Practical issues in the pursuit and defence of cargo claims

Pamela Dunning, Associate at Birketts LLP, has written on the UK Club web site on the new rules on disclosure recently introduced in the English Commercial Court. Practice Direction PD51U – Disclosure pilot for the Business & Property Courts – of the Civil Procedure Rules came into effect on January 1st 2019. It is currently…

Long-haul live exports should stop completely, says animal welfare academic

Long-haul live animal exports are too high a risk and should be stopped completely, according to Donald Broom, the first Professor in Animal Welfare globally. Speaking at the Australian Veterinary Association annual conference in Perth, Australia, the Cambridge University Emeritus Professor of Animal Welfare said in a keynote speech that his position was based on…

Marine accident round-up : 24th May 2019

US-based Cal Maritime’s training ship Golden Bear (IMO 8834407) sustained minor damage after one of its masts hit a shoreside gantry crane as it arrived in Barbados on Tuesday May 21st as part of its 2019 cruise. The allision caused the training ship’s main mast to collapse. The school said that the ship was under…

Marine accident round up : 23rd May 2019

Crude oil tanker Saiq (IMO 9406166) was detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency on May 20th at 09:00 local time after what was described as unauthorized anchoring since May 16th in the country’s territorial waters about 10nm south of Pulau Jarak. The ship had 25 crew members on board from Pakistan, India, Russia, Oman…

Tugboat captain and pilot at fault in Sunshine Bridge crash, say company officials

Marquette Transportation’s president and other company officials have placed the blame for the Sunshine Bridge crash on the tugboat captain and pilot, asserting that they failed to follow the company’s internal safety and voyage planning policies. A crane barge towed by 1978-built, 146 gt, USA-flagged inland supply vessel Kristin Alexis (IMO 8635784) allided with the…

Marine accident round-up : 22nd May 2019

Bulk carrier Persenk (IMO: 9578995) was in collision with the cargo ship Ahmet Can (IMO 9368182) in the Marmara Sea during the late morning of May 18th between Marmara island and the port of Tekirdag, European Turkey. Both ships, were heading towards the Dardanelles and both suffered damage. Persenik headed for Tekirdag Anchorage. Ahmet Can…

UAE macro-view could be tempering response to oil tanker attacks

The response of the UAE to the recent attacks on four vessels off its port of Fujairah has been seen as remarkably moderate, particularly since it is a major opponent of Iran in the Middle East, and given Saudi Arabia’s vehement condemnation of the attack on two of its vessels. Analysts interpreted the muted response…

Marine accident round-up : 21st May 2019

General cargo ship Industrial Charger (IMO 9213959) allided with a pier while arriving at the port of Takoradi, Ghana, on May 1st. She also came in contact with pipe layer Seven Pacific (IMO 9518311). Portuguese and UK accident investigation teams were evaluating and analysing the incident, which did not result in any injuries or pollution….

Canadian oil tanker ban overturned by Senate

Canada’s Senate Standing Committee on Transportation has overturned Canada’s Oil Tanker Moratorium Act. The senate committee has recommended that the federal government throw the bill out in its entirety. The Oil Tanker Moratorium Act sought to ban tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tons of oil from stopping or unloading along British Columbia’s northern coast….

Yantian Express finally arrives in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Containership Yantian Express (IMO 9229831) has arrived at Halifax Terminal, Nova Scotia. The vessel had sailed from Freeport, the Bahamas, on May 15th. The vessel, which yesterday was in Bedford Basin, will soon begin discharging containers, more than four months later than scheduled. Cargo will be delivered in the usual way under the relevant contract…