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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13/04/2016
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...

01/05/2015
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.

10/03/2015
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.

02/03/2015
The Texas Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment in the Deepwater Horizon case on 13 February 2015.

12/02/2015
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.

30/01/2015
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. 

19/12/2014
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.

19/01/2015
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%.

20/11/2014
On 1st November 2014, Italy officially ended the sea rescue mission “Mare Nostrum” which launched almost a year ago, following the fatal drowning of more than 360 African immigrants off the Island of Lampedusa on 3rd October 2013.

12/11/2014
OW Bunker A/S the global marine fuel company filed for bankruptcy on the 7th November 2014 and reported two senior employees for fraud. The company had operations in 29 countries, and as one of the world’s largest independent bunker logistic companies had an estimated global market share of 7%. The rapid collapse of the company, seemingly overnight has lead to issues for some of our Members and charterers, with respect of who to pay and threat of arrest. The UK Defence Club have compiled FAQ relating to OW Bunkers to assist Members.

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