QCR Autumn 2020: The Chairman, Board of Trustees, Cochin Port Trust v M/S Arebee Star Maritime Agencies Pvt. Ltd. & Ors.
The Supreme Court of India decides that ports have to look to consignees and their agents - not shipowners and their agents - for storage and demurrage charges incurred in respect of uncollected/ abandoned cargo.
QCR Autumn 2020: Heirs of the late Manolo N. Licuanan v Singa Ship Management Inc. (G.R. Nos. 238261 and 238567)
The Philippines’ Supreme Court decides that a seafarer's heirs are entitled to death benefits.
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)
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
QCR Summer 2020: Alianca Navegacao e Logistica Ltda v Ameropa SA (The Santa Isabella)  EWHC 3152 (Comm)
The English Commercial Court has ruled in favour of the defendant charterers in a demurrage dispute that examined the choice of route and care for cargo.
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.
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
Is a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) admissible in an unsafe port claim in a London LMAA arbitration?
Whether master presented by Shipper’s with clean BL to sign was provided with warranty that cargo shipped in good order and condition – Consideration of Article III rules 3 and 5 of the Hague Rules.
When is a peril a piracy? Was there an attack on the vessel? Were there persons acting maliciously? Was there an act of vandalism? What there a “sabotage” of the vessel?
Failure to pass title in goods - Allocation of risks - Defence of common mistake – Status of a warehouse receipt – Bailment of goods – Limitation provisions in warehouse’s terms and conditions - Estoppel
QCR Autumn 2019: Obligations of a vessel crossing traffic lanes in a Traffic Separation Scheme under COLREGS and the proper use of VHF radio communications between passing vessels
The “Mount Apo” and the “Hanjin Ras Laffan”  SGHC 57
QCR Autumn 2019: Classic Maritime Inc v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD & Anor  EWCA Civ 1102
On 5 November 2015, the Fundao dam in Brazil where iron ore is mined, burst, halting production at the mine. Charterers had a long term COA with Owners for shipments of iron ore pellets from two ports in Brazil to two ports in Malaysia. Between July 2015 and June 2016, Charterers failed to provide cargoes under the COA for seven shipments. While Charterers had no defence in respect of the 1st and 2ndshipments, they cited “accidents at the mine” in clause 32 of the COA to excuse themselves from liability in respect of the 3rd to 7th shipments.
The claimant (Mrs McKeever) owned and lived on Creola (a 15m sailing yacht). On 19 March 2014, the yacht ran aground in the Sulu Sea. The hull had not been breached but as the yacht could not be refloated, the claimant abandoned her, having secured and padlocked the hatches.