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Marine Insurance and Late Payment of Claims

Provisions of the Enterprise Bill 2015 propose to reform the law of late payment of insurance claims. The reform may have little effect on marine insurance in general. However, in the case of claims under maritime liability conventions, insurers need to be wary of their obligations to claimants exercising a right of direct action.     […]

Lifting of sanctions against Iran – what does it mean for you?   »

In the language of  the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement reached between the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and US), the European Union (EU) and Iran, was that 16 January 2016 was ‘Implementation Day’. Through the JCPOA, the international community has accepted, for the time being, that Iran’s nuclear programme will be peaceful. […]

Seaman Guard Ohio – Indian decision shocks PMSCs   »

A recent decision of the Tuticorin Court in the Seaman Guard Ohio case in India prohibiting automatic weapons altered so they can fire single shots will be of concern to private maritime security operators taking weapons into Indian waters. Seaman Guard Ohio a floating armoury registered as a “utility” boat in Sierra Leone, anchored off […]

Mitigation – what happens when the claimant makes money?   »

The New Flamenco What constitutes mitigation has never been easy to assess. The primary rule, that a claimant must take all reasonable steps to mitigate the loss he suffers as a result of the defendant’s breach, is well understood. In short, a claimant cannot recover for avoidable loss.   More difficult is the principle governing […]


OW decisions create uncertainty

It is now just over one year since the dramatic collapse of OW Bunker, which has led to considerable hardship for creditor companies and wide-scale legal action. There has been criticism not only of legal judgments handed down in cases arising from the collapse of the company in 2014 and also comparisons between different jurisdictions as […]

Tanker escort tug operations – the legal perspective   »

Increasingly port authorities are insisting on escort tug arrangements for visiting tankers, a trend that has gathered pace in recent years albeit long since the groundings of the Sea Empress and Exxon Valdez highlighted the potential benefit. Around the UK coast compulsory escort arrangements are in force under local harbour regulations and much the same […]


Shipping excluded from Paris COP 21 regulatory framework

The industry led by the International Chamber of Shipping have welcomed the decision of the UN Federal Climate Change Commission to exclude shipping from its regulatory framework. This is not uniformly supported even amongst shipowners but it seems that the IMO will continue to take the lead when it comes to controlling emissions. In the […]

I need a tow – but on what terms?   »

Ships at sea have engine failures, and a tow to a port of refuge to effect repairs is needed. Such failures can occur in waters where towage facilities are readily available, or in much more remote waters where, perhaps, only a professional salvor is prepared to venture. There is usually no immediate physical risk to […]

The importance of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage   »

Contractors, shipowners and insurers engaged in wreck removal operations must consider many factors as they develop their plans. But how many give proper consideration to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (PUCHC), which came into force in 2009? It is something of which those in the industry should be aware, […]

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