Court decision validates effectiveness of deck cargo exemption clause

A recent decision in the English Court concerned the effectiveness of a clause in a bill of lading that excludes a carrier’s liability for loss or damage to cargo carried on deck, said the North P&I Club, noting that this decision confirmed parties to a contract of carriage are free to agree a carrier has no liability for loss or damage to deck cargo.

Captain hits dinghy with his ferry over parking quarrel

The Bournemouth Crown Court has started trial over a crash incident in Poole Harbour, southern England, September 2017, when the Captain of the 50ft-long ferry ‘Maid of Poole’ reportedly crashed on purpose on a dinghy, injuring the driver, over a parking row. 

Sewol survivors to receive $71,000 in compensation

A South Korean district court ordered the state and ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine to compensate the survivors of the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster. It decided that each of the 20 survivors should be given $71,000 in compensation for psychological trauma.

Shell fined £60,000 over Brent Delta worker injury

Oil major Shell has been fined £60,000 after a serious injury of a technician by a gas cylinder on one of the company’s North Sea platforms. The incident took place in November 2014 on the Brent Delta installation, when a gas cylinder unexpectedly discharged, causing projectiles to strike a worker.

Second ‘USS Fitzgerald’ officer does not enter negligence plea

The officer Lt. Natalie D. Combs, charged with negligence for her role in the collision of USS Fitzgerald, reserved her right not to enter a plea on Monday, July 20, during an arraignment before a military judge. She now faces a general court-martial for hazarding a vessel and negligence in performing her duties.

Court sentences officer of JBB De Rong 19 to two years in jail

The first chief officer of the dredger ‘JBB De Rong 19’, which collided with the tanker ‘Kartika Segara’, leading to the death of five crewmembers, was neither qualified nor certified to be managing such a ship, a court decided on July 11. The chief officer was sentenced in two years in jail, as he pleaded guilty.

Former commander of USS Fitzgerald pleads not guilty to negligence

The former commander of USS Fitzgerald, Cmdr. Bryce Benson pleaded not guilty to charges he committed criminal acts leading up to the collision of the guided-missile destroyer. Mr. Benson will now face a general court-martial on charges of negligence and hazarding a vessel.

US Navy drops negligent homicide charges for USS Fitzgerald accident

Ship commander Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Lt. Natalie Combs will face charges of negligent hazarding a vessel and dereliction of duty resulting in death at general courts-martial. Lt. Irian Woodley, who was on duty with Combs, will likely be separated from the Navy after a board of inquiry.

US Navy drops negligent homicide charges for USS McCain accident

The US Navy dropped its charge for negligent homicide against the former commanding officer of the warship “USS John S. McCain” that collided with a tanker near Singapore last summer. As a result of the accident 10 sailors lost their lives. The US Navy had informed that it would seek negligent homicide charges against Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez, who commanded John S. McCain.


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