News & Updates

Trio reinforces dual growth strategy

Three senior appointments by CJC have reinforced the international maritime law firm’s strategy to grow both its litigation and transactional activities. All three individuals join CJC’s London office from another maritime law firm. Highly...

MCA flags up revisions for UK workboats

The UK regulator may be changing course with respect to new standards for workboats, after a Maritime & Coastguard Agency consultation met a resounding thumbs down from industry. CJC Managing Associate, Helen McCormick , explains. Please...

Contract chains and liability

In an appeal to the High Court, Mitsui & Co (USA) Inc. vs. Asia-Potash International Investment (Guangzhou) Co Ltd, the High Court considered whether the mere fact that contracts were not back-to-back (or in a ‘chain’) prevented liabilities...

Shipping steered towards LCCCt

The English Courts are currently trying to persuade parties in less complex commercial cases to commence proceedings in the London Circuit Commercial Court (“LCCCt”), rather than the Commercial Court. Further, even where cases are commenced in...

Maersk Chennai: know your (cocoa) beans

In this recent English High Court judgment JB Cocoa Sdn Bhd and Others v Maersk Line AS - [2023] EWHC 2203 (Comm) ( https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Comm/2023/2203.html ), the Court held that the carrier’s liability for damage to the cargo after...

Obligations on time and place - London Arbitration 7/23

The place and timing of redelivery of a chartered vessel are key obligations of a charterer. A recent arbitration decision considered whether Owners were entitled to recover for losses which purportedly arose from a breach of these obligations. Summary by ...

Mitigating losses by hedging

In Rhine Shipping DMCC v Vitol SA [2023] EWHC 1265, the Commercial Court considered the relevance of internal risk management processes and the expectation of hedging when assessing damages, in a case which also offered a glimpse into how large trading...

Owner cleans up during hull cleaning

In Smart Gain Shipping Co. Ltd v Langlois Enterprises Ltd (“Globe Danae”) [2023] EWHC 1683 (Comm) the High Court held that the owners were entitled to the charterparty rate of hire for time spent cleaning the vessel’s hull after redelivery,...

Ship technology and human questions

The co-existence of new marine technologies which aim to improve safety and stubbornly high counts of human errors among the causes of maritime casualties and incidents suggests that ‘more of the same’ will be an inadequate response in seafarer...

Anyone can make a mistake

London arbitrators have found that a one-off error by a pilot did not make the port unsafe for the purposes of the Charterers’ safe port warranty. Helen McCormick , Managing Associate, and Evgenia Kanellopoulou , Associate, offer a summary. ...
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