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Stephen Askins – Lawyer of the Week

Partner, Stephen Askins, is The Times’ Lawyer of the Week following his work in helping to free the Chennai 6.   Stephen Askins acted pro bono for six British former soldiers — the “Chennai Six” — who had been guards on a US anti-piracy ship off the Indian coast. They won an appeal against their convictions […]

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Prison hands
Seaman Guard Ohio – Captain’s case reaches Supreme Court   »

The captain’s plight has reached the Supreme Court as his application to be given treatment in a private hospital or be repatriated is considered. This is in the context of extending the constitutional right to life. It is hoped that this will have a knock on effect on the crew’s appeal currently being “reheard” after […]

A worker walk on debris following an air strike on Yemen's Hodeida port August 18, 2015. 
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Trading to Yemen?   »

Does UNVIM’s order for ship’s to leave Hodeidah and Saleef make those ports unsafe or dangerous?  In an embarrassing U-turn (which surely undermines their credibility as an autonomous body) the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen team (UNVIM) admitted on 7th November that the security directive issued the day before was actually an […]

BTA Photography winner (2014) - Rough Weather Svitzer Trimley in rough weather on the  River Humber Sam Willis, Svitzer
British Tugowners Association Safety Seminar   »

Simon Tatham addressed the British Tugowners Association Safety Seminar in Edinburgh on 9 November 2017. He addressed issues on tug capsize cases in the light of recent reports MAIB accident reports.   BTA Photography winner (2014) – Rough Weather Svitzer Trimley in rough weather on the River Humber Sam Willis, Svitzer  

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Tug losses – Communication vital to offset risk

This article argues that over-reliance on the ability of a tug and its crew to be able to prevent the vessel from capsizing is common to many incidents. I have not been on board a girting tug, nor want to be. I do know that when a yacht broaches in high winds or a dinghy gybes […]

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Ransoms revisited   »

US Executive Order signals change of approach to payments to terrorists, in contrast to UK’s Counter Terrorism and Security Act. On 24th June 2015 President Obama issued an Executive Order which set out the conclusions to the recent US review on dealing with hostages. Like the UK, the US had a strict policy against even […]

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North Korea and the US – War Cancellation Clauses

Most if not all charterparty “War Cancellation Clauses” will include the USA, Russia and China in their lists of potential protagonists. For owners and charterers trading in the Far East those clauses may also include Taiwan, North and South Korea and Japan. The prospect of armed conflict is not unusual but often countries are acting […]

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Nigerian Piracy
Trading to Nigeria – Countering the threat of Piracy – Workshop   »

Partner  Stephen Askins  along with Steve Harwood at EOS Risk Group will be hosting an interactive workshop at the Marine Club in Piraeus on 21 September 2017. Click the link for more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nigerian-piracy-workshop-tickets-37483254423  

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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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