Legal & Regulations

  • Philippine case against China explained

    The week covering July 7 to 13 will be pivotal to the Philippines’ legal battle to assert its claims over the portion of the South China Sea that it calls the West Philippine Sea.

  • Norwegian Maritime Authority accepts Regs4Ships...

    Norway is the latest addition to the Regs4ships product portfolio. The Norwegian Maritime Authority has recognised the Norwegian Regs4ships product as being the equivalent to the carriage of nautical publications in paper form.

  • NAPA to Streamline Compliance with New Class...

    NAPA, the global leader in maritime software, services and data analysis, today announced the release of new tools and interfaces with class society software to streamline ship design compliance with Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC&OT; formerly known as “harmonized CSR”) from the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

  • Container Weighing Guidelines Released

    On July 1, 2016, global containerized maritime commerce will need to comply with new international regulations that require every packed container to have a verified container weight as a condition for vessel loading. 


  • Bills of lading – who is the owner of the cargo?

    The Commercial Court has recently ruled on preliminary issues in a cargo claim, including an issue regarding who the owner of the goods was in circumstances where there was a series of sale contracts and only one of the sale contracts contained a right of rejection.

  • NIMASA domesticates 5 IMO laws to improve safety...

    Determined to improve the safety of ships calling the nation’s seaports, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has taken a major step towards concluding the process of domesticating five International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) regulatory instruments with the submission of the instrument of assent in London recently.

  • IMO and IOM Pledge Migration Action

    The heads of the IMO and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reaffirmed their commitment to urgently address the humanitarian crisis arising from the dramatic increase in unsafe mixed migration across the oceans and seas in recent times on Monday.

  • Increased limits of liability for shipowners

    On June 8 2015 amendments to the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC) entered into force, significantly increasing the limits of shipowners’ liability.



Captain Sentenced to Two Years for Prestige Disaster

The captain, the British insurer and the owner of the Prestige tanker that sank in 2002 off Galicia, Spain, have been found guilty for one of Europe’s worst environmental disasters, according to the Spanish Supreme Court.


EU and UN sanctions on Iran lifted

On 16 January 2016 the EU and UN nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions against Iran were terminated in line with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed between Iran, the EU, and the “P5+1” (permanent UN Security Council members France, China, Russia, the UK and the US ‘plus’ Germany) in July 2015.