Interorient Marine Services fined $2m, given four years’ probation

Vessel operator Interorient Marine Services was fined $2mn fine and given probation on Wednesday February 12th in the Western District of Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from the tank vessel Ridgebury Alexandra Z, the US Justice Department has revealed. Interorient Marine Services admitted that oil cargo residues…

Interlegal defends interests of Thyssenkrupp Materials Trading

Black Sea legal firm Interlegal reports that it has defended the interests of Thyssenkrupp Materials Trading GmbH – a creditor under the court proceedings against a Ukrainian company debtor. The Кiev Court of Appeal left in force an arbitration award on debt recovery for goods supplied. The proceedings on enforcement will be held later by…

Marathassa cleared of pollution charges; civil compensation case continues

Cargo ship Marathassa (IMO 9698862) has been acquitted of the last charges she faced relating to a spill that saw 2,700 litres of bunker fuel dumped into Vancouver’s English Bay on April 8th 2015. Judge Kathryn Denhoff acquitted the ship of charges under the Canada Shipping Act, ruling that, while the ship had discharged a…

Maltese Supreme Court delivers ruling on Jamaican sale of Fabrizia

Dr Marlon Borg, litigation lawyer based in Malta and Lead Senior Associate within local law firm DF Advocates, has advised us of what was described as a significant legal development in case of bulk carrier Trading Fabrizia (IMO 9481960) (IMN January 26th 2018). https://insurancemarinenews.com/insurance-marine-news/trading-fabrizia-sold-off/ At the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston in January an auction…

Defending soyabean claims in China

Julia Ju, Senior Claims Manager, P&I, Team Asia for The Swedish Club has noted in the latest edition of Triton that the frequency of soyabean cargo claims arising at discharge ports, particularly in China, had become infamous amongst shipowners, as had the difficulties in defending such claims in local courts. Ju noted that the Club…

Broad interpretation should be given to some international conventions: Supreme Court

A ruling by the UK Supreme Court has suggested that courts should give consideration to the overall purpose of a convention and place less emphasis on technical analysis and domestic approaches to statutory interpretation. Danielle Southey, Syndicate Associate, European Syndicate, Steamship P&I Club, reported on Warner v Scapa Flow Charters (Scotland), in which the Supreme…

Fines of owner and master for illegal discharge fell outside terms of cover

In a case reported by Norwegian marine insurer Gard relating to the illegal disposal of garbage in the great barrier reef off the eastern coast of Australia, Gard has noted that in this case the fines eventually imposed the owner and master of the vessel fell outside the scope of cover provided by the vessel’s…

What about the autonomous vessels beneath the waves?: HFW

Legal firm HFW has noted that, when it comes to autonomous marine vehicles, the focus in the press over the past two years or so has been on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). However, the lawyers said that Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) had been around longer than MASS and were already being used widely in…

Clyde publishes part three of series on shippers’ Sulphur Cap options

Legal firm Clyde & Co has published the third in its comprehensive series on the scope of the International Maritime Organization’s Sulphur Cap from January 1st 2020 and the options available to shipowners. Beth Bradley, Benjamin Bryant and Ioanna Tsekoura noted that parts 1 and 2 of the series explored the scope of Regulation 14.1.3,…

Unrecoverable General Average contributions from cargo interests

A web alert from Standard Club, written by Matthew Cao, Assistant Director at Richards Hogg Lindley, covers the recent case of The Cape Bonny, where the English Commercial Court ruled that neither the Chinese cargo interests nor their subrogated underwriters were liable for cargo’s proportion of GA (valued at approximately $2.1m) because the owner of…

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