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Unlawful Detentions off Indonesia?

  The detention of vessels in and around the Singapore Straits by the Indonesian Navy in recent months (following an earlier cluster of cases in 2019) has presented challenges to the shipowners involved.  It raises difficult issues in respect to what constitutes “innocent passage” and the tensions between that fundamental right under the law of […]

Tatham & Co win Law Society’s Small Law Firm of the Year Award   »

Big news for the firm was that we recently won the Law Society Award for Small Firm of the Year 2021. This was mainly for our work around helping owners whose ships were attacked and hijacked during the last year and in previous years building on the success we had with the Chennai 6. The […]

How ultra-large ships pose high salvage challenges   »

A theme of this year’s London International Shipping Week was container ships, coinciding with the first visit to Felixstowe of one of the new class of ultra-large 24,000-TEU vessels. Even much smaller container ships pose a marine claims challenge when a voyage goes wrong. We are not infrequently reminded that Napoli, which was beached in […]

Cargo owners will shoulder Ever Given salvage payments   »

It has been more than two months since salvors unblocked the Suez Canal by refloating 20,000-TEU container ship Ever Given and yet the vessel remains in Egypt awaiting compensation payments and its release. If discussions do not result in a compromise, it is the receivers of cargo on board Ever Given that will continue to bear the brunt of […]


Mv “Ever Smart” in collision with vlcc “Alexandra 1” [2021]

Vessels crossing at the entrance to narrow channels – the COLREGS clarified by the English Supreme Court   In the first of two articles, we examine this important decision on its facts and in the second, the practical lessons to be learned. It is commonplace for collisions to occur because the outbound ship is dropping […]

Mv “Ever Smart” in collision with vlcc “Alexandra 1” [2021] – further commentary   »

Vessels Crossing at the entrance to narrow channels – the COLREGS clarified by the English Supreme Court – Part II   In this second of two articles we consider the likely outcome on apportionment of liability and analyse the practical implications of this decision for mariners and fleet superintendents. We also point out circumstances in which there […]


The Eternal Bliss [2020] – Is demurrage an owner’s exclusive remedy for a charterer exceeding laytime?

In The Eternal Bliss Mr Justice Baker decided it was not, holding that if (as is usual) the charterparty is silent as to what type of losses the demurrage rate compensates, then demurrage should not be interpreted as an exclusive remedy and an owner may seek to recover additional losses on top. The reasoning To […]

ship aground
LOF – claims by dispossessed salvors   »

In February 1977 a vessel in ballast, Unique Mariner, ran aground in Indonesian waters not far from Singapore.  The master was advised by ship’s agents that a tug would be sourced. A professional salvor’s tug turned up from Singapore and the master mistakenly thinking that it was the tug procured by the agents, signed Lloyd’s […]

Crew fatigue
Crew fatigue during a global pandemic and the repercussions on vessels’ seaworthiness   »

Fatigue is commonly described as a state of feeling weary, tired, or lethargic that results from prolonged physical or mental work, extended periods of anxiety, exposure to harsh environments, or loss of sleep. It is different to simple tiredness through missed sleep. With up to 400,000 crew stranded either at sea or at home by […]

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