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Bunker suppliers lose their lien

Two US court decisions have found that physical suppliers do not have a lien against the vessel and instead have favored the contractual parties. This has wide ramifications in the bunker trade.
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Yemen – When A Port Is Facing Assault

This article reviews the operation of force majeure clauses under typical charterparties and addresses the circumstances involving the invasion of Yemen.
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The omnipotence paradox?

A UK Supreme Court decision on 16 May brings to mind the conundrum about whether an all-powerful being can create something too heavy for it to lift.
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Iran Sanctions – Trump withdraws from Iran deal

Having repeatedly threatened to tear it up, and now amid contested allegations around prior Iranian conduct, President Trump will once more decide the US stance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”).
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General Average – Longchamp decision (two videos)

What effect does the English Supreme Court decision in the Longchamp (Oct 2017) have on general average adjustments, moving forward?
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Always beware the nature of the claim

Demurrage time-bar clauses are common, their rationale is well understood and they are regularly invoked, but it is not often that the identity of the claim is the key to the contest.
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Another Association revises its Arbitration Rules

Last year the LMAA gave its rules a workover, with new terms applying to all such arbitrations started on or after 1 May 2017. The main changes were as regards sole arbitrators...
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Does “always accessible” include leaving?

A recent UK decision on a voyage fixture has caused surprise and concern, and after examining it this article considers the US view.
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A key limitation?

This article outlines a recent UK decision on “package or unit” and then briefly compares the US position, with interesting differences highlighted.
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A picture of Brexit

London International Shipping Week 2017 - a recap of Standard Club’s seminar on Brexit, along with a few thoughts of our own.
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