Ken Norman

I am sorry to report that Ken Norman died peacefully in his sleep on 17th April 2019.   Ken had joined us in 2001 upon his retirement from the West of England where he had spent his entire working life; starting in the post room and ending as a senior manager....


The grounding of the CMA CGM Libra container vessel and the Admiralty court’s ruling based around the unseaworthiness defence to the General Average claim.

The Pacific Voyager

An important judgement is handed down by the Court of Appeal in the case of the Pacific Voyager, and why this case is of particular interest to Charterers.

Four Island tanker case

Chris Ward discusses the latest ruling by the English High Court regarding the Four Island tanker arbitration. He believes that common sense has finally prevailed.

Sanctions and Venezuela

In late January 2019 the US Government strengthened sanctions against Venezuela; this followed disputed elections in the country where the opposition party was thought to have won a majority, but the incumbent party did not relinquish power. The following outlines the...

Issues with LOIs

Carlos Vasquez talks about LOIs, whether they are enforceable in the courts, and how an assured can best protect themselves as they are not covered by your insurance.

Interclub Agreements

Chris Ward talks about a recent arbitration which the Charters’ Club successfully defended, whereby the parties contended whether an Interclub Agreement had been incorporated into a charter.

Interpreting Shipping Contracts

Stephen Mann explains the 4 step process that is needed when wording a shipping contract, including assembling the material, identifying conflicting clauses, and what is actually meant from the contract wording.

Environmental & Force Majeure

Ed looks at the case of Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur, where the Charterer was unable to fulfill its shipment obligations when the Fundao dam in Brazil burst in 2015.

How to avoid time bar pitfalls

Ed Turner discusses the high court’s interpretation of a clause in a charter party requiring the parties to have commenced procedures within a certain time period.

The interplay of wording

Ed Turner reviews an important judgment by the court of appeal regarding the interplay of wording between a Letter of Indemnity and a charter party clause.