Liability of Owners and Operators for Injury to Persons Onboard

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How far does the obligation of a duty of care regarding safety onboard a ship go?

In this decision of the NSW Court of Appeal it was held that the owner and operator of a ship can be jointly liable for breach of duty of care to a stevedore unloading the ship, even where the stevedore was the party primarily responsible for the unloading operations and their safe conduct and was aware of the risk of injury.

This article will be of interest to those involved in the operation and management of vessels, as well as those providing on-site services to them.

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