Power ships: what are they and what does the law say?

Power ships today represent the cutting edge of innovation, making the source and production of energy movable. Increasing and variable demand for energy has caused local authorities to face new demands for production. Immediate energy demands must be met but investment should not lead to long-term entrenchment of infrastructure likely to be outdated quickly.


Professor William Tetley QC: tribute by the group opposed to the Rotterdam Rules

Professor William Tetley, the distinguished maritime lawyer, Professor at McGill University, passed away on 1 July 2014. A group of which he was a member has written this article as a tribute.

Carriage of Goods, Regulation

The Starlight Saga: the final cut in the Alexandros T litigation?

Having been bounced from the Commercial Court to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and back again via several detours to Greece, the latest iteration of Starlight Shipping Co v Allianz Marine and Aviation Versicherungs AG and Others was heard by Flaux J ([2014] EWHC 3068 (Comm)).

Contracts, Jurisdiction

Introducing GAFTA’s Prevention of Shipment Clause

Traditionally, Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) contracts have dealt with force majeure and prohibition by means of separate and distinct clauses. GAFTA recently significantly altered this long-standing approach, and its standard form contracts entered into as from 1 June 2014 instead utilise a single consolidated clause, unifying the prior provisions on force majeure and prohibition.

Carriage of Goods, Contracts, Practice and Policy

Repatriation and financial security for seafarers: amendments to Maritime Labour Convention

Every so often, an obvious problem is actually spotted and remedied by those who have the power to do so, rather than lingering on indefinitely while everyone knows precisely what needs to be done. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted amendments to the Regulations implementing the Maritime Labour Convention, seeking to remedy some gaps left in the law by the original text.

Shipping, Practice and Policy

Caresse Navigation Ltd v Zurich Assurances MAROC and Others (The “Channel Ranger”) [2014] EWCA Civ 1366

Conflict of laws – Carriage of goods – Incorporation of charterparty terms into bills of lading – Contractual interpretation – Jurisdiction clauses

Carriage of Goods, Contracts, Bills of Lading, Conflict of Laws, Jurisdiction

Standard Chartered Bank v Dorchester LNG (2) Ltd (Rev 1) (The “Erin Schulte”) [2014] EWCA Civ 1382

Letters of credit – Whether bank having obtained bill of lading under letter of credit – Lawful holder entitled to sue

Carriage of Goods, Contracts, Bills of Lading

Hua Tyan Development Ltd v Zurich Insurance Co Ltd and Another (The “Ho Feng 7”) [2014] HKCFA 72

Marine insurance – Deadweight warranty – Rectification – Knowledge of the insurer – Waiver and estoppel – Non-disclosure


Alternative Power Solution Ltd v Central Electricity Board and Another [2014] UKPC 31

Documentary credits – Fraud exception – Injunction – Balance of convenience

Contracts, Finance and Banking

Viscous Global Investment Ltd v Palladium Navigation Corporation (The "Quest") [2014] EWHC 2654 (Comm)

Bills of lading containing or referring to arbitration clause – P&I Club letter of undertaking containing alternative jurisdiction clause

Trade, Bills of Lading, Practice and Policy, Jurisdiction

Handytankers KS v Owners and/or Demise Charterers of “Alas” [2014] HKCFI 1281

Ship arrest – Arbitration award given – Arrest in respect of contractual claim

Arrest, Contracts, Arbitration

Sun United Maritime Ltd v Kasteli Marine Inc (The “Imme”) [2014] EWHC 1476 (Comm)

Arbitration Act 1996, section 67 – Scope – Challenging an arbitral award for lack of substantive jurisdiction – Disputed settlement on costs.