Resolution procedures

Stephen Mann talks about how True North can help shipping clients maximise the recovery of small claims when considering new charter fixtures.


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.

The Shanghai Office

Ashley Xu from the Shanghai office talks about the territories they cover, and also the Truth North brand that offers legal consultancy services to the marine sector.

The Shanghai Office (in Chinese)

Ashley Xu 介绍了上海办公室的服务范围和价值理念,她同时介绍了公司针对各类海商法律纠纷,提供法律咨询、法律意见和仲裁服务的True North品牌。

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.