The Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (Rotterdam Rules) was adopted in December 2008 by the UN General Assembly. It will significantly increase the liability of shipowners and maritime carriers in respect of the carriage of cargo.
Correspondents advise that since 11 January 2007, substantial improvements have been seen in the management of Chittagong Port. Turnaround times have improved, berthing delays have disappeared, and theft and pilferage considerably reduced.
A brief outline of the major issues of the Thai Act on Marine Salvage, B.E.2550 (2007). The Act, which is influenced by the 1989 International Convention on Salvage, was enacted to set the rights, obligations and liabilities of parties involved in Marine Salvage.