The American Bar Association voted to urge Congress to adopt the Rotterdam Rules, a significant step toward acceptance of international shipping liability standards. The rules, signed by the U.S. last September, would replace the 1924 Carriage of Goods by Sea Act to cover liability for cargo damaged at sea or on land when part of a door-to-door intermodal move. ‘The present legal regimes for maritime cargo transportation are numerous and outdated,’ the ABA said. ‘The Rotterdam Rules will provide greater harmony, efficiency, uniformity, and predictability for those involved in marine shipping.’ Maritime attorney Chester D. Hooper, a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law working group that drafted the rules, said the endorsement is important because the Senate will consult with the ABA about the rules when they come up for ratification. No date has been set for the Senate to take up the rules.