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17 May 2017

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17th May 2017

Daiichi wins landmark Ocean Victory case

The UK supreme court has ruled in favour of shipowner Daiichi in the case arising from the loss of Ocean Victory, the capsize bulker at Kashima in Japan 2006.

It unanimously dismissed insurer Gard and China National Chartering Co’s appeals in respect of claims against the Japanese shipowner, reaffirming the earlier court of appeal decision that the port of Kashima was not unsafe and that the grounding and total loss of the 171,000-dwt ship (built 2006) was the result of an abnormal occurrence.

The court ruled that the Barecon charter party form contained an agreed insurance funded solution between the owners and bareboat charterers, with the result that there was no liability that Gard could seek to pass on. Daiichi had sublet the ship from China National Chartering.

The court also said charters could not seek to limit their liability to a shipowner for damage caused to a chartered vessel relying on the 1976 IMO Convention for Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims.

With this in mind, Gerard Hopkins, the partner at MFB who leaded Daiichi’s successful legal team has argued that owners and operators of bareboat-chartered tonnage may need to consider amending their contractual arrangements. Further to this, he raised the point that Bimco may also have to consider re-writing the insurance provisions of the Barecon form.

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Baltmed reefer abandoned after hitting an iceberg

A Uruguay Reefer has been abandoned by its crew after taking on water. MacroPress news agency have reported the 520,767-cbf reefer (built in 1993) suffered serious sea ingress into cargo holds on the 5th of May and tried to reach the Falkland Islands for emergency repairs. However, the crew of 42 were unable to stop the water coming in and transferred to another Baltmed vessel on Sunday.

The cause of the incident is yet to be confirmed, but the master said the vessel was damaged after hitting an unidentified floating ice formation.

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Owner and staff jailed over ferry sinking

Dhaka’s (Bangladesh) marine court has found a ferry owner and nine staff guilty of causing the Coco-4 ferry to capsize in Bangladesh in 2009. The accident killed 81 people and others said to be missing.

Judge Begum Shammi Hasina Parvin handed down four year jail terms to workers and ordered the vessel’s owner Rahman Shipyard to pay BDT 480,000 ($5,882) in compensation to the victims’ families. The convicted men include the master and some other crew, plus clerks and inspectors.

Shipping minister Shajahan Khan told news agencies that officials had locked the ferry’s exit gate as it approached the shore to find out whether anyone was travelling without a ticket. This supposedly triggered a stampede, causing the boat to tip.

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Bulker attack thwarted off Iran

A bulker has evaded a pirate attack involving four boats off Iran. The incident happened on the 7th of May, 12 nautical miles south-west of Bandar-e-Jask, the IMB’s piracy reporting centre said.

The duty officer on the vessel, which was underway at the time, noticed three skiffs approaching. Further to this, a suspected mothership was also seen astern two miles away. As the skiffs closed, the crew observed pirates holding ladders.

The alarm was raised, while the bulker increased speed and launched evasive manoeuvres. The crew contacted the port of Ras al Khor, which alerted the Iranian navy.

About 20 minutes later, the Iranian navy called on the bulker to alter course again. The skiffs aborted the chase at this point. All crew are said to be safe.

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Fire hits product tanker at AL Hamiriyah port, Indian seafarer killed

An Indian seafarer has died after a fire broke out on a product tanker, identified as Ebrahim 1, on Saturday morning at Al Hamiriyah in Sharjah, UAE. An explosion occurred starting a fire causing the vessel to break in two.

21 crew were on board, 16 managed to evacuate unharmed. Sharjah Civil Defence responded to the fire, and found one crew member deceased and four suffering from burns.

Fire fighters managed to put out the fire within 40 minutes of the explosion and have controlled the diesel spill which occurred.

All 4 individuals who were injured are reported to be in a stable condition.

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Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino begins 16 year jail sentence for shipwreck

The captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner has begun a 16-year jail sentence for wrecking the ship in a disaster that killed 32 people. Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in 2015 when he veered too close to the shore of Tuscany, resulting in the ship colliding with rocks.

Despite the conviction, he had avoided jail by going through a series of appeals. The Costa Concordia had more than 4,000 people on board when it crashed onto a reef near the coastline. Schettino was labelled “captain coward” for abandoning ship shortly after the accident while passengers struggled to escape.

Family members of the victims have expressed relief now that Schettino is finally behind bars. The ruling today marked the end of the appeals process, in which prosecutors had pushed for a higher 27-year sentence while Schettino’s lawyers asked for the conviction to be overturned.

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