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Crossing and Narrow Channel? Which rule applies?

It’s not often that collision cases make it to the Court of Appeal. However, large sums were at stake for the Owners of the EVER SMART as they were deemed predominantly to blame for the collision that took place in the early hours of 11 February 2015 as their vessel [...]

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

The New Nordic Marine Plan now in force

It is important for all Admiralty Practitioners to be familiar with the Nordic Plan.  Although it is of course governed by Norwegian law we sometimes see insurance written on the Plan but with English law and arbitration. However, regardless of the law and arbitration provisions, it is important in any [...]

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

New safety regulations come in at Chittagong

The anchorage at Chittagong has been the subject of much comment over the years.  Some argue that it goes so far as to be an unsafe anchorage.  We have certainly seen this in various proceedings which stem from incidents at the port.  It is perhaps welcome therefore that the authorities [...]

October 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Can you agree not to modify an agreement orally?

This issue came up recently in the Supreme Court (1). Previously it had always been the case under English law that parties could verbally agree to vary anything in a contract, provided of course that there was sufficient evidence, intent and consideration. That also extended to varying clauses which, on [...]

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

When force majeure gets you off the hook?

The old chestnut “force majeure” came up recently in the case of Classic Maritime Inc. v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD & Anor [2018] EWHC 2389 (Comm) (13 September 2018) . Classic Maritime and Limbungan entered into a COA for numerous Brazilian iron ore cargoes.  It later transpired that Limbungan as charterers were not [...]

September 28th, 2018|0 Comments

BDM expands again

We are pleased to welcome Nick Bradley to our team. He joins us as a solicitor, having trained at a shipping and commercial litigation boutique in London and worked for another specialist shipping firm as an associate. He has experience handling a wide variety of cases including numerous contractual disputes [...]

September 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Trump trade war causes headaches!

This tweet has caused problems for Turkish shippers one of whom was recently in the process of loading steel on a ship destined for the US. One wave of Trump's twitter wand caused that sale to fail. The shipper was left with cargo on a ship, no buyer and a [...]

August 29th, 2018|0 Comments