Recent Developments in Maritime-Related Environmental Regulations and Enforcement

Production Date: April 25, 2017 Practice Areas: Environmental Law and Admiralty & Maritime Law Estimated Length: 3764 minutes


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MARPOL is an international environmental treaty between maritime nations that recognize that ships transiting international waters are a significant source of pollution. The individual sections (“annexes”) of MARPOL became active at different times, as each annex received the required number of signatory states. This course, presented by Michael J. Lignos of K&L Gates LLP, focuses on issues relating to Annex I and Annex VI.

The U.S. government (mainly the U.S. Coast Guard, EPA and the Environmental Crimes Section of DOJ) has implemented and enforces MARPOL through the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). APPS fines and consequences are often significant and can impose a considerable financial burden on violators both during the investigation and prosecution phases. Government enforcement as well as the fine amounts in this particular area of the law is on the increase. It is therefore important to be familiar with MARPOL/APPS Annexes I and VI, as well as with the government’s  modus operandi in enforcing the regulations, as well as developments that affect the enforcement “tools” the government has at its disposal.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the structure and requirements of MARPOL/APPS, specifically focusing on Annex I and VI Regulations and How Such Regulations are Enforced
  2. Review Case Law and Other Developments Affecting Annex I and VI Regulations and the Enforcement “Tools” Used By Governmental Agencies

  3. Understand Relevant State Enforcement Actions, Such as Those Brought by the California Air Resources Board

  4. Discuss Strategies to Deal with Governmental Investigations and Prosecutions

  5. Precautions Clients Should Be Advised to Take to Avoid Violations and Fines

Daniel O.
Bangor, PA

Good presentation.

Michael W.
New York, NY

Informative primer course

Susan M. B.
Massapequa, NY

engaging speaker; well-organized; good use of cases to highlight material

Benton L.
Port Washington, NY

speaker not particularly inspiring

Mark A.
Sperryville, VA

Best Lawline CLE we have taken in past 12 months


Presented what could have been a very dull subject in an interesting and informative manner

Mark C.
Forest Hills, NY


Michael W.
Orange, CT

Nice summary of some of the recent litigation imposing some limits on DOJ enforcement actions

James S.
Queens, NY


Konstantinos Anastasios K.
Athens, A1

Very interesting topic. We are expecting more similar Videos.

erick w.
el paso, TX


Paul H.
New York, NY

very nice to see a class on maritime issues.

Dwight B.
Flatwoods, KY


Augustin D.
Reston, VA

The presentation was clear and easy to follow. the pace was very good as well

Lisa P.
Granbury, TX

Great video.

Lloyd G.
Buffalo, NY

An interesting exposure to an esoteric area of law.

Otis C.
Cleveland, TX

Informative and timely

William S.
New Hyde Park, NY

Not my area of expertise but truly enjoyed the course.

Anne Marie D.
Long Beach, NY

Really glad to have an unusual topic~very interesting.

Rommel M.
Elizabeth, NJ


Barry C.
Metairie, LA


Andrew P.
Manvel, TX

Good overview of the area of law.

Linda V.
Columbus, GA

Good overview and examples!

Brian O.
Merrick, NY

Nice job.