Benefits of ITOPF
Many of us in the shipping industry have experienced incidents, dramas or shenanigans over the years that are often hard to remember as time passes.
The ICA, or to give it its full name The Inter-Club New York Produce Exchange Agreement, is an IG approved clause for the apportionment of cargo claims. It aims to provide a mechanism by which claims can be quickly apportioned between owners and charterers without the need for costly or extensive litigation. It also contains provisions for security and time bars for notification of claims.
The P&IQ. an absolute saviour! The material is filled with all the information needed to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable Claims Handler.
Sailors' Society 200th Anniversary Reception
On Wednesday 6th June 2018 I attended an anniversary reception held at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. The invite came from Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth, and was for a special reception to mark 200 years of the Sailors' Society.
A lot is being said about the implications of blockchain technology on the shipping supply chain and the prophesised benefits it will eventually bring to the industry, such as cost and time savings.
Ever heard the phrase "as superstitious as a sailor"? Me either, as it doesn't exist. HOWEVER, sailors are a superstitious bunch and this week we bring you some of their most interesting apprehensions.
Wellness at Sea
Mental health is an ongoing issue in all walks of life, but in our business we are additionally exposed through the claims we see.
Shipping in an Eco World.
You cannot escape the "Eco trend" that's taking over. It is no longer an option to be naïve about the impact you are having on the planet, whether that be on a personal or business level.
In October 2017, the Supreme Court issued its judgment in Taurus Petroleum v SOMO  UKSC 64. The judgment laid down important principles for enforcement of international arbitration awards, especially in regards to Letters of Credit.
Brexit and the LMAA
I was lucky enough recently to attend the LMAA dinner held in the lovely Drapers' Hall. The prevalent theme was whether Brexit would have an impact on London Maritime Arbitration and whether London would retain its crown as a key centre for global maritime dispute resolution.
Thomas Miller has again hosted its annual Trends in Maritime Claims event in conjunction with the Young Maritime Professionals (YMP).
Nutrition and Hydration Week.
This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week. Nutrition and Hydration week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.
The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgement in the Aqasia, upholding the decision at first instance - to the collective groan of bulker and tanker owners everywhere.
The issue of abandoned cargo is exactly what it says on the tin, cargo that has been abandoned - most commonly (but not exclusively) at the port of discharge.
Is it time for everyone to admit that global warming is upon us? If so, "Act of God" or Foreseeable risk? The more frequent occurrences of natural disasters have certainly led to safety concerns by many ship owners.
When Dylan sang ".you're gonna have to serve somebody." he was right; however, the recent decisions in The Amity and Sino Channel Asia v Dana Shipping & Trading show, you do need to beware of some potential pitfalls.
What is Dry January?
Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January.
Know your limits!
In 2005, Hong Kong finally adopted the 1996 Protocol's limitation levels, which came into play locally on 3 May 2015. Since then, the negotiations have continued between participating member states on amendments to the limitation levels.
Almost 20 years since the role was introduced, we are about to welcome the third SOSREP - Les Chapman. So what does the SOSREP actually do and how effective has the role been?