The question of whether environmental claims in Brazil are subject to time bars, and if so, what the prescription periods would be, has finally been put to rest. Loggers had filed an appeal to the Supreme Court (STF), Brazil’s constitutional court, to challenge the judgments of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Brazil’s highest court for non-constitutional issues. The latter had repeatedly ruled that environmental damage could not be barred by the passage of time.
Collision between “CMA CGM FLORIDA” and “CHOU SHAN” - PRC Supreme Court rules that non-spilling ship is liable for pollution damage
On 19 March 2013, MV “CMA CGM Florida” (CCF) collided with MV “Chou Shan” (CS) in the estuary of the Yangtze River, resulting in a serious rupture to the hull of CCF followed by a substantial bunker oil spill into the sea.
A Special General Meeting of The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Europe) Limited will be held on 16th January 2020 in London.
QCR Summer 2019: Distinguishing contracts from torts - Rules of jurisdiction in insurance matters - Can a beneficiary of insurance be sued outside its domicile?
Aspen Underwriting v Credit Europe Bank  EWCA Civ 2590
Legal Update: US - Supreme Court rules that punitive damages are not recoverable by seamen in unseaworthiness claims
A US seaman sued his employer/vessel owner for injuries suffered on board a dredge vessel, alleging various claims which included negligence under the US Jones Act
QCR Spring 2019: Challenge to jurisdiction – Whether made in time - Relief from sanctions - Matters relating to insurance - Civil Procedure Rules, r 11(5)
Griffin Underwriting Ltd. v Varouxakis (Free Goddess)  EWHC 3259 (COMM) (28th November 2018)
QCR Spring 2019: Carriage of goods by sea – Barratry – Chief engineer deliberately setting fire to vessel – Relevance of chief engineer’s state of mind – Whether shipowners entitled to rely on Hague Rules exemptions of “fire”
GLENCORE ENERGY UK LTD v FREEPORT HOLDINGS LTD, “THE LADY M”,  EWCA Civ 388 – 14th March 2019 – COURT OF APPEAL
QCR Spring 2019: Cour de cassation - French courts will now have to refuse jurisdiction with respect to direct actions against P&I Clubs, provided there is an arbitration clause in the Club’s Rules
Voies Navigables de France v SC Navi SARL - Cour de Cassation (1ere ch.civ), 19 December 2018, Decision Number: 17_28_951 - FRANCE
A Special General Meeting of ‘UK(E)’ – The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Europe) Limited – will be held on 17th January 2019 in London.
QCR Autumn 2018: Hague Rules time bar may be inapplicable where there has been a deviatio
DERA COMMERCIAL ESTATE V DERYA INC  EWHC 1673 (Comm)
QCR Autumn 2018: Time bar under Article III rule 6 of the Hague Rules applies to claims for wrongful delivery - Arresting the vessel in a foreign jurisdiction will not stop time running
DEEP SEA MARITIME LTD V MONJASA A/S (THE “ALHANI”)  EWHC 1495 (Comm)
2019 Rulebook order form
For the last two years the Club has not automatically printed hard copies of the Rule Book or the Correspondents book. For the 2019 policy year, the Club will continue to produce just pdf copies of both books which will be available to download from the Club website.
The UK P&I Club, in conjunction with Thomas Miller Specialty Offshore (TMSO), has launched a range of insurance covers for its Members operating in the Offshore arena