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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 »
We have received the following update from the port Operators in Beira, Mozambique, regarding the devastating Cyclone Idai. Thanks to our correspondents P&I Associates in Durban for passing on this update. UNQUOTE From Miguel De Jenga in Mozambique, 20 March: QUOTE On the 14th March the Central regional of Mozambique and most particularly the city of Beira were heavily…Read More »
Current conditions on the Lower Mississippi River can best be described as challenging. The seasonal changes in the lower Mississippi River from approx. mile 239 AHP (Baton Rouge) to the Southwest Pass means that the river is running very fast and high due to melting snow and rain in the Midwest. We understand that the River reached the 17-foot Carrollton…Read More »
Common Sense prevails Sonact Group Limited vs Premuda SPA  EWHC 3820 (Comm) A novel challenge pursuant to section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996 was recently heard in the Commercial Court. Owners voyage chartered the vessel "Four Island" to the charterers for carriage of a cargo of fuel oil from Kavkaz to Novhodka. The charterparty provided for English law…Read More »
Our correspondents in China, Messrs. Huatai, have recently issued a Circular providing some recommendations in relation to the precautions against Contacting Fishing Nets in Ningde Waters, China. Please contact our Shanghai office for any enquiries relating to this matter. Click here.Read More »
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