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The importance of paying hire on time!

It seems that the days of tardy hire payments may be over, at least in some sectors where spot markets are booming and predicted to remain high. Tanker operators have for many years struggled to survive in a market where spot rates have long been below operational and finance costs. This [...]

October 15th, 2019|0 Comments

When does a document lose its privileged status?

According to a recent Court of Appeal decision(1) the answer is - until someone with appropriate authority waives privilege or statute provides for its disclosure. That is the case even if there is no-one in existence to waive privilege such that the document remains privileged forever! This issue came up in [...]

October 8th, 2019|0 Comments

OFAC imposes sanctions against Chinese controlled shipping companies.

On 25th September the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added a number entities to the list of Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) after being found by OFAC to meet the criteria for the imposition of Iran-related sanctions. Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13846. E.O. 13846, which was [...]

October 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

BDM again ranked in The Legal 500

It is a pleasure to announce that our firm has once again been entered as a leading firm in the Legal 500 rankings for shipping law. Those interested can click here for the write up. Bob Deering, Nick Burgess and the team as a whole receive accolades whilst Gabrielle de Blaquiere, Emmy [...]

October 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

What happens when judges get it wrong?

It is disturbing to learn that judges sometimes miss key evidence. Having said that, it is good to know that the English legal system has appropriate checks and balances in place through the appeal system. In one recent case (1), the Court of Appeal reviewed a decision reached at first [...]

September 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Where should an arrived ship tender Notice of Readiness?

It’s common practice for an owner (or a party in the position of owner) to tender Notice of Readiness (“NOR”) at the earliest possible opportunity. Not only does this avoid potential cancellation by the charterer, it also starts the clock running on the free time available to the charterer before [...]

August 28th, 2019|0 Comments

First Seminar in New Office.

It was a pleasure to welcome Juthathawat (Tor) Pengsri, Head of Legal & Claims from Thoresen Shipping, and all our friends from London P&I Club at our new office in the heart of the City. After a short seminar on the pitfalls of withdrawing ships from time charters hosted by David [...]

August 21st, 2019|0 Comments

The Pigeons Fight Back!

Those of you who regularly read our blog may have seen our earlier article “Indonesia sets the cat amongst the pigeons!” regarding the Indonesian government’s decision not to enforce the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulations on Indonesian flagged vessels plying domestic routes. Yesterday, in a quick turnaround, the Indonesian Ministry [...]

August 21st, 2019|0 Comments