Legal & Regulations

  • Shell to fuel world’s first LNG-powered Aframax...

    A unit of Royal Dutch Shell will fuel the world’s first LNG-powered Aframax crude oil tankers under a deal signed with Russian shipping company SCF Group (Sovcomflot).
    Shippers are looking to liquefied natural gas (LNG) to help them meet stricter emissions regulations in 2020.

  • Egyptian court says maritime pact with Saudi is...

    An Egyptian court on Sunday said its previous ruling effectively validating a controversial maritime border pact with Saudi Arabia remained in place, further muddying an almost yearlong dispute that had strained relations between the two countries.

  • Can the shipowner arrest the charterer’s bunkers...

    While charterers and other third parties can secure claims against the owners by arresting the vessel, owners’ options to secure their claims against charterers are limited. The arrest of bunkers, explored herein, is possible under UAE law but subject to practical difficulties

  • What do the Oscars and the Maritime Industry have...

    I am writing this on the morning after the Oscars.  In my mind the Oscars are to do with the celebration of excellence in the film industry; the ultimate recognition of film makers, directors and actors.  This morning as I look through my twitter feed it is clear that the Oscars have become much more than that, there is a political message. One example - best actress in a supporting role goes to Viola Davis, she is celebrated not only for being a great actress but for obtaining an award “despite” being black.


Coast Guard “HAS Not Been Aggressively Enforcing” Salvage And Marine Fire-Fighting Requirements, Top U.S. Official Admits

A top U.S. Coast Guard official admitted at a recent congressional oversight hearing that the Coast Guard “has not been aggressively enforcing the compliance” of vessel response plans filed under federal Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) regulations. The rules, derived from the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, are meant to prevent a worst-case discharge resulting from fire or explosion aboard a vessel.


New chairman Willum Richards to lead Association of Average Adjusters in international drive to bolster high standards in settling marine and offshore claims

Willum Richards, the new chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters, has set out his aim to build on the work of his predecessor, Keith Martin, in advancing the Association internationally. Along with the management committee, Mr Richards will also be steering the Association through some organisational changes required by the success achieved in expanding the scope of, and interest in, the Association’s highly-regarded examinations.


Show me the money: the new Bankruptcy Law and debt collection in the UAE

At the end of 2016, the UAE finally adopted the long awaited Bankruptcy Law (Law No. 9 of 2016). After several years in the making the new law represents a significant improvement over the old regime which has previously existed under the Commercial Code and which has now been repealed.  In this article, we will consider the impact of the new law on debt collection in the UAE, which remains a topical issue in the current commercial environment.


Taking Women on Board as Non-Executive Members

Legal implications can have a serious impact on company balance sheets. You need to plan ahead, becoming aware of regulations, new laws, international conventions and the impact these might have on your business