Tag Archives: Case Law

Court considers whether Owners were reasonable in withholding their approval of Charterers’ proposed discharge vessels

In Falkonera Shipping Co v Arcadia Energy Pte Ltd (The “Falkonera”), the Court considered issues arising from the Claimant Owners’ withholding of approval to discharge from the chartered VLCC to two other VLCCs by STS transfer. Charter Terms Owners chartered the “FALKONERA”, a VLCC, to the Defendant Charterers on an amended BPVOY4 form. Clause 8.1 … Continue Reading

A term as to satisfactory quality is to be implied into Norwegian Saleform 1993 by way of section 14 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979

In Dalmare SpA v Union Maritime Ltd (The “Union Power”), the court was required to decide whether a term as to satisfactory quality was to be implied into an MOA on the Norwegian Saleform 1993. The MOA provided at clause 11 that the vessel was to be “delivered and taken over as she was at … Continue Reading

Commercial Court holds that in order to recover under an amended off-hire clause, Charterers must show a net loss of time to the service

In Minerva Navigation Inc v Oceana Shipping AG (The “Athena”), the Commercial Court considered the nature of the loss of time which Charterers were required to prove in order to bring the vessel within the off-hire provisions of an amended NYPE 46 charterparty. Clause 15 of the charterparty provided as follows (with amendments from the … Continue Reading

Reed Smith comments on “The Aquafaith”: Early Redelivery under Time Charters

An article by Edward Yang Liu, Legal Assistant at Reed Smith Richards Butler in Hong Kong, commenting on Isabella Shipowner SA v Shangang Shipping Co Ltd (The “Aquafaith”) (2012) EWHC 1077 (Comm) has been published in Shipping and Trade Law. The article considers the issues examined by the court, in particular whether Owners could refuse … Continue Reading

Seizure by Pirates held to be an Off-Hire Event

In Osmium Shipping Corp v Cargill International SA [2012] EWHC 571 (Comm), the Commercial Court considered the grammatical structure and syntax of an off-hire clause in the context of whether seizure of the vessel by pirates constituted an off-hire event. The charterparty was on an amended NYPE 1946 form, and the off-hire clause in question … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal considers issues relating to Oil Major Approvals

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Transpetrol Maritime Services Limited v SJB (Marine Energy) BV (the “Rowan”) [2012] EWCA Civ 198 is interesting in two respects: 1. It considered the meaning of clause 18 of the Vitol terms, which provides under the heading “Oil Company Approvals Clauses” that “Owner warrants that the Vessel is approved … Continue Reading

The “Triton Lark”: CONWARTIME 1993 and the risk of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden

The Commercial Court has considered the true construction and implementation of the CONWARTIME 1993 clause in a time charter on the NYPE form (Pacific Basin IHX Limited v Bulkhandling Handymax AS [2011] EWHC 2862 (Comm)). The “TRITON LARK” was instructed to carry a cargo from Hamburg to China, via Suez and the Gulf of Aden. … Continue Reading
LexBlog