Saturday, November 26, 2022

Maritime

Hire payment in time charters: a condition or not – a legal perspective

Chartering is an important concept of the global maritime trade sector and it consists of different types. One of the forms of carrying out a maritime business is a time charter. Under a time charter, the owners undertake to place their ship at the disposal of the charterers for a defined period of time for the carriage of goods in accordance with the charterer’s instruction, while the ship remains in both the ownership and possession of the owners, and the officers and crew who man her will be the employees of the owners, not the charterers. In this article we are going to look at some particulars of time charters and, in particular, New York Produce Exchange Form 1993 (NYPE 1993) recommended by BIMCO and FONASBA.

The Ever Given saga continues, amid positive news for some of the crew

With the Ever Given still “legally” stuck in the Great Bitter Lakes in Suez Canal, discussions and concerns have turned to various other issues relating to the cargo, the ship’s crew and General Average.

The “arrest” of the ship by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) which intends to recover losses of around $916 million including $300 million for salvage bonus and $300 million for loss of reputation, has further complicated life for the ship crew who must have been having anxious moments no doubt.

Update on FMC’s Fact Finding 29 on Global Container Alliance practices

Fact Finding 29 is an order by the Federal Maritime Commission to investigate challenges to the freight delivery system in the USA and possible...

What’s next, for the Ever Given and the shipping and freight industry

Many journalists and Twitteratis around the world might be having withdrawal symptoms after the Ever Given has been refloated from being stuck diagonally across...

Update on Suez Canal crisis 6 days after the grounding of Ever Given

From time to time the maritime industry trends in the news media not just within the media outlets in the industry but in the...

Suez Canal suspends navigation as work on freeing Ever Given continues

The Suez Canal Authority officially announced on the 25th March 2021 that navigation through the Suez Canal is temporarily suspended. Announcing the suspension, Admiral Osama...

Maritime India Summit 2021 sets roadmap for India’s Maritime sector

“Visualise a roadmap for India’s Maritime sector and work to propel India to the forefront of the Global Maritime Sector in the next decade”...

Demurrage, Detention & Managing Port Operations : A Conversation with FMC’s Commissioner Carl Bentzel

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has been thrust into the limelight recently due to various challenges faced by the trade and complaints laid by customers...

India makes history with all women officers ship crew

As per IMO statistics, women represent only 2% percent of the world's 1.2 million seafarers out of which 94% of female seafarers are working...

IMO announces World Maritime Theme for 2021

The World Maritime Theme for 2021 is dedicated to seafarers, highlighting their central role in the future of shipping. "We all must do better to...

33% of hazardous cargo misdeclarations are willful

The meaning of Declare (verb) is to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms; to announce officially; proclaim; to state emphatically; to manifest; reveal; show; When none of the above happens, it is...

Stop discriminating against seafarers and enable crew repatriation

It is very disheartening to see that commercial and business travelers are allowed to travel all over the world using the same planes and airports, but seafarers are not allowed to do so.. That is pure discrimination and gross violation of human rights..!!

Spare a thought for these brave souls as they wait in anticipation just to get home after working non-stop for months, some even after their contracts have expired and without pay………….

Will declarations like the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change make a difference unless all Governments actually do what is humane and necessary..??

Flag States and their performance – 2020/2021

The country where the ship has been registered is called a FLAG STATE and this registration grants the ship physical and legal protection afforded under that that flag/flag state which is usually applied to vital areas such as safety of cargo and life of those on board the ship..

Flag states have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce regulations upon vessels that are registered under its flag, including regulations relating to inspection, certification, safety, and pollution and a ship owner or operator who registers their ship under a flag must meet the standards set by the Flag State and ensure that national and international regulations are being met..

The International Chamber of Shipping has released the Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table for 2020/2021..

Another one bites the dust (well ocean floor) – Maersk Essen loses 750 containers overboard

In the latest incidence of containers falling off the ship, it has been reported that the Maersk Essen, a 10 year old mega container ship with a 13,100 TEU capacity has lost 750 containers overboard..

The Pacific Ocean is yet again the scene of this incident coming close on the heels of the ONE Apus maritime disaster in December 2020..

And yet again, heavy weather is said to be the reason for this loss as well..

ONE Apus – Container stack collapse – Update – 8th Jan 2021

The latest update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster is that the discharging operations of the remaining containers has recommenced as of the 5th of January 2021 and since the first day of container discharging at Kobe, a total of 212 boxes have been safely discharged as of the 7th January 2021..

Port and Starboard on a ship – what it means

There are several shipping jargon used in day to day business.. Port and Starboard are two such terms on a daily basis..

But not everyone is aware of the meanings and origins of these terms.. Here is an explanation..

2021 claims its first casualty – 36×40′ containers fall off Ever Liberal

The year 2021 is barely off its marks and it has already claimed its first maritime disaster casualty..

Containership EVER LIBERAL, a 7 year old UK Flagged ship was sailing from Busan, South Korea to Los Angeles in USA on the 2nd of January 2021 when it encountered heavy seas and strong winds around 20 nautical miles Southwest of Kyushu, Japan in the East China Sea..

Roles and responsibilities of Classification Societies

The business of shipping hinges on the collaboration and action of various entities.. Shipping lines, ports, customs, ship owners, ship operators, ports and many more, all work in unison to get the cargo moving around the world..

This collaboration and co-operation is critical to ensure the safety of the ships carrying the cargo and the safety of the crew members operating the ships..

The registration of a ship plays an important role in ensuring safety and security of the ship and significantly contributes towards the protection and preservation of the marine environment..

As per IMO regulations, all ships must be surveyed in order to ensure that the ships under their register/flag are structurally sound and subscribes to design and safety standards and issue certificates which establishes a ship’s seaworthiness..

The Flag State of the vessel is the party responsible for the above survey and inspection.. This is achieved through Ship Classification..

This is achieved through Ship Classification..

ONE Apus – Container stack collapse – Update – 31st Dec

The update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster as of the last day of 2020 – 31st December is that the discharging operations of the remaining containers have been proceeding steadily and since the first day of container discharging at Kobe, a total of 126 boxes have been safely discharged as of the 29th of December 2020..

ONE Apus – Container stack collapse – Update – 23rd Dec

The update on the ONE Apus maritime disaster as of the 23rd December 2020 is that discharging operations of the remaining containers have been proceeding steadily and 50 containers have been safely discharged as of December 22nd..

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