The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) adopted a set of recommendations, issued by Commissioner Rebecca Dye, addressing future delays and detention arguments brought before the FMC within the container maritime industry.
The UK Club issued a Legal Update informing that a recent court decision cemented a precedent judgement in favour of the operator, regarding at which point “carriage” concludes for the purpose of the Athens Convention in the context of passengers disembarking from a cruise ship.
As part of its efforts to improve the way its treaties and conventions are implemented at a national level, the IMO offered an intensive 5-day workshop for lawyers and legislative drafters at IMO Headquarters, on 1-5 October, to provide them with the tools they need to understand the treaties.
In a bid to respond to the needs of shipowners and the ship financing and legal community, the Republic of Liberia amended its maritime law to allow lease financing structures to be recorded as mortgages. As such, Liberia is the only flag state with preferred status in China able to record financing charters.
As a response to the US re-imposition of sanctions against Iran, the EU intends to amend its Blocking Regulation (Regulation (EC) 2271/06) to protect EU companies from the extraterritorial effects of US secondary sanctions against Iran, the Standard P&I Club informed.
US Congressman Peter DeFazio introduced the “Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act,” that requires passenger airlines, railroads, transit agencies, operators of passenger vessels, and certain bus companies, to prescribe formal policies on sexual harassment of employees and passengers in transportation.
Following Seatrade’s conviction of illegally selling vessels for demolition in South Asian yards, in breach of the EU Waste Shipment Regulation, the Swedish P&I Club recommended shipowners to take greater notice of the regulations when considering demolition. This was the first time an EU shipowner has been held criminally liable for such case.
ECSA and WSC have called on EU Institutions to implement a new European reporting formalities framework that benefits maritime carriers and the wider EU economy, noting that the current complex, repetitive and duplicative reporting requirements result in productivity losses for carriers, but also create unnecessary workload for ship crews.
Cameroon-based law firm Henry, Samuelson & Co. advised on the law governing ship arrest as an executory measure in the country. Ship arrest in Cameroon is governed by CEMAC merchant code of 03-08-2001 revised in July 2012 and the Brussels convention of 1952 on the Unification of Certain Rules on the Arrest of Ships.
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