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US Commission issues interpretive rule on demurrage and detention charges – possible relief for shippers
On April 28, 2020, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an interpretive rule on demurrage and detention charges under the Shipping Act 1984.
We consider some recent decisions addressing issues including: limitation of liability for marina or dock operators; who is the ‘operator’ of a vessel; parties’ obligations under a chain of letters of indemnity and; interpretation of maritime contracts according to the US Supreme Court.
Case review 07-07-2020
In this case, the Admiralty Court provides helpful clarification as to who should be considered an ‘operator’ for the purposes of limitation.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Department of State and U.S. Coast Guard have issued a Joint Advisory intended to provide guidance to all facets of the maritime industry with regard to compliance with the various US sanctions programs.
The recently announced Maritime and Coastguard Agency Drone Demonstration and Development Pathfinder project is an ambitious venture intended to expand the use of drones operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight within UK airspace.
This article is concerned with one possible risk which arrives from outer space and can cause chaos in international maritime commerce: solar storms.
Kennedys has continued its growth in the United States with the opening of its first West Coast office, in San Francisco, and the addition of a four-partner team.
Our latest thinking into the insurance impacts arising from the ongoing crisis is offered against the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, having confirmed that the five tests which must be satisfied before lockdown can be adjusted have been met.
The COVID-19 situation has already left many containers locked up in ports and at warehouses and these goods can attract considerable charges and liabilities.