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Deliberately started fires and the Hague-Visby Rules: Glencore Energy UK Ltd, Glencore Ltd v Freeport Holdings Ltd, The ‘Lady M’

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the fire exception in the Hague-Visby rules applies even in circumstances where the fire was deliberately started by a crew member.

Passage planning – an incident of unseaworthiness or if done badly an example of negligent navigation?

Myton Law recently acted for cargo owner and their insurers in an arbitration in which this was an issue. At the time there was no precedent.

English law and implied terms – when does the court step in and imply terms into a contract?

As  might be apparent, implied terms are terms that have not been expressly agreed by the parties, the latter being stated in the contract.

No common law rule against set-off in freight forwarding contracts

In the recent case Globalink Transportation and Logistics Worldwide LLP v DHL Project & Chartering Limited [2019] EWHC 255 (Comm) the Commercial Court has further defined the limits of the common-law rule against set-off from freight.

Department for Transport Launches new Maritime Strategy: “Maritime 2050 – Navigating the Future”

The Department for Transport has published its long term strategy for the maritime sector - “Maritime 2050 – Navigating the Future”. As well as setting ambitious targets for the future of the sector, the strategy provides a useful “where we are” analysis, by reference to key facts and figures, of the UK Maritime Sector today.

Another Case on Litigation Privilege

The court of appeal has handed down an important judgement confirming that litigation privilege does not extend to internal commercial settlement discussions.

Pin it to the Mast Part 2 – THE APPEAL –NatWest Markets plc v Stallion Eight Shipping Co. SA [2018] (The “ALKYON”)

For those only interested in the outcome and practical implications we have set out the key conclusions of the case in an executive summary. But in an attempt to do justice to the judgement this is followed by an outline of some of the key points considered in the judgement.

Volcafe Ltd and others (Appellants) v Compania Sud Americana De Vapores SA (Respondent) – Pass the bomb for litigators

The long awaited judgement from the Supreme Court in the Volcafe proceedings has been released.

A short article probably can’t do justice to a judgement crafted by five legal minds holding the highest office in the Kingdom in a case presented by four barristers and two prominent shipping firms. So in addition to the below we also put together an infographic!

NatWest Markets plc v Stallion Eight Shipping Co. SA [2018] EWHC 2033 (Admlty)

Every shipping lawyer loves an arrest. It’s bold, usually fast-paced and what’s more, it actually involves a boat! Arresting a vessel is about as racy as shipping law gets.

Evergreen Marine (UK) Limited v Nautical Challenge Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2173

This was an appeal from a judgement of Teare J in the Admiralty Court relating to a collision between the “EVER SMART” and the “ALEXANDRA 1”. The “EVER SMART” was heading outbound from Jebel Ali Port along a narrow dredged channel. Towards the end of the Channel, where the channel opens out into a pilot boarding area, she collided with the “ALEXANDRA 1”, which had approached the “EVER SMART” from a broadly (emphasis added) North West direction and was awaiting a pilot with a view to entering the narrow channel.

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