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Borrowed Weapons – Is a Register the answer? The “Giles Noakes Legacy”

The April 2017 edition of “The Bridge” printed an article I wrote in January which questioned the BIMCO amended guidance on Clause 10 of GUARDCON issued in November 2016 relating to “rented” and “borrowed” weapons. The article therefore did not reflect the further changes BIMCO made in February 2017 and in the week before his […]

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Qatar – Legal Implications for Shipping   »

A war of words exploded on 5th June 2017 as Saudi Arabia and three of its biggest allies (UAE, Egypt and Bahrain) severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. Riyadh accused Qatar of backing radical Islamist groups and since then Libya, Yemen and the Maldives have also joined in the boycott. With President Trump backing Saudi Arabia, […]

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Ransomware and Cyberterrorism – Is it legal to pay to unlock your computer?   »

The IT world is reeling from what is described as an unprecedented cyber-attack which has manifested itself in the form of a denial of access “ransomware” locking computers and threatening to delete data if the demand for a payment of US$300 in bitcoins is not paid. It is said to have affected 200,000 computers in […]

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Piracy in the Sulu Sea – The “new Somalia” or a limited threat?   »

The National Counterterrorism Centre describes the Abu Sayyaf Group (“ASG”) as “the most violent of the Islamic separatist groups operating in the Southern Philippines” and it has as one of its aims the promotion of an independent Islamic State in western Mindanao. It is on the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s proscribed list. It is […]

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Would the B Atlantic have been determined differently if it was under the Nordic Plan?

Following the recent decision in London in the B Atlantic, this article considers whether the assured would have had their claim for a CTL paid had the B Atlantic been insured under the Nordic Plan.   What the English Courts decided under the Institute War Risk Clauses For the purposes of determining liability in the B […]

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Debate resolved: One late hire payment isn’t enough (in itself), but where does this leave owners faced with late payments?   »

Any uncertainty about whether an owner can automatically terminate a charterparty and claim damages for a single late payment of hire has been resolved by the decision of the Court of Appeal in Grand China Logistics Holding (Group) Ltd v Spar Shipping AS [2016] EWCA Civ 982 (7 October 2016). [click on case name for […]

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UK Flagged Vessels exposed to greater risk in Indian Ocean?

There is a possibility that the UK government may have inadvertently exposed UK flagged vessels to a greater risk of hijacking and to have also undermined the deterrent effect of the widespread arming of ships in the Indian Ocean.   The deployment of armed guards on UK flagged vessels is only allowed in “exceptional circumstances […]

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UK Supreme Court overturns ruling on “fraudulent device”   »

A vessel is incapacitated by an ingress of water which floods the engine by way of a faulty sea-water inlet valve in the bow thruster space. It is unsurprising that sceptical underwriters mount an investigation. The witnesses are proffered for interview and a theory developed to explain the steps required for the water to reach […]

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US Court denies maritime lien to fuel supplier following OW Bunker collapse   »

While developments in cases involving OW Bunker and its suppliers continue to be presented, Valero is the first ruling issued by a US court deciding against the maritime lien issue in the OW Bunker context. This article was published by the International Law Office and Lexology, authored by Antonio J Rodriguez, Michael Harowski and Ashley […]

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