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Stephen Askins listed in latest edition of ‘The Best Lawyers’

Tatham & Co partner Stephen Askins has been listed in the latest edition of ‘The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom’ for his working in shipping.

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The “Renos” – the Supreme Court rules that SCOPIC charges are not to be taken into account in calculating a constructive total loss   »

There were two issues for the Supreme Court to decide in the Renos.[1]  The first was whether, under section 60(2)(ii) of the Marine Insurance Act 1906 (“the Act”), the “cost of repairing the damage” to the vessel in the computation of a constructive total loss (CTL) included expenditure already incurred before the notice of abandonment was […]

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Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous Incidents   »

In light of the FRONT ALTAIR and KOKUKA COURAGEOUS incidents this week it is likely that the remaining handful of international salvors will now up their presence in and resources from the UAE, so as to respond in the event of further attacks. Some may mobilise under responder agreements but where, as in the case […]

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My Song – Reaching for the reputational high notes?   »

One can only imagine the owner’s visceral shock of seeing the My Song wallowing in distress in the Atlantic after going overboard as deck cargo from the yacht-carrying cargo vessel. Yacht transportation allowing safe repositioning of vessels between seasons is big business. Losing such a high profile yacht is a crisis in any ones books and […]


Fujairah Attacks – JWC Amends Listed Area – Act of War or Terrorism?

After an extraordinary meeting and in the light of the growing uncertainty in the region the Joint War Committee has moved quickly to amend the Listed Areas so the waters of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman west of 58 degrees East are now seen as an area of perceived enhanced risk. That amendment […]

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Towing the line on defining salvage   »

When can an unexpected problem that happens part-way through an operation under a towage contract legally be said to have turned it into a salvage operation? In this article Simon Tatham looks at some borderline cases and the guiding principles to have in mind.


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 now?   »

  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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