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Court of Appeal Upholds Decision on Hague Rules Fire Defence

Ship fires are an issue of grave concern for ship owners, operators and those who insure them. We touched on this subject in one of our recent postings where we looked the recent spate of container ship fires. Ship fires are also a concern for cargo interests and those who insure them and, in this [...]

March 21st, 2019|

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 a charterer continues to press [...]

March 11th, 2019|

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 ship sank in a matter [...]

March 8th, 2019|

Bareboat Operators – watch out for expiring Class Certificates!

The recent decision of Carr J in “The Arctic” (1) serves as a salutary reminder that the obligation on a bareboat charterer to keep the vessel’s class and other certificates current at all times is an absolute obligation and a condition of the charter. In this case the vessel was entered with BV and the [...]

March 1st, 2019|

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 countries who are imposing their [...]

February 27th, 2019|