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Container carriage risks in today maritime trade

Today international maritime trade is one of the most popular business areas in Ukraine. International contracts are concluded every day, so the issues of their performance, in particular regarding goods transportation and delivery to the buyer often arise. The widespread cargo carriage type is line container carriage. Cargo transportation in containers is quite attractive, first of all, due to quite small carriage cost and transportation in small lots. But, despite such attractiveness, line carriages cause certain commercial risks both for carriers and their clients – buyers and sellers under trade ...

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Cybersecurity In The Maritime Industry

The global shipping industry – much like air, road and rail transportation – is undergoing a technological revolution. From hull cleaning to collision avoidance systems, automation has made incredible advances in recent years. There is more to come, too. Norwegian company Yara has partnered with the engineering group Kongsberg with plans to launch the world’s first automated container ship in 2018. Rolls-Royce is also joining the fray, having revealed plans in September to build autonomous naval vessels. There are good reasons for embracing these innovations. For starters, unmanned ships are ...

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Port dues in the framework of court proceedings

Port dues differ in various countries and even in various ports of the same country, mainly for historical reasons. Port dues nature and amount depends mainly on certain demands of countries, regions, cities and ports themselves. Port dues in Ukraine Port dues system in Ukraine is set forth in the act called “Procedure of Port Dues Charging and Rates” approved by the Order of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine “On port dues” No. 316 dd. 27.05.2013, based on Article 22 of the Law of Ukraine “On sea ports of ...

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Hill Dickinson Boosts London Shipping Team with New Partner Hire

International law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed partner Siiri Duddington to join its expanding shipping team. Formerly a partner at Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC), Siiri spent six years at the firm advising on a wide range of dry shipping, trade and insurance litigation, acting principally for owners, charterers, P&I clubs, traders and insurers. Siiri has extensive experience in commercial contracts disputes involving charterparty, bill of lading, MOA, COA, pooling agreements, marine insurance and sale contracts, as well as shipbuilding and rig disputes. She is regularly involved in running large-scale litigation ...

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Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre meets with DP World to explore collaboration

Continuing its efforts to boost confidence within the maritime industry for arbitration and mediation, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) has approached 2018 with the intention of visiting leading maritime stakeholders to introduce and explain the benefits of its services. These meetings are scheduled around EMAC’s impressive, yet busy events schedule for the year. The first in a series of meetings for the year, has taken place at the DP World Head Quarters in Jebel Ali Port, where senior executives have gathered to learn about the benefits of using EMAC ...

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Ince & Co Chairman relocates to Piraeus to head Greek office

International law firm Ince & Co has announced today that Paul Herring, firm Chairman and Global Board Member, has been appointed as Head of its Greek office with immediate effect. Paul is widely regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent shipping lawyers and has considerable experience of advising Greek and international clients with interests in the country. He specialises in the resolution of disputes, both in court and arbitration, and regularly advises clients ‎on the drafting of contracts for newbuilding contracts and sale and purchase agreements. He is the co-author ...

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Shipping: Lack of uniform international legal framework will hinder the adoption of green technology

Over two thirds (68%) of global marine industry executives believe that a lack of uniform international environmental regulations will impede the adoption of green technologies in shipping, according to a new report from global law firm Clyde & Co and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), which surveyed 220 marine industry executives from across the world. Clyde & Co explains that some international maritime conventions, which target environmental protection, do exist. One ongoing example is the global sulphur emissions limit, which forces ship operators to use fuel ...

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Amendments to the Singapore International Commercial Court Regime to strengthen Singapore as an international arbitration seat of choice

On 9 January 2018, amendments were passed to the Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Act (“SCJA “) which clarify that the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC“) has jurisdiction to hear proceedings relating to international commercial arbitration. The amendments also abolish the pre-action certificate procedure for applications to the SICC. Established in 2015 as the ‘international’ division of the Singapore High Court, the SICC has gone from strength to strength in a short span of time, gaining a reputation for the quality and speed of judgments rendered. Since its establishment the ...

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Interlegal lawyers secured the bunker debt recovery

Due to engagement of Interlegal lawyers three large bunkering companies refunded costs for bunker supply. The Ukrainian non-resident bunkering companies filed a request for debt recovery upon bunker supplies. Three long-term commercial court proceedings resulted in making decisions on claim satisfaction and debt recovery from the Defendant. In order to secure court decisions, the Defendant’s two vessels located in Ukraine were arrested and soled at the SE “SETAM” online auction. Interlegal junior lawyer Juliya Kubarskaya and lawyer Vitalii Tolstik, under the general supervision of senior lawyer Alexey Remeslo, led the ...

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Danish shipping register to become more competitive for non-EU and non-EEA merchant shipowners

On October 4 2017 the government proposed a bill to amend the Danish regulations on the registration of ships under Section 2 of the Merchant Shipping Act in order to attract non-EU and non-EEA merchant shipowners and shipping and management companies to the Danish flag. The bill passed Parliament on November 30 2017 and came into force on January 1 2018. The initiative was prompted by concerns within the industry that the previous regulatory structure had caused uncertainties. As well as offering an appealing economic framework, the legislature recognised accessibility ...

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Haynes and Boone advises TMS Cardiff Gas on LNG Carrier Contracts with Hyundai Heavy Industries

Partner Andreas Silcher at law firm Haynes and Boone CDG represented TMS Cardiff Gas in its contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries of Korea (HHI) for the construction of one 174,000 cubic meter LNG carrier with XDF propulsion, plus an option for a second vessel. TMS Cardiff Gas called the order the first in the company’s X Carrier Series of orders, which expands the company’s fleet of managed vessels to 10. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2020, when she will enter into a seven-year time charter contract with TOTAL ...

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Port Automation And Cyber Risk In The Shipping Industry

To stay ahead of competing ports and technological developments, automation has been heralded as inevitable. Major transshipment hubs and aspiring ports bet their future on automation, which raises the impact cyber risks could have in the long-run. Singapore’s Port Modernization One example of port modernization is Singapore’s Tuas Port Project. To stay ahead of competing ports in Southeast Asia, PSA International and the city state have bet their future on the fully automated port on the western side of the island. The project is set to almost double the port’s ...

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Singapore: Accreditation scheme to be extended to maritime, shipping lawyers

A voluntary accreditation scheme will be extended to lawyers in the maritime and shipping industry, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening of the legal year on Monday (Jan 8). Called the Specialist Accreditation Scheme, it was introduced last year as a mark of recognition and offered to building and construction lawyers in a pilot. Since then, 24 lawyers – 13 senior specialists and 11 junior specialists – have gained accreditation. Announcing the extended scheme in a speech at the Supreme Court Building, Chief Justice Menon said it is ...

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From 1 January 2018 large ships must monitor and report CO2 emissions

As of 1 January 2018, subject to a few exclusions, ships over 5000 gross tonnage (“Relevant Ships”) became subject to monitoring and reporting requirements on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2), fuel consumption and cargo carried within all ports under the jurisdiction of a Member State and for any voyages to or from a port under the jurisdiction of a Member State. The new monitoring and reporting requirements for ships were established by the EU Regulation on monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (Regulation (EU) No. 757/2015 ...

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Ince & Co France augments international transactional capability with partner promotion

Ince & Co is pleased to announce the promotion of Aymeric de Tapol to partner in its Paris office, effective 1 January 2018. Aymeric is an avocat at the Paris Bar and is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales. He started his career at Ince & Co Paris in 2008 and also spent nearly two years working in the firm’s Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on structured financings in the maritime and aviation industries, under both English and French law. He assists shipowners and banks with all aspects ...

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