Legal & Regulations

  • 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.


  • EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV)...

    While shipping is more fuel-efficient than other transport sectors, its GHG emissions are significant and growing fast. Without action, maritime GHG emissions are expected to more than double by 2050, due to anticipated growth in the world economy and the associated transport demand.

  • IMO Prioritizes e-Navigation

    The IMO has put e-navigation back on the high-level action plan of the Maritime Safety Committee. The program was to finish this year, but the outcomes achieved at MSC 95 earlier this month mean that work will continue for at least four more years. Five of the six planned work items were approved with the opportunity to re-present the sixth next year.


Coast Guard Sets El Faro Hearing Date

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a public Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the United States-flagged steam ship El Faro and its 33 crewmembers starting on February 16.


Judgment in Dubai Court May Alleviate Chaos Surrounding the OW Bunker Liquidation

The OW Bunker (“OWB”) liquidation in late 2014 sparked turmoil, especially between shipowners, physical suppliers and OWB’s liquidators. In fact, 2015 saw countless ship arrests, lawsuits and demands for payment from physical suppliers and OWB’s liquidators as well as commercially unsound rulings from English Courts (e.g. decision in the Res Cogitans).


Container Vessel Released after Hijacking

A container ship, the Singapore-registered Safmarine Kuramo, has been released after it was hijacked off the Nigerian Coast on Friday night. The crew of 25 are reported to be safe.


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.