• COVID-19 onboard assessment tool

    These are challenging times for the maritime industry and the society at large. The early detection, prevention and control of COVID-19 cases onboard ships must therefore continue to be a number one priority, to protect the health of crews and passengers and to avoid further transmission of the virus.

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    02 APR 2020

  • Charterparty ‘chain reaction’: The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the ‘Athos I’ case

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    02 APR 2020

    The U.S. Supreme Court on March 30th issued its decision in Citgo Asphalt Refining Co. (‘Carco’), et al. v. Frescati Shipping Co., Ltd. et al. (the ‘Athos I’ case), affirming the Third Circuit Court of Appeals holding that CARCO as sub-charterer was responsible, via the ‘safe berth’ clause in its sub-charter, to the vessel owner to indemnify for all of the costs of a major pollution cleanup.  The case is a cautionary tale of the wording of clauses which may apply to a party that is in the ‘chain’ of charter parties but was not an actual signatory to the contract containing the clause in question.

  • Best Management Practices West Africa

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    02 APR 2020

    The International Group, in partnership with other shipping industry associations, have launched new best management practices to deter piracy and enhance maritime security off the coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea.

  • COVID-19 and force majeure clauses under English law

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    01 APR 2020

    One of the frequent questions coming to Gard Defence Lawyers is whether the COVID-19 pandemic falls within the various charterparty force majeure clauses. We are grateful to Brian Perrott, partner with HFW, and his colleagues for sharing their views.  

     

  • Does your organisation’s culture dictate the engagement of your seafarers?

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    31 MAR 2020

    An organisation’s culture dictates how seafarers engage with their leaders on routine matters and leaders in the organisation have a significant impact on the organisational culture.

  • Slow down for right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada

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    30 MAR 2020

    Canada further strengthens its vessel speed restriction scheme in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to help prevent collisions between endangered North Atlantic right whales and ships during the 2020 whale season.