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Arbitration 13.19 Article A recently published arbitration decision [London Arbitration 13/19] sheds light on how a charterer may, by their conduct, be deemed to have accepted an otherwise invalid NOR. Owners chartered out the vessel on amended Norgrain 89 terms for the carriage of a soya meal and soya bean cargo from Myrtle Grove to Casablanca. The charter contained…Read More »
Given the number of queries being raised over war risks and the position in the Persian Gulf we have produced a Q&A that provides answers to the most frequent questions raised. What are the JWC Limits? What constitutes a high‐risk zone under most Hull War Insurance policies is set by the Joint War Committee (“JWC”). Located in London, the…Read More »
JWC Amendment to Listed Areas Circular to Assureds (no 001 2019) The Joint War Committee (JWC) of the IUA and the LMA have reviewed the summary of Listed Areas and an amendment has been made effective 17 May 2019. The full text of the current JWC Listed Areas Summary as at 17 May 2019 incorporating these changes is…Read More »
Charterers have successfully defended a claim by owners for USD 4,500,000 of hire following Eleni P’s seven month detention at the hands of Somali pirates. The Commercial Court rejected Owners’ Section 69 appeal against the arbitration award but disagreed with some the Tribunal’s reasoning. The Eleni P was taken by pirates in the Arabian Sea in 2009, following transit…Read More »
A valiant attempt to circumvent a deck cargo exclusion clause has recently been heard in the Commercial Court under reference, Aprile SpA and Others v Elin Maritime Ltd (The “Elin”)  EWHC 1001 (Comm) Cargo interests brought a claim against the owners of the vessel following the loss of a deck cargo overboard in heavy seas, alleging: the…Read More »
Effective 1 May 2019 the High Risk Area (HRA) as defined by the Round Table of international shipping organisations (which includes BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping and others) have reduced the HRA to reflect the changing position regarding piracy in the region. The map below shows an approximate view of the new co-ordinates. The new Co-Ordinates are: In…Read More »
By Stephen Mann, London Office At the Charterers’ Club we deal with a lot of small and medium-sized claims under our FDD cover, commonly of the nature of final hire statement balances under time charters, and freight or demurrage claims under voyage charters. Basically - what cash balance is payable by one party to the other at the conclusion of a…Read More »
South Africa: Effective implementation of IMO 2020 0.50% Sulphur Cap and Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR)
South African lawyers, Shepstone & Wylie, have sent us an interesting report dealing with the implementation of the new MARPOL low sulphur regulations in this country. Assureds are requested to contact the Club for any additional information concerning this matter. “The South African Maritime Safety Authority (“SAMSA”) has recently published two Marine Notices, being numbers: 8 of 2019, to advise…Read More »
The MECO Group, Managers of the Charterers P&I Club, has had a busy few months. At the end of last year, we purchased a P&I provider specialising in insuring small craft called Carina from Tindall Riley, the Managers of the Britannia P&I Club. The acquisition of Carina complements our current product range with economies of scale and synergies across…Read More »
In the case Sucden Middle-East v Yagci Denizcilik ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi (The Muammer Yagci)  EWHC 3873 (Comm), the English High Court was asked to rule on whether the seizure of cargo at the place of discharge by certain governmental authorities amounted to “government interferences” within the context of a Force Majeure headed clause contained in the Sugar Charterparty…Read More »
Our correspondents in Kuwait, Messrs. Gulf Agency Company (Kuwait) Ltd, reports that instructions have been issued by local authorities to Agents and Classification societies for obtaining permission for non-Kuwaiti ships to enter Kuwait Territorial waters. Please click below to see the notifications issued by the Ministry of Communications (Marine Transport Department), Kuwait. This comes into effect from 11th April. Please…Read More »
Passage planning – an incident of unseaworthiness or if done badly an example of negligent navigation?
In May 2011, the CMA CGM LIBRA grounded whilst leaving the port of Xiamen, China. Salvage and other General Average expenses totalling US$13 million were incurred. The vessel had been navigated outside a buoyed dredged channel and ran aground on a shoal. The shoal was not marked on the paper Admiralty charts available at the time, but a Notice to…Read More »
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