The MECO Group are pleased to announce that our corporate video is available for viewing. Get a cup of coffee and a biscuit and look at the fruits of our labour, Hollywood is unlikely to be calling any time soon but we hope it gives you a flavour of the organisation.

The Shanghai Office

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

The Shanghai Office (Chinese version)

Ashley Xu 介绍了上海办公室的服务领域,价值理念, 并同时介绍了公司为海事纠纷提供法律咨询服务的Truth 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 Turner looks at the case of Classic Maritime versus Limbungan Makmur, where the Charterer was unable to fulfil its shipment obligations when the Fundao dam in Brazil burst on the 5th November 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.

Contested demurrage claims

Stephen Mann discusses the subject of defending Demurrage claims where loading has been delayed due to cargo not arrived or bad weather.

Swell conditions at a berth

Chris Ward of Charterers’ P&I discusses the legal liabilities due to unsafe berth conditions due to swell brought about by weather conditions in the local area.