Kennedys adds 12 from Norton Rose Fulbright

Legal firm Kennedys Law has expanded its marine and energy capabilities through the hiring of a 12-strong insurance coverage and disputes team that will be based in Kennedys’ London office. The team has joined from Norton Rose Fulbright and comprises three partners, Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos and Jo Ward, along with seven other lawyers and…

New Chief Legal Officer at American Club managers

Daniel A Tadros will be joining Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc (SCB) as Chief Legal Officer on July 1st 2019. He is currently admiralty partner and practice area coordinator at New Orleans-based Chaffe McCall LLP. SCB said that Dan Tadros was “a well-known figure within both the maritime community at large and the marine insurance sector…

CMA CGM Libra case shows importance of “front-loading” evidence: HFW

The time that it takes for complex claims in the marine sector to come to court and the possible frailty of human memory combined in the CMA CGM Libra case to emphasize the importance of “front-loading” your evidence, said HFW global head of Admiralty Andrew Chamberlain last week at the HFW seminar CMA CGM LIBRA…

Man jailed for lying to police after pirates hijacked oil tanker

Company director Louis Lau Xuanhong, 34, was sentenced to two weeks’ jail this week after lying to police after pirates hijacked tanker MT Joaquim, reports the Singapore Straits Times. His firm had chartered the vessel, but he did not want the authorities to know that it was carrying 2,000 tonnes of crude oil that had…

What is good weather?

Danielle Southey, Syndicate Associate, European Syndicate, Steamship Mutual, has reported on a recent arbitration (London Arbitration 6/19), at which the tribunal considered a good weather description which referred to both Douglas sea state and significant wave height in a charterparty performance warranty. Under a time charter trip from South Africa to China, the Owners warranted…

Switzerland takes Nigeria to international tribunal over seized ship

Switzerland has asked an international court to order Nigeria to release a Swiss-flagged oil tanker San Padre Pio, its cargo and crew, which have been detained off Port Harcourt for the past 16 months, reports AFP. The Swiss foreign ministry said that on May 21st it had appealed to the International Tribunal for the Law…

Carnival fined $20m over pollution offences

US District Judge Patricia Seitz in Miami, Florida, has fined cruise liner company Carnival Corp $20m for pollution offences as part of a negotiated agreement. Carnival must also allow more stringent oversight by the court-appointed monitors during its third, fourth and fifth years on probation. The ruling also requires Carnival Corp to develop an action…

Executives from Carnival Corp ordered to appear in US court

US District Court Judge Patricia Seitz ordered senior executives from global cruise operator Carnival Corp, including board chairman Micky Arison and CEO Arnold Donald, to appear in a court in Miami, Florida, on Monday June 3rd at 2 pm EDT for a probation revocation hearing for continued criminal violations of the company, reports, reports environmental…

Louisiana court acquits Russian master of illegal discharge responsibility

A Louisiana court has acquitted Captain Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, Master of the chemical/oil products tanker Ridgebury Alexandra Z (IMO 9439785), on all charges related to illegal discharges from the vessel. On May 23rd the jury in the Western District of Louisiana cleared the Master of six criminal counts of federal pollution and obstruction of justice related…