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The “B Atlantic” Supreme Court Decision – Attempted smuggling is not a “malicious act”

On 22 May 2018, the Supreme Court published its judgment in the case of the “B Atlantic”.[1] The decision will be of particular interest to owners and operators whose vessels trade to areas where the risk of judicial detention is higher than normal. It highlights the risk that traditional war risks insurance may not respond […]

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Seaman Guard Ohio – @TheChennai6. Was Sri Lanka’s own floating armoury scandal to blame?   »

On November 28th 2017, over four years after their original arrest, the crew and men from the Seaman Guard Ohio were released having been acquitted of all charges by the Indian High Court in Medurai. They were driven from Chennai Central prison having won, not only what one of the men’s sisters described as their “battle […]

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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 […]

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Shipbuilding – advice on contract for world’s largest cruise ferry   »

James Hickland has advised Irish Continental Group Plc (“ICG”) on negotiation and drafting of a shipbuilding contract for construction of a cruise ferry which when delivered will be the largest in the world in terms of vehicle capacity. ICG announced on 2 January 2018 that it had entered into a contract with Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft MbH […]

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Caution is needed when agreeing provisions that amend the knock-for-knock position

There is one good reason why there are many more solicitors dealing with marine claims than in the offshore and energy sectors. In traditional shipping, the parties are frequently in dog-fights over damage to cargo, demurrage, unpaid or disputed hire, general average and, of course, the occasional unexpected bump, towage or salvage. Conversely, offshore and […]

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Stephen Askins – Lawyer of the Week   »

Partner, Stephen Askins, is The Times’ Lawyer of the Week following his work in helping to free the Chennai 6.   Stephen Askins acted pro bono for six British former soldiers — the “Chennai Six” — who had been guards on a US anti-piracy ship off the Indian coast. They won an appeal against their convictions […]

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Seaman Guard Ohio – Captain’s case reaches Supreme Court

The captain’s plight has reached the Supreme Court as his application to be given treatment in a private hospital or be repatriated is considered. This is in the context of extending the constitutional right to life. It is hoped that this will have a knock on effect on the crew’s appeal currently being “reheard” after […]

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Trading to Yemen?   »

Does UNVIM’s order for ship’s to leave Hodeidah and Saleef make those ports unsafe or dangerous?  In an embarrassing U-turn (which surely undermines their credibility as an autonomous body) the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen team (UNVIM) admitted on 7th November that the security directive issued the day before was actually an […]

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British Tugowners Association Safety Seminar   »

Simon Tatham addressed the British Tugowners Association Safety Seminar in Edinburgh on 9 November 2017. He addressed issues on tug capsize cases in the light of recent reports MAIB accident reports.   BTA Photography winner (2014) – Rough Weather Svitzer Trimley in rough weather on the River Humber Sam Willis, Svitzer  

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