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.

Date: 20/12/2017
海上輸送に起因する大気汚染は地球規模の環境問題です。 国際海事機関(IMO)は、船舶による環境への有害な影響を軽減するために取り組んできましたが、添付のLegal updateで強調されているように、硫黄の排出に関するコンプライアンスと施行の課題は依然として残っています。
Date: 30/11/2017
世界規模で展開する外航船舶によってもたらされる侵略的水生生物(IAS)は、世界の海洋および沿岸生態系にとって重大な脅威であると認識されています。研究によると、IASの進入の70〜80%は船体等に付着した水生生物によるものであり、絶えず新しいエリアが侵略されていることが示唆されています。詳細は添付Legal Updateをご覧ください。
Date: 20/01/2017
The lengthy judicial proceedings in the French courts arising out of the sinking and massive oil spill from the tanker ERIKA off the coast of Brittany in December 1999, gave rise to numerous questions regarding the interaction between the international oil pollution liability conventions as incorporated into French law and other French legislation which claimants argued should apply. As a result legislation has been passed by France since the ERIKA judgements in an attempt to codify the Erika jurisprudence.
Date: 18/11/2016
The People’s Republic of China ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (“MLC”) on 12 November 2015, which was the 68th State to ratify the Convention. The Convention came into force in China on 12 November 2016, one year after the ratification. 
Date: 19/10/2016
An update on the recent decision of the Full Federal Court of Australia in Ship “Sam Hawk” v Reiter Petroleum Inc [2016] FCAFC 26.
Date: 10/10/2016
Date: 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...
Date: 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.
Date: 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.
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Date: 02/03/2015
The Texas Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment in the Deepwater Horizon case on 13 February 2015.

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