Admiralty & Maritime law
Our admiralty and maritime law practice offers clients a unique combination of operational, regulatory, and litigation expertise in the Upper Midwest. Our Minneapolis attorneys provide the capabilities of a coastal law firm, with the care, efficiency, and reasonable rates of a Midwestern firm.
We represent businesses primarily involved in interstate and international maritime commerce on the Great Lakes, Mississippi River, and other inland waterways. In order to provide our clients expansive and immediate attention, our attorneys are licensed in several states and federal jurisdictions. We advise and aggressively defend our client's marine and marine-related issues involving "brown water," "blue water," and other offshore trades.
Eckland & Blando's expertise extends across multiple maritime industries and fields. We understand the unique needs of vessel builders, vessel owners and operators, charterers, construction and dredging firms, freight forwarders, inland carriers, lenders, marina operators, classification societies and marine surveyors, stevedores, and terminal operators in the areas of acquisitions and sales. Our experienced attorneys are also knowledgeable of the distinct legal issues involving affreightment, brokerage, charter parties, cargo, dredging, documentation and marine registration, energy, environmental regulation, finance and foreclosure, fisheries, pollution, licensing, management and crewing, marine construction, maritime service agreements, towage, transportation (ocean, air, and inland marine), and trade-related agreements. We can also assist vessel construction, repair, and design firms in a number of other areas, including, defense of negligent design claims, perfection and foreclosure of liens for vessel repair services, the registration of hull designs under the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act, dredging issues in connection with the movement of vessels, and OSHA issues.
The attorneys at Eckland & Blando set themselves apart from all other firms in the region by having a deep understanding of the complex procedural nature of admiralty and maritime law. We have an advanced education and experience with both in personam and in rem admiralty litigation and arbitration, including Rule B attachments and Rule C arrests, maritime liens, foreclosure, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, marine casualty and insurance defense, subrogation, cargo and seafarer rights, maritime subrogation, surety claims, Jones Act, Longshoremen's and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, limitation of liability, and salvage.
In addition to litigation, our transactional admiralty and maritime law practice helps clients identify areas of business and funding across both public and private sectors. First, we assist clients secure government contracts with both state and federal agencies, including the United States military. Second, we also provide full-service financial advice in connection with a wide variety of transactions, including charters, commercial loans, private debt and equity placements, government grant programs and credit-enhancement programs, labor agreements, lease finance transactions for vessels and maritime equipment, operating and management agreements, vessel construction contracts, vessel and fleet mortgage loan financing, and vessel purchase and sale agreements.
Lastly, Eckland & Blando's experience and Washington D.C. connections also provide clients an advantageous position working within the often onerous rules and regulations of the Federal Government. We are able to advise transportation clients regarding compliance with U.S. and international laws and conventions, and concerning dealings with various state and federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (including Coast Guard, Customs, and INS), Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Maritime Commission, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.