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IMO MARPOL 2020 Sulphur Clauses Published by BIMCO

The upcoming MARPOL Annex VI requirements as of 1 January 2020 are expected to create a number of operational, technical, financial and legal challenges for Owners and Charterers. From 1 January 2020 (the “Effective Date”) vessels not fitted with scrubbers will no longer be able to burn fuel with a sulphur content in excess of [...]

January 28th, 2019|

Preparing for No Deal Brexit

We’ve tried to avoid cluttering up our blog with articles on how Brexit might impact on shipping and commercial litigation simply because nobody knows if, when and, if so, on what terms we might leave the EU. Some time ago we reported that Brexit would probably make no difference to cases being resolved in arbitration [...]

January 25th, 2019|

Issue of Boxship Fires Reignited

The recent fire on the 7,510 TEU vessel “Yantian Express” in the North Atlantic again raises the issue of the adequacy of controls relating to the shipment of dangerous goods in containers. This issue was raised recently in September 2018 at the IMO Sub-Committee on carriage of cargoes in containers. It is not unusual to [...]

January 22nd, 2019|

The perils of buy to scrap

Shipowners are increasingly subject to an array of regulations relating to the operation of vessels. The talk at the moment is of the new low sulphur fuel regulations coming into effect next year. However, the whole issue of scrapping ships has become subject to increased regulation as highlighted here in one of our earlier blogs. Against [...]

January 17th, 2019|

Controversial ruling impacts banks holding bills as security

The Commercial Court in The Sea Master(1) has ruled that an intermediate holder of a bill of lading such as a bank is bound by the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal under the arbitration agreement contained or evidenced by the bill even though it may only hold that bill temporarily and irrespective of whether or [...]

January 9th, 2019|

BDM’s fourth Christmas!

The team celebrating BDM’s fourth Christmas at the end of another long and extremely busy year.  Thanks go to all of our friends and clients for their continued support throughout the year.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality [...]

December 21st, 2018|