Tuesday, 10th May 2016

Comite Maritime International (CMI) 2016 Conference

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.

Download Antarctic presentation - New York CMI May 2016
18 Jun 2020

Updated Industry Guidelines on the Carriage of Seed Cake in Containers

The carriage of Seed Cake cargoes continues to cause confusion and the potential for mis-declaration remains high - with the consequent risk of fire on board container ships. Seed Cake is the term used for pulp, cake, pellets, expellers or other cargo where oil has been removed from oil-bearing seeds, cereals or commodities with similar properties, including all such types of seed meal. It is principally used as an ingredient in animal feeds.
22 May 2020

International Group clubs respond to the US Government sanctions guidance for maritime and related industries.

On 14 May 2020 the US issued a Global Maritime Advisory (“Guidance”) aimed at a range of industry sectors including marine insurers such as P&I clubs, shipowners and charterers.