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.

  • 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.

  • 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.



China's Plan for Lawfare in the Maritime Domain

China will set up an “international maritime judicial center” to protect the country’s maritime rights and sovereignty claims, China’s top judge told the National People’s Congress on Sunday. Zhou Qiang, the chief justice of the Supreme People’s Court, made the comment while delivering the annual SPC work report. China’s Foreign Ministry clarified that the center will be established this year.


Foreigners in China to get better legal service

China's top judge has asked the courts to improve the legal environment through better handling of disputes involving foreigners, particularly in the marine sector, as the country opens wider to the outside world and tries hard to attract overseas enterprises. 


The South African Ship Registry: To Bareboat or Not?

From the earliest days of the first Dutch settlement at the Cape, locals have been tempted to describe themselves as a “seafaring” nation. Whether this is accurate is open to debate. Although we do have a proud history of vessels that were registered on our flag, the size of the fleet has always been disproportionate to the volume of exports from South Africa (be it mineral resources, manufactured goods or reefer exports).