QCR Summer 2020: Obligations with regard to security under intermediate LOIs
TRAFIGURA MARITIME LOGISTICS PTE LTD v CLEARLAKE SHIPPING PTE LTD and CLEARLAKE SHIPPING PTE LTD v PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. (“THE MIRACLE HOPE”)  EWHC 995 (Comm)
The above English High Court decision was issued by the Club as a Legal Update on 21.05.20. Please click here to read the decision.
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The Club have received a further update on the current sitaution in Ghana, advising that Ghana Port Health have now suspended mandatory Covid-19 vaccination and associated fines.
Australia – AMSA Focused Inspection Campaign on Planned Maintenance – 15 Jan to 30 Mar 2022
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