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Montgomery McCracken Partner Alfred J. Kuffler Addresses United States Coast Guard

March 23, 2009


Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP partner and Admiralty practice chair Alfred J. Kuffler presented “Place of Refuge – Answers to What to do with a Vessel in Distress” to the United States Coast Guard and the Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Commission.  Congress established the Commission in the aftermath of the Athos I oil spill in the Delaware River on November 26, 2004.  The Commission’s charge is to make recommendations for improvement with respect to preparedness to response to spills on the Delaware.  The recommendations will go to the Commandant of the Coast Guard and Congress.  In his presentation Mr. Kuffler emphasized the need and the ability of the local community to make available, immediately, facilities equipped to serve a vessel in distress in order to prevent further events.  Mr. Kuffler will deliver the same message to the Connecticut Maritime Association on March 25, 2009.  The CMA Conference is the largest shipping conference in the world.

Kuffler, the lead counsel to the owners and insurers of the Athos I Delaware River oil spill, November 2004, concentrates his practice on hull, cargo, pollution, salvage, charter, maritime contract matters, personal injury, and general maritime lien issues, together with marine and energy insurance and reinsurance cases.  His practice of over 35 years includes admiralty, insurance coverage defense, commercial contract, and construction law experience, representing national and international clients in the marine, insurance, transportation, energy, and heavy manufacturing industries.

Kuffler graduated from Princeton University (A.B., cum laude, 1964) and from Cornell Law School (LL.B., 1967). He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, and the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.