From the Co-Chairs
Maritime and Transport Law Committee Co-Chairs Erik Linnarsson and Elinor Dautlich introduce October’s e-bulletin, and outline the Committee’s activities to take place at the Annual Conference in Rome.
The use of LNG as fuel under (time) charterparties
LNG is increasingly being used as fuel for ships, and this is likely to increase in the coming years. Under time charterparties, it is the charterer's responsibility to provide and pay for fuel. This article looks at issues arising under time charterparties for LNG powered vessels.
STS LNG in Brazilian jurisdictional waters: liability rules
This article analyses the possibility of the performance of STS LNG operations in Brazilian jurisdictional waters as an alternative to small regasification operations, with a focus on the general aspects of the liability regime applicable in case of environmental damage.
Restrictions regarding the transit of Liquefied Natural Gas through the Panama Canal
From October 2018, new rules will apply to LNG-carrying vessels that wish to use the Panama Canal. This article looks at how these changes will provide additional slots and flexibility for such vessels.
Bills of lading for LNG cargo – cargo quantities
This article looks at issues that have arisen with customs authorities as a result of the quantity of LNG cargo decreasing because of evaporation between the time of loading and the time of discharge.
The fallout from the OW Bunker Group collapse: Part II – the de-rivative law suits
In a recent decision, the Danish Western High Court decided law suits related to bankruptcy and the OWB Estate could not rely on section 242 of the Danish Administration of Justice Act for jurisdiction.
Special Economic Zones finally established by Italy
Italy recently created ‘free-trade zones’ within its harbour areas. The Special Economic Zones are designed to attract investors to the harbours of southern Italy and the logistic areas behind them and offer relevant benefits to investors.
OW Bunker round two: decisions from the United States Courts of Appeals
This article collects and summarises the recent decisions from the various Courts of Appeals of the United States concerning the potential for obtaining a maritime lien against a vessel supplied by affiliates of the OW Bunker group of companies and their subcontractors.
The rise of a new era in Swiss Recourse Law
By its decision of 7 May 2018 the Swiss Federal Court abandons its 64-year-old case law restricting the insurer’s possibilities to take recourse. The new case law confirms the insurers right to take recourse against third-parties liable for a damage based on any form of unlawful acts.
Pilotage services in Brazil
Pilotage services in Brazil are the most expensive in the world, representing a very heavy cost for shipping companies operating in the country. Regulation is essential – or it is essential for the pilotage market to be open to competition.
Shipwreck: what nobody wants
This article highlights the ambiguity in Nigerian marine insurance and admiralty laws on liability for wreck removal, in the light of judicial decisions from other jurisdictions, to proffer realistic solutions to maritime stakeholders in Nigeria.