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From the Benesch Transportation Archives: To Delivery....And Beyond!: The Boundaries of Carrier Liability for Unloading (A Clear...

Introduction: Carmack Boundaries and the Blurring of Unloading Functions - Under the Carmack Amendment, a carrier is liable for the actual loss of goods which “arrive” damaged 49 U.S.C. §4706(a)(1). But when does that...more

Supreme Court Upholds Finality of Arbitral Awards

A recent Supreme Court decision raises issues over the extent of court intervention in the arbitration process and reminds us of the importance of carefully selecting institutional rules so as to avoid (if necessary) the...more

Award issued by Permanent Court of Arbitration in South China Sea dispute

A ruling in the long-running South China Sea dispute was released by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday and has immediately become global front-page news. Initiated by the Philippines against...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Chemical Transport Dispute Finding No Manifest Disregard Of The Law

ICC Chemical Corporation sued Nordic Tankers Trading A/S concerning a cancelled charter agreement. Per the agreement, Nordic was scheduled to have its vessel present at the port ready to be loaded with ICC’s chemical cargo....more

B.C. Court Confirms Powerful Maritime Arrest is Widely Available in Disputes Involving Maritime Assets

In Avina v. Sea Senor (Ship), the British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) upheld the arrest of the ship, Sea Senor (Vessel), in a dispute between the two shareholders of the company that owns the Vessel. The defendant applied...more

SCMA Rules 3rd Edition - A commentary on the recent amendments

Late last year the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (“SCMA”) published the third edition of its arbitration rules (“Rules”). The latest changes continue to build upon the earlier amendments made in May 2009. The...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Carrier’s “Extended” Maritime Possessory Liens

Summary of Holding - In a recent opinion, in a case of first impression at the circuit level, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that maritime carriers and their customers may contractually extend the...more

Shelltime 4 – who bears risk of arrest?

In ST Shipping & Transport Pte Ltd -v- Space Shipping Ltd (“CV STEALTH”), the Commercial Court (“the Court”) heard an application arising out of an Arbitrator’s Award in respect of a dispute under a charterparty on an amended...more

Judgment in Maritime Arbitration Matter

Legal Principle - Even if a Bill of Lading does not expressly contain an arbitration clause it might refer disputes to arbitration through the charterparty which may include an arbitration clause. The reference to...more

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! Preventing the Application of the Section 20(a) Presumption with Surveillance

The recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Bis Salamis, Inc. v. Director, OWCP (Joseph Meeks), No. 15-60148 (March 17, 2016), highlights how the defense to a claim under the Longshore and Harbor...more

Don’t trip up – a warning for owners

The recently decided case of SBT STAR BULK & TANKERS (GERMANY) GMBH & CO KG V COSMOTRADE SA (THE “WEHR TRAVE”) [2016] EWHC 583 (Comm) in the Queen’s Bench Division of the Commercial Court and before The Hon Sir Bernard Eder...more

Punitive Damages Only Mostly Dead Under General Maritime Law

Following the Fifth Circuit’s opinion in McBride v. Estis Well Service, 768 F.3d 382, 391 (5th Cir. 2014), we reported that punitive damages had “expired and gone to meet their maker” when it comes to Jones Act seamen. As it...more

Petronius To Petrobras – Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Test For Ocsla Versus Maritime Tort Jurisdiction

In 2006, the Fifth Circuit issued a landmark controversial opinion in Texaco Exploration & Production, Inc. v. AmClyde Engineered Products Co., 448 F.3d 760, 770 (5th Cir.) amended on reh’g, 453 F.3d 652 (5th Cir. 2006). The...more

OCSLA Choice of Law Provision is Paramount

This week The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Petrobras America, Inc., et al. v. Vicinay Cadenas, S.A., No. 14-20589 (03/07/16) addressed in further detail whether the choice of law provision under the Outer...more

Mitigation and the assessment of damages on early redelivery – “The New Flamenco”

Mitigation and the assessment of damages on early redelivery – “The New Flamenco” - Assessing the level of damages recoverable following the early redelivery of a vessel under a time charter can be a complex area of law...more

Congenbill ‘Paramount Clause’ – Hague or Hague / Visby Rules?

In Yemgas FZCO & Ors v Superior Pescadores SA [2016] EWCA Civ 101, the Court of Appeal considered whether the standard ‘Paramount Clause’ wording in the Congenbill incorporates the Hague Rules 1924 (the “HR”) or the...more

Going Back To The Well – A Curious Opinion By The Fifth Circuit Resolves District Court Split Regarding Application Of The...

As previously reported on Striding the Quarterdeck, district courts within the federal Fifth Circuit had split over recent years as to whether the Texas and Louisiana Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Acts (TOAIA, Tex. Civ. Prac. &...more

The challenge of mitigating your losses where there is no available market – ‘The New Flamenco’

Mitigation of damage where there is no available market is a difficult area of law and can be challenging. As the Court of Appeal recognised recently in its judgment in The New Flamenco, “it is notoriously difficult to lay...more

Mainbrace: January 2016 No. 1

2015 was an interesting year for the shipping industry. The dry bulk market had a very challenging 2015, with the Baltic Dry Index hitting new all-time lows. Based on various reports, the outlook for 2016 is not very...more

“In Navigation” Status for Vessels under Renovation Remains Unclear

A Texas court of appeals recently held that a drill ship undergoing a renovation for nearly two years in dry dock might still be a “vessel in navigation.” Gold v. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., No. 14-15-00123-CV, (Tex....more

The Argument for Utmost Good Faith in Property Insurance

The term “bad faith” is commonly understood as a breach of the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing recognized in insurance contracts due to the “special relationship” between an insured and an insurer. Breach of this...more

Stormwater Permits Are Not One Size Fits All

It’s rare for a stormwater lawsuit to result in a court decision since most settle in the early stages, but a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour in the Western District of Washington provides useful...more

2nd Circuit case highlights complexities of ballast water regs

Effective control of ship-borne, nonindigenous organisms has proved to be a major challenge to the maritime industry, international maritime organizations, national and local governments, environmental organizations, and,...more

Southern District of Illinois Court Denies “Bare Metal Defense,” Applying Maritime Law

On September 23, 2015, in Kochera v. Foster Wheeler, LLC, No. 3:14-cv-00029 (S.D.Ill. 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, applying maritime law, denied Ingersoll-Rand Company’s...more

When Conducting Investigations, Consider "Privileges"

Whether voluntarily or as required by the International Safety Management Code, the American Waterways Operators’ (“AWO”) Responsible Carrier Program, or some other rule or regulation, investigations of accidents and...more

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