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Trading with Syria? Take legal advice.

Although we get more enquiries from clients involved with Iranian shipments, we have recently dealt with a number of cases where ship owners under charter have received orders to trade to Syrian ports. We would urge those clients to obtain prompt legal advice on whether such orders are legitimate. If [...]

March 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Liquefaction – don’t assume coal is not a risk!

Cargo liquefaction can have serious and deadly consequences.  One needs to look no further than the tragic and sudden capsize of the Bulk Jupiter in January 2015.  The vessel had loaded bauxite ore in Malaysia for ports in China and all but one of the crew members perished when the [...]

March 8th, 2019|0 Comments

SOX – it’s not all about 1 January 2020.

It’s not easy being a ship owner these days. Whilst the big issue is the looming 1 January 2020 MARPOL deadline for ALL ships to switch to low sulphur fuels (or have approved scrubbers in place to burn high sulphur fuel), ship owners also have to watch out for other [...]

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

The perils of internal emails and over redaction

It’s rare for shipping lawyers to find something of interest in a football case. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision in the Chancery Division of the High Court (1) has provided further guidance on the scope of litigation privilege. The facts of the case are not so important save that [...]

February 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Settling claims – do’s and don’ts

A recent case (1) reminds us of arguments that can arise when parties agree to settle a dispute via an exchange of emails. It also tells us that English Tribunals and Courts adopt a fairly robust approach when it comes to technical ways to avoid payment of an agreed settlement. In [...]

February 15th, 2019|0 Comments