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Our correspondents in Singapore, SPICA SERVICES, have provided the Club with the following update in relation to the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Western Sulawesi, Indonesia with catastrophic consequences. SPICA will continue monitoring the situation as information becomes available and will update. Background Western Sulawesi was on 28 September 2018 struck by an earthquake soon to be followed…Read More »
2018 International Maritime Arbitration Practical Symposium – from the perspective of the Belt & Road Initiative It order to promote and develop the international arbitration community and strength the communications and contacts between mainland China, HK, London and Singapore, the 2018 arbitration forum was held in Qingdao on 15,16 Sept 2018. About 250 domestic and overseas guests including arbitrators,…Read More »
By Sian Morris, Deputy Claims Manager, London Office London Arbitration 18/18 A recent arbitration award brings welcome news for charterers in relation to the obligation to provide counter security to owners under the Interclub NYPE Agreement 2011 (“ICA 2011”.) Readers may recall that the ICA 2011 incorporated a new provision, which sought to create an entitlement to counter security upon…Read More »
By Marta de Leon, Claims Executive, London The recent Admiralty Court decision on Natwest Markets plc v. Stallion Eight Shipping & Co S.A.  EWHC 2033 (The “ALKYON“) re-affirms the existing legal principles that a claimant in rem, as a matter of English law, can arrest a vessel without a requirement to provide a cross-undertaking in damages. The Facts This…Read More »
We have earlier this month reported on problems with handling scrap cargoes into Thailand as a result of mis-declared cargoes and fraudulent practices. Mis-declared cargo Currently around 3,000 containers have been inspected, and the majority of them have shown to contain mis-declared cargoes that may not be imported into Thailand under the Basel Convention and local law. Import licenses Secondly,…Read More »
Well the first half of 2018 seems to have positively flown by – a busy and eventful period. The world is certainly in an unusually volatile and unpredictable state; Trump meets Kim, US withdraws from JCPOA and reinstates sanctions against Iran, US and China rattle their trade war sabres, the UK indulgences in a post Brexit identity crisis, but with…Read More »
We have been speaking to clients and friends throughout the community about information dissemination; we are getting very positive feedback on the output that people see from us however its becoming clear that the use of e-mail is only one tool for distribution. Twenty years ago, we were printing and posting our newsletters to 1,500 recipients, the same distribution is…Read More »
Liability for damage arising out of swell conditions at the berth A vessel’s ability to perform cargo operations can be affected by ocean swell. At this time of year, the Club often receives reports of vessels calling at ports in the eastern tropical areas of the Pacific where the vessel’s mooring lines have parted at the berth and this has…Read More »
In the case CLEARLAKE SHIPPING PTE LTD v PRIVOCEAN SHIPPING LTD (2018), the English High Court was asked to consider whether a Master’s negligent decision to demand additional strapping in one of the cargo holds, on the grounds of safety, fell within the exception at section 4(2) of US COGSA, namely “Act, neglect or default of the master… in management…Read More »
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 14 June 2018. The Port of Jakarta was deleted effective 14 June 2018, this was the only change. The full text of the current JWC Listed Areas Summary as at 14 June 2018…Read More »
A London arbitration award was recently published covering a number of interesting issues mainly associated with war and piracy and Charterers’ obligation to reimburse Owners in respect of certain costs incurred to trade in dangerous areas. The vessel was chartered on an amended NYPE form. Four different voyages were performed involving certain ports and areas that required payment of additional…Read More »
On 11 May 2018 the English High Court handed down an interesting judgement dealing with the Inter Club Agreement (ICA). Most Assureds using the highly popular New York Produce Exchange Form (NYPE) charter party form will no doubt be familiar with the principles governing the ICA and its success in offering a swift and fair apportionment of liability for cargo…Read More »
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