On 1 July 2016 the International Maritime Organisation’s amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (“SOLAS”) Convention Chapter VI enter into force. From this date, all packed containers must be accompanied by Verified Gross Weight documentation prepared by shippers (normally in the form of a certificate). There will be regulatory consequences for the shipper
What is your broker up to? Broker found to have authority to enter into a fixture and guarantee
By Christian Ayerst on
Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd v Salgaocar Mining Industries Private Ltd (2015) (Unreported)
After extensive negotiations, London brokers fixed a 10-year charterparty on behalf of their principals, the Charterers. The Charterers were named as a nominee with their performance guaranteed by the Defendant.
Three years into performance, Charterers terminated, alleging that the vessel was unsuitable for…
Court of Appeal Upholds Incorporation of English Jurisdiction Clause from Charterparty into Bill of Lading
By Alexandra Allan & Christian Ayerst on
Caresse Navigation Ltd v Zurich Assurances Maroc & Ors  EWCA Civ 1366
A cargo of coal was carried by the Respondent Owners from Rotterdam to Nador (Morocco). Whilst underway, emergency cooling measures were taken to prevent the cargo combusting which allegedly caused damage to the cargo.
Owners commenced proceedings in the English High Court,…