Comite Maritime International (CMI) 2016 Conference

Tuesday, 10th May 2016

The 42nd International Conference of the CMI was held from 3 May to 6 May in New York in conjunction with the meetings of the US Maritime Law Association.

The Conference was preceded by meetings of various current CMI working groups, including the International Working groups on the review of the York Antwerp Rules and on the Polar Regions, on both of which the Group is represented. The CMI’s plenary session adopted new York Antwerp Rules 2016 which will replace the 2004 Rules. The 2004 Rules were not supported by shipowners, and rarely, if ever, used. The defects in the 2004 Rules (from shipowners’ perspective) have been satisfactorily addressed in the 2016 version following many meetings and extensive engagements within the International Working group over the past four years.

The Conference itself looked at a number of topical issues in the maritime world, including cyber security, offshore risks, cross border insolvency, the polar regions and a session for young lawyers. The Group participated in the session on the polar regions and gave a presentation on liability and compensation arising from ship sourced pollution damage in Antarctic waters.