According to the statement issued by Mexico’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), 19 Filipino seafarers were detained in Mexico over alleged violation of the country’s illegal drug law. DFA stated that no formal charges have been filed against the detained seafarers yet, but local officials are cooperating with Mexican authorities.
According to AP, a Paris court rejected a compensation claim in relation to the MS Estonia ferry that sank in 1994, and remains one of the deadliest maritime disasters in Europe. The court sought 40.8 million euros from Bureau Veritas, that deemed the ship seaworthy and the German shipbuilder Meyer-Werft.
Human Rights at Sea informed that Prof. Dr. Anna Petrig, Professor of International Law at the University of Basel, Human Rights at Sea Advisory Board Member, and co-author of the emerging Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea, was appointed as a judge ad hoc at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg for the San Padre Pio case.
The UK Supreme Court decision in the Renos case provides useful guidance for both shipowners and insurers concerning the cost in deciding whether a vessel is a constructive total loss under its hull and machinery policy.
A man linked to a case involving 340,000 tonnes of stolen gas oil worth more than $200 million – the largest ever in Singapore – has been jailed for two and a half years. Dang Van Hanh has been jailed after pleading guilty to have received 5,600 metric tonnes of marine gasoil (MGO) stolen from Shell’s Pulau Bukom refinery.
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.
A former UBS banker in China has been sentenced to nine years in jail by a Shanghai court, on the grounds of disclosing inside information regarding an acquisition deal in 2017. Documents show that the UBS banker shared information with two associates about a Chinese shipping firm’s acquisition of a Hong Kong company. Though it did not name the companies, Chinese media and the Wall Street Journal noted that it was Cosco Shipping’s $6.3 billion acquisition of Orient Overseas Container Line.
Steamship Mutual referred to Glencore Energy UK Ltd v Freeport Holdings Ltd, “The Lady M”, court case, according to which the Court of Appeal instantly decided that a shipowner can rely on the fire defence in the Hague-Visby Rules even if the fire was started deliberately by a ship’s officer.
A federal judge in Miami ordered Carnival Corporation to pay $20 million in fines regarding its cruise ship pollution, under a plea deal after the world’s largest cruise operator violated the terms of its probation from a 2016 criminal conviction. Before this decision, a US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation.
Captain Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, captain of the oil tanker RIDGEBURY ALEXANDRA Z was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker. After 19 months of detention, Louisiana Jury acquitted the Master of all charges, who is now able to return to Russia, following his complete acquittal by a jury on May 23, 2019.
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