The Philippines: Supreme Court decides that a seafarer's heirs are entitled to death benefits
The Supreme Court considers the POEA-SEC and rules that a seafarer’s heirs are entitled to death benefits for work related illness even if death occurs after the term of his employment contract.
In the following article, ‘Shame on port states’ in the July 2020 edition of the Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, the author, Dennis L. Bryant of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting, adds his voice to the maritime industry’s pleasfor safe crew changes.
QCR Summer 2020: Singapore High Court clarifies applicable interest rate in LOU after constitution of limitation fund
AS Fortuna Opco BV and another v Sea Consortium Pte Ltd and others  SGHC 72
QCR Summer 2020: Alize 1954 and CMA CGM SA v. Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG & Others (CMA CGM Libra)
Alize 1954 and CMA CGM SA v. Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG & Others (CMA CGM Libra) –  EWCA Civ 293, Court of Appeal (Civil Division), 4 March 2020. Defective passage plan can make a vessel unseaworthy
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)
Is a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) admissible in an unsafe port claim in a London LMAA arbitration?
QCR Summer 2020: HARMONY INNOVATION SHIPPING PTE LTD v CARAVEL SHIPPING INC (THE “UNIVERSAL BREMEN”)
HARMONY INNOVATION SHIPPING PTE LTD v CARAVEL SHIPPING INC (THE “UNIVERSAL BREMEN”) -  1 Lloyd's Rep. 206. Delivery of cargo without bills of lading - Back-to back chain of letters of indemnity on the International Group standard form - Court recognises importance of allowing vessels to continue trading.
Panama Canal – Increase of maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks – from 8 July 2020
An update on the increased maximum authorized draft from 8th July, 2020.
The UK hosted an international maritime virtual summit on 9 July on the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes, attended by 15 countries.
The additional cover is offered at no additional premium.
Under the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), port states must ensure that seafarers on board ships in their territory who are in need of immediate medical care are given access to medical facilities on shore.
Following a number of collisions with fishing vessels, a routeing system was established for southwest Indian waters.
Japan accedes to the Bunker Convention and the Wreck Removal Convention, in force from 1 October 2020
These Conventions will enter into force for Japan on 1st October, 2020.
Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Director at UK P&I, discusses the vital role seafarers are playing during the pandemic, and why wider recognition is deserved.
The Club’s correspondents in Australia, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, advise of an increase in fines for those polluting Australian waters.