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EU takes action over violations of the UN’s Arms Embargo on Libya

On Monday, 21 September, the EU designated three companies involved in the transportation of goods for violating the UN arms embargo in place for Libya: Sigma Airlines, Avrasya Shipping and Med Wave Shipping. The three entities, who are alleged to have transported military material to Libya, are now subject to an asset freeze under the … Continue Reading

Upcoming public hearing scheduled for late August – California proposes revisions to regulation of air emissions from “Ships at Berth.”

The California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) has again proposed revisions to the State’s existing “Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth Regulation” of air emissions from ships docked in California. As revised, further reductions in air emissions will be required, but some of the earlier implementation dates have been extended. Most substantive changes were made in response to feedback … Continue Reading

Hydrogen fuel cell demonstrations in rail and marine applications at ports – California Energy Commission workshop

Companies reliant upon the use of rail services and commercial harbor craft at California’s ports should be interested in the State’s: Increasing focus on utilizing zero emission technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from port-related operations; and Provision of $6.6 million in available grants to “fund the design, integration, and demonstration of hydrogen fuel cell systems … Continue Reading

Notice requirements to prevent the time bar under the Inter Club Agreement

Recently, Lloyd’s Maritime Law Newsletter reported on a recent arbitration award in which Reed Smith acted, regarding the requirements for notice under the 1996 Inter-Club Agreement (ICA), as amended in 2011. The decision concerned a notice that, on the face of it, bore no resemblance to a usual ICA notice as it: a) was given … Continue Reading

‘Shipper’ proves it was not the shipper and avoids claim for cargo explosion: MVV Environment Devonport Ltd v. NTO Shipping GmbH & Co. KG MS Nortrader [2020] EWHC 1371 (Comm), “MV NORTRADER”

Summary The claimant was named as shipper on a bill of lading for a consignment of cargo on the MV Nortrader, despite not being a party to the contract of carriage. The defendant, the owner of the vessel, suffered losses after a cargo explosion occurred on board the vessel shortly after the cargo had been … Continue Reading

Part 2 – Take care before crossing the Rubicon

In an alert last year, we looked at payment obligations under English law and how payment instruments commonly referred to as ‘guarantees’ may be misleading. This is despite their being crucial components to security in a commercial context. The recent decision of the English Commercial court, Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd. v. Reignwood International Investment (Group) Company [2020] EWHC … Continue Reading
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