Issue 181

1. Staying in Nigeria THE supreme court in Nigeria has overruled the country’s trial and appeal courts by agreeing to stay proceedings and lift a vessel arrest order in a dispute over an alleged charter party breach which had already been referred to arbitrators in London, prior to filing of the dispute in the Lagos …Read the full article

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Issue 180

1. Singapore arbitration SHIPPING interests will have a new potential venue for the resolution of disputes when Singapore launches a maritime arbitration centre next week. The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) will provide for the “speedy and reliable” resolution of shipping disputes for charterers and other parties within the region. On November 8, the …Read the full article

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Issue 179

1. IBIA launches ADR schemes THE International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) will unveil new mediation and arbitration dispute resolution services next month at its annual convention in Buenos Aires. Very little of the bunker industry’s dirty linen is washed in public. But Ian Adams, IBIA secretary-general, says, “Those disputes that do arise are usually quite …Read the full article

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Issue 178

1. EU ruling on Dutch registration LAST week the European Court of Justice ruled that the Dutch requirements for registration of vessels in the Netherlands are a violation of European law, especially the right of free establishment. In accordance with European law, non-EU companies must have access to the European market if they are founded …Read the full article

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Issue 177

1. Misfortune risk A RECENT London arbitration, reported by Richards Butler in its monthly shipping newsletter, dealt with a dispute about the level of Suez Canal dues which a charterer was obliged to pay, based on the representation of the vessel by the owner. The vessel, a bulk carrier, was chartered on the NYPE form …Read the full article

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Issue 176

1. Don’t give up the day job IT’S not often that an insurance seminar raises a laugh. But the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) Forum managed it last week. At the two-day event, held at London’s Dorchester Hotel, a mock mediation was conducted around a professional negligence dispute. The mediation was chaired by Peregrine Massey, …Read the full article

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Issue 175

1. Surveying paying off SURVEYORS can save you money. In the latest edition of its ‘Signals’ newsletter, the North of England P&I Club quotes two recent cases where it appointed judicial surveyors in connection with grain shipments involving North African countries. The club says the appointment of the surveyors, at an average cost of about …Read the full article

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Issue 174

1. New Venezuelan maritime courts WE are indebted to John Richard Prados for news that the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) has finally reached a decision to set up the Venezuelan First Maritime High Court, as well as the First Maritime Court, both based in Caracas and both having lawful nation-wide jurisdiction. The Venezuelan …Read the full article

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Issue 173

1. Who can conduct a case? DESPITE mutterings from your editor and others about the lack of published awards, London is still one of the world’s leading arbitration centres. One of the attractions of English arbitration law is that foreign lawyers are entitled to conduct arbitrations taking place in England, and to instruct English barristers …Read the full article

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Issue 172

1. OCIMF launches barge inspection programme 2. Recording angel 3. Gold standard 4. Flipped 1. OCIMF launches barge inspection programme THE Oil Companies International Maritime Forum has announced that its ship inspection and reporting programme (SIRE) is to be extended to cover barge inspections from October this year. The new system will cover all vessels …Read the full article

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Issue 171

1. Conference precedent A RECENT ruling from the Court of Appeal in England has confirmed that liner conferences are not necessarily responsible for the unwise decisions of competitors. The judgement sets a significant precedent for future competition cases, say Davies Arnold Davies, which successfully defended Borchard Lines and other members of a liner conference against …Read the full article

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Issue 170

1. Water for oil IT has been held on appeal by the courts in England that a judge at first instance erred when deciding demurrage liability in a dispute involving responsibility for substitution of water for oil during a ship-to-ship cargo transfer. The sale contract covering the oil cargo specified a water/sediment content of no …Read the full article

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The Third Man

The Third Man Open conference, closed list “FANTASTIC, better than I could imagine.” “A positive, constructive and unanimous conference.” “A better text than the draft.” “The UK and the US very positive and hope to sign up soon.” What could all this refer to? Think of the least likely occasion for such comments. You’ve got …Read the full article

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