:07:06

On October 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to accelerate increased funding for the U.S. Maritime Security Program (MSP). MSP provides financial support to 60 particularly militarily useful U.S.-flag vessels engaged in the foreign trade. The context was the consideration by the House of Representatives of H.R. 702, a bill authorizing unrestricted U.S. crude oil exports. H.R. 702, introduced by Rep. Joe Barton of Texas in February 2015, would repeal section 103 of the Energy Policy and...

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Ballast water compliance

Coast Guard Makes Ballast Water Compliance Easier

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-09-18 13:26:05

On September 10, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard issued new ballast water compliance guidance that simplifies and clarifies the process by which vessels can seek extensions to come into compliance with ballast water discharge standards.

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Crude Oil Exports, Jones Act

U.S. Crude Oil Exports Get a Boost

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-09-03 14:24:28

Although there have been numerous recent studies on the potential economic impact of U.S. crude oil exports, it was not until recently that the U.S. Government issued its own study directly on those effects. On September 1, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued “Effects of Removing Restrictions on U.S. Crude Oil Exports,” which concluded (with a number of caveats and assumptions) that removal of remaining U.S. crude oil export restrictions would either leave U.S. gasoline prices unchanged or slightly...

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Maritime Security Program

New Rules Proposed for Maritime Security Program

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-08-06 17:48:34

On August 5, 2015, the U.S. Maritime Administration proposed new rules for the U.S. Maritime Security Program (MSP). MSP secures the services of 60 privately owned U.S.-flag vessels for the U.S. Government in exchange for an annual stipend currently set at $3.1 million. The largest participant in the Program is Maersk Line, Limited.

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Jones Act Shipping

Jones Act Challenge Fails

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-08-03 17:19:33

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit turned away a challenge to the Jones Act on July 30, 2015. The case, brought in Hawaii by certain shipper interests, argued that the Jones Act impaired interstate trade and therefore violated the United States Constitution. The U.S. District Court in Hawaii had dismissed the case, concluding that the challengers lacked standing. The U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed that decision and, more importantly, concluded that the constitutional challenge would not...

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Puerto Rico Jones Act

Report Seeks Puerto Rico Jones Act Changes

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-06-30 17:52:26

In connection with the financing crisis in Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico commissioned a report on changes that can be made to reverse the situation. The report – “Puerto Rico – A Way Forward” – was released on June 29, 2015. The report points out that “structural problems, economic shocks, and weak public finances have yielded a decade of stagnation, outmigration, and debt” in Puerto Rico. The report makes several suggestions for growing the Puerto Rico economy,...

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port

U.S. Deepwater Port Guidance Issued

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-05-11 12:59:16

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Maritime Administration issued its final policy on the processing of applications for offshore or deepwater port facilities. A draft policy was published for comment in October 2014. In the policy, MARAD chose not to embellish upon the existing statutory and regulatory criteria for deepwater ports approvals. MARAD is charged by the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, as amended, together with the U.S. Coast Guard, with issuing licenses for deepwater ports, including LNG export terminals, located...

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ship

Federal Ship Financing Program Shifts Focus

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-04-23 13:32:06

The U.S. Maritime Administration issued two policy notices on April 22, 2015, shifting the focus of its Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program on environmental policy and cargo preference. Under the Title XI program, MARAD has the authority to guarantee indebtedness incurred in connection with the qualified construction or reconstruction of a vessel in the United States.  One of the notices formalizes a policy MARAD has been following informally to prefer Title XI applicants who propose projects with environmental benefits. Specifically,...

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Fuel blending

Fuel Blending Ruling Could Impact Jones Act

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-04-06 10:14:50

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released to the public a private ruling on the relationship between offshore fuel blending and the Jones Act that could impact the movement of petroleum products. When a similar ruling was issued to the public last spring, it generated a letter from Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA) to the CBP commissioner registering concern. The Jones Act restricts the transportation of “merchandise” between two U.S. points to qualified U.S.-flag vessels. If the merchandise...

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US Congress

Jones Act Tied to Crude Oil Exports

By Charlie Papavizas 2015-03-20 16:30:51

The U.S. Congress continues to consider whether to reverse the 1975 ban on crude oil exports prompted by the U.S. shale oil renaissance. That consideration also continues to overlap with the U.S. Jones Act, as evidenced in two separate U.S. Senate Committee hearings held on March 19, 2015. The Senate Energy Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, held a hearing to discuss whether the ban should be reversed or modified. Several witnesses called for a repeal of the ban...

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