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PIRACY, WAR AND SECURITY

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 150 countries. […]

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Nigeria’s blacklisting of crude oil tankers   »

This article looks at the recent blacklisting and raises some of the potential legal implications for vessels calling at Nigeria. Background On 15 July 2015 the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) issued a memo to 27 of the main Nigerian oil terminal operators detailing a list of 113 blacklisted vessels citing a directive from Nigeria’s […]

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Shipping issues arising out of the Yemen crisis   »

This article looks at the events in Yemen and considers the potential legal implications for vessels calling at or transiting the area.  Latest news in the conflict The situation in Yemen remains fluid and, with events moving quickly, very little is certain. For the maritime industry attention is focused on the south-western tip of Yemen […]