Russia-linked superyacht will be sold – proceeds will go to Ukraine

In an unusual diplomatic move related to western sanctions against Russia, it has been reported that the 92.5-metre superyacht Royal Romance (IMO 1012268), valued at about $200m pre-sanctions and belonging to Ukrainian-born, pro-Kremlin businessman and political leader, Viktor Medvedchuk will be transferred to the Ukrainian government and sold at an auction overseen by Ukraine’s Asset…

Right of insurer to recoup maintenance and cure payments

Kristin Poling, Claims Executive with UK Club, has looked at the Eastern District of Louisiana’s decision concerning an insurer’s right to recoup maintenance and cure payments. In June this year in Jones v. Select Oilfield Services, LLC, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108114 (E.D. La. June 17, 2022) the Eastern District of Louisiana handed down a…

Quadrant Chambers welcomes arbitration expert

International arbitration specialist Claire Stockford has joined Quadrant as a new member of chambers. Poonam Melwani KC, Head of Quadrant Chambers, said that “I am very pleased to welcome Claire back to the Bar and to her new home at Quadrant Chambers. Claire’s experience and reputation are a fantastic addition to the international arbitration team…

London Arbitration 6/22: Is a vessel off-hire due to alleged Covid sickness

In London Arbitration 6/22 two separate off-hire disputes came to arbitration. These related to Hold Cleaning – whether a vessel was off-hire during hold cleaning, and whether a vessel was off-hire due to alleged crew sickness because of Covid-19 The vessel was chartered for a trip time charter from India to China, on an amended…

X-Press Pearl representatives allege failures by Sri Lanka respondents

Representatives of the interests of the owner and operator of container ship X-Press Pearl, which caught fire and eventually became a wreck off the coast of Sri Lanka in mid 2021 have asserted that failures on the part of local marine authorities meant that the damage suffered by the X-Press Pearl was greater than it…

Convicted Nigerian pirate avoids sentence in Denmark

A complex case which eventually saw a Nigerian, who was accused of piracy involving Danish soldiers off the coast West Africa, being tried in a Copenhagen court, has ended with the accused being found guilty, but not being sentenced. The Copenhagen City Court found the man Lucky Frances, 40, guilty of causing danger a year…

Italian prosecutors seek manslaughter charges for Norman Atlantic Fire

Italian prosecutors in the port city of Bari have begun presenting their indictment against the owner, operator and crew of the Norman Atlantic (IMO 9435466), the ro/pax ferry that caught fire and burned in the Adriatic in late 2014. An estimated 31 people died in the fire. Before dawn on December 28th 2014 a fire…

Greek law: Losing the right to limit liability

In an article on The Latest Developments in Limitation of Liability under Greek law, UK Club’s Christos Aporellis, Senior Claims Executive, noted that that there were few Greek court cases on the topic of limitation of liability. However, he said that a recently issued court judgment, from the Piraeus Court of First Instance, decision number…

OJ Commerce case could be first of many

The Maersk test case relating to alleged failure to fulfil previously agreed container carrying contracts because spot prices had risen dramatically since the initial contract was signed could turn out to be the first of many. Indeed, widespread accusations of such activity resulted in the US Biden’s administration introducing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act 2022…

London Arbitration 6/19: “no adverse currents” definition confirmed

In its latest Waypoints, West of England Club has reported on London Arbitration 6/19, which confirms the majority opinion of London tribunals on ed the definition of “no adverse currents” as well as the longstanding view of arbitrators in London on their preference for the weather reported in the vessel’s logs over the charterer’s weather…