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IMO 2020: Are We Ready?

We are less than six months away from possibly the biggest regulatory change the shipping industry has seen since the phasing out of single-hull tankers. From 1 January 2020, ships will have to use fuel oil with a sulphur content of no more than 0.50% m/m under regulation 14.1.3 of Annex VI of the MARPOL […]

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Rock Advertising Limited v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited – loose lips…non oral modification clauses   »

Facts Rock Advertising (Rock) entered into a contract to occupy office space operated by MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd (MWB) for a fixed term of 12 months.  The contract contained a no oral modification clause (“NOM”) which said that “All variations to this Licence must be agreed, set out in writing and signed on behalf […]

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Trading to Yemen – Where are we?   »

Recent news in respect of the commercial maritime picture in and around Yemen culminating in the extraordinary reports of a missile attack on the Turkish flagged Ince Inebolu, has been difficult to unravel. Both sides of the proxy war are making claims and counter-claims to suit their respective narratives. An already complex environment is seemingly fraught […]

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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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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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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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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. […]

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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 the […]

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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 […]

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