This page collates legal decisions, cases of interest and comment from our Legal team on matters of interest affecting our Members and Charterers. The items listed below are web based only and hard copies have not been produced. If you would like to discuss any of the topics below, please contact our legal team or the author of the article.

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An update on the recent decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia in Ship “Sam Hawk” v Reiter Petroleum Inc [2016] FCAFC 26.


This briefing is issued to alert Members to the above SOLAS amendment coming into force on 1st July 2016. The amendment requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a...

Chinese law requires owners of ships carrying oil or other hazardous cargo in bulk, or any vessel over 10,000gt, to have made a contract with a qualified clean up company prior to calling at any Chinese port. The requirement has been in force since 1st January 2012. Ministry of Transport published a Notice on 18th March 2015, abolishing the SPRO qualification approval process. The IG has been informed by its legal advisor in Beijing that the abolition of the approval process will take effect following the formal amendment of the regulation, which is currently awaiting the State Council’s approval.

The Chinese Supreme People’s Court recently issued an important direction on the practice and procedure to be adopted by regional courts in ship arrests and judicial sale. The Judicial Interpretation for Ship Arrest and Judicial Sale of 28th February, 2015 (the “Interpretation”) became immediately effective on 1st March.

The Texas Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment in the Deepwater Horizon case on 13 February 2015.

The Club would like to remind Members that to transact business with the Canada Border Services Agency  (CBSA ), carriers require a carrier code, regardless of how often they cross the Canadian border with commercial goods.

In mid December 2014, US President Obama announced changes in the embargo in place against Cuba since 1963. The goals of the changes are to improve human rights conditions and democratic reforms in Cuba as well as fostering improved conditions for the Cuban people. Issues of mutual concern such as migration, counter narcotic, environmental protection and human trafficking will be discussed. 

The final phase-out date for all single-hull tank vessels and all single-hull tank vessels with double sides or double bottoms, 46 USC 3703A, to operate carrying oil in bulk in U.S. waters, including the Exclusive Economic Zone, is 1st January 2015.

Members will be aware from the Club’s legal briefing on stricter air pollution regulations and subsequent updates that from 1stJanuary 2015 vessels trading in designated areas would have to use fuel on-board with a sulphur content of no more than 0.10%.

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