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BDM at the Marine & Cargo Insurance Conference in Antwerp

Bob Deering and Emmy Ameloot were pleased to speak at the Marine & Cargo Insurance Conference in Antwerp.  It was also a great opportunity to catch up with clients and friends. BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality legal advice and representation at a reasonable price.  Please follow us on social [...]

May 14th, 2019|

Novel attempt to get around the deck cargo exclusion fails

It is always interesting to see novel arguments put forward to seek to get around exclusion clauses. In this case (1), an eloquent argument was put forward that the clause excluding a carrier’s liability for loss or damage to deck cargo did not apply in circumstances where that loss or damage was caused by a failure [...]

May 1st, 2019|

The Importance of Passage Planning

In the recent case of the “CMA CGM LIBRA”(1) Mr Justice Teare ruled that the ship was unseaworthy as a result of a failure by the crew to exercise due diligence when preparing and updating the passage plan. On 17 May 2011 the vessel grounded on a shoal as she sailed out of the port of Xiamen [...]

April 29th, 2019|

Where to scrap?

Those who follow our blog may recall that we keep a close eye on the increasing problems faced by EU based shipowners when their ships are reaching the end of their working lives. See our previous reports here and here. From 1 January 2019 the amended Regulation (EU) 1257/2013 of the European Parliament and the [...]

April 24th, 2019|

Beware the changing nature of disclosure!

Those of us who deal with cases in the Business and Property Courts – which cover many shipping and insurance disputes – have been on our toes since the introduction of the new disclosure pilot scheme on 1 January 2019.  Although the scheme does not presently apply to the Admiralty Court, it is applicable to [...]

April 18th, 2019|

Inter Club Agreement Claims and the meaning of “similar amendment”

Yes another dispute on the wording of the Inter Club Agreement which is of course designed to reduce disputes!   This time the issue involved the meaning of the words “similar amendment” in Clause 8(b) which of course makes charterers 100% liable for cargo claims arising from the handling of cargo unless the words “and responsibility” are added to [...]

April 16th, 2019|