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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|

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 it concerns West Ham’s use [...]

February 20th, 2019|