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Trans-Tec International SRL, World Fuel Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd v the“Columbus” and the “Vasco da Gama” [2020] EWHC 3443 (Admlty)

Reed Smith (Charles Weller and Nick Wright) recently acted for the successful claimants (“WFS”) in two in rem claims against cruise ships “Columbus” and “Vasco da Gama”.  The claims derived from WFS providing multiple bunker stems to the cruise ships, for which WFS remained unpaid. The decision of the Admiralty court provides useful guidance on … Continue Reading

Passage Planning and Unseaworthiness – The Court of Appeal decision – CMA CGM LIBRA

The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Admiralty Judge in ‘The CMA CGM LIBRA’ in that a defective Passage Plan can render a vessel unseaworthy notwithstanding that the defect stemmed from navigational decisions. Any such error is attributable to the carrier or owner and constitutes a failure by the carrier or owner to … Continue Reading

Recoverability of Operating Expenses under Rule F of the York-Antwerp Rules 1974

On 25 October 2017, the English Supreme Court handed down judgment in Mitsui & Co Ltd and Others v Beteiligungsgesellschaft LPG Tankerflotte MBH & Co KG and Another (The “Longchamp”). The case provided the Supreme Court a rare opportunity to consider and interpret the York Antwerp Rules 1974 (in particular Rule F), which are more … Continue Reading

Project MARTHA, crew fatigue and the implications for a vessel’s “seaworthiness”

In January of this year the findings of “Project MARTHA”, a three year study into the causes and effects of crew fatigue, were released – along with proposals as to how best to mitigate against the risks posed by crew fatigue. The study was conducted by a number of eminent academic institutions with extensive input … Continue Reading

Right to enforce an “in rem” claim is not lost where the claim is issued after the court has ordered the sale of the vessel

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd v Sanko Mineral (The MV Sanko Mineral) [2014]EWHC 3927 (Admlty) Cargo Interests began proceedings in the U.S. against the Defendant former owner of the M/V SANKO MINERAL for breach of a contract of carriage. The bill of lading under which the claim was brought incorporated the terms of a charterparty … Continue Reading
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