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: 23/11/2018
We want to bring to the Member's attention an important clarification of an operators duty, following on from the decision in the case of Jennings – v TUI Cruises, in respect of which we posted a legal update on 7th February 2018. That decision was cemented by a recent successful application for summary judgment, in the case of Dr Sucheta Mahapatra – v – TUI UK Ltd.
Date: 15/10/2018
Remote Container Management (RCM) systems that allow for cargo to be monitored remotely have been around for a while
Date: 07/02/2018
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On 22nd January 2018, in the case of JENNINGS - v - TUI UK LIMITED, the Admiralty Court handed down judgment in favour of the Defendant in a decision regarding the point at which “carriage” concludes for the purpose of t
Date: 20/12/2017
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Air pollution from maritime transport is a global environmental concern. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working to reduce the harmful impacts of shipping on the environment, but as highlighted in the attached Legal Update, challenges for compliance and enforcement in regards to Sulphur emissions still remain.
Date: 30/11/2017
The introduction of invasive aquatic species (IAS) associated with global shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. Research suggests that 70-80% of IAS introductions occur through biofouling, and new areas are constantly being invaded.
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
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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...

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