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Bunker Roundup|Part III: LNG: A cleaner way forward

The IMO has aimed high to reduce CO2 emissions intensity (against the 2008 baseline) by at least 40% by 2030 and 70% by 2050, and to halve international shipping greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Whereas the industry is on the lookout for the next zero or low emission alternative, LNG stands out as the […]

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Bunker Roundup|Part II: Are scrubbers a lost cause?   »

It has been reported that only about 150 vessels entered repair yards for scrubber retrofits during April and May 2020[1]. It has been estimated that 700 scrubbers might potentially be cancelled or postponed[2]. Scrubbers have been recognised as a relevant compliance solution for the 2020 sulphur limit. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the oil […]

Off-specification VLSFO
Bunker Roundup |Part I: Off-specification VLSFO: Blame it on the COVID-19?   »

Amid the COVID-19 chaos, the oil industry witnessed a historical event when the price of US oil collapsed into negative territory for the first time ever[1]. In the first half of 2020, global and regional lockdowns and restrictions in response to the pandemic dried up the demand for oil to almost vanishing point. Steep oil […]

Shipping Commercial
Trapped Seafarers: The Legal and Practical Implications – Can We See Fairer Waters Ahead?   »

The spread of Covid-19 has seen the imposition of lockdowns across the globe. As has been widely reported, these restrictions on travel have left hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck at sea, in some cases well past the expiry of their original contracts. Undertaking the now much needed crew changes poses a significant logistical challenge […]


Impact of COVID-19 on Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction Contracts: Is a Pandemic the Same as an Epidemic? Does a ‘Supervening Illegality’ Trump a Force Majeure Clause?

In the wake of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) worldwide outbreak, the socio-economic activities in many countries have been impeded on an unprecedented scale. The shipbuilding / offshore construction industry alone has been exposed to significant difficulties, such as compulsory lockdowns, mandatory quarantines, shortage of labour, shortage of supplies and materials, and many governmental restrictions and policies […]

Naval Architect
Role of an Owners’ Superintendent or Naval Architect – Walking the Line   »

There are two main areas of particular peril for an inhouse ship’s superintendent or naval architect when involved with a new shipbuilding project. The first is the design responsibility, and the second is the responsibilities surrounding the inspection regime. 1) Design responsibilities When the design of a vessel is defective, the consequences can be severe. […]


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 […]

Lady M
The “Lady M” – The good old fire exception under the HVR   »

Image source: Balticshipping   Introduction The Lady M suffered a fire which the parties agreed was deliberately caused by the chief engineer.  The reasons given were either his extreme emotional stress or some undiagnosed personality disorder.  The question was whether or not Owners were able to enforce a claim for general average (“GA”) against cargo […]

No Oral Modification
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 stated that “All variations to this Licence must be agreed, set out in writing and signed on behalf of […]

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