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Letters of Indemnity – Best Practice

There are a surprising number of pitfalls to avoid when asked to discharge cargo without receiving an original bill of lading. Many clients think that the panacea is the Letter of Indemnity (LOI). Indeed, many contracts require clients to accept an LOI in place of an original bill.  The LOI effectively stands in place of [...]

June 21st, 2019|

What to do with the detritus in the aftermath of a casualty?

Like many other lawyers, we have been busy recently dealing with the legal problems arising from a number of ship fires.  Aside from the obvious problems of putting the fire out and getting the ship to a port of refuge, it is quite common to encounter difficulties when it comes to disposing of burned out [...]

June 7th, 2019|

BDM team grows again.

BDM would like to congratulate Clio on her qualification as a solicitor. Clio is our second home grown solicitor having joined us as a trainee in 2017. We look forward to continuing to work alongside her to grow the BDM business. BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality legal advice and [...]

May 28th, 2019|

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|