Shipping Law


The main intention of the author of the present title, Alfredo C. Robles, Jr. was to provide good coverage of the principal decision made during the Tribunal court held in South China Sea Arbitration in connection with operating of the law enforcement vessels in a manner that led to the potential collision with the ships belonging to the Philippine fleet back in 2012.

The detailed explanation of the provisions of the COLREG has been provided together with the incidents, involving the layperson’s terminology. The author has presented a detailed analysis of the violations which were done by the China vessels of the aforementioned collision prevention regulations based on the content of the previously classified documentation as well as the outcome of the technical works conducted by the experts in the field.

The research made by the author is really impressive as the sources of information used when preparing this report included numerous documents and reports in five languages, contributing in the holistic picture of what did happen and why. The volume will be interesting not only to the marine lawyers but actually to anybody willing to keep in the loop of the happenings in the industry and their underlying reasons.

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Even there can still be some minor discrepancy in the numbers, depending on the information source used, more than seven hundred ocean-going vessels are scraped every year. In most cases, this process takes places somewhere on the seashore of the Indian area.

It should be noted, however, that the vessels normally have different hazardous materials contained in their structure; also, these substances can exist within the wastes generated by the vessel during the passages. Since the process of scraping is traditionally manual, this means that the people involved are in danger.

In fact, there was not too much of attention paid to the shipbreaking problem in the past, and only some ten years ago the relative international treaty was released and ratified to target the potential harm to the people as well as the marine environment, considering the pollution.

The efforts made by the industry professionals to regulate same through the Basel Convention have eventually led to the absolutely different opinions on the applicability of the subject document. The second big success was the presentation and adoption of the Hong Kong Convention to help implement the effective controls.

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This is the sixth edition of one of the most popular titles on the maritime law. The publication features a truly exhaustive coverage of all topics and will be excellent for both the newcomers to the world of law and the experienced specialists. Note that all latest changes in the legislation are duly reflected in the pages of this publication. There are thirteen main sections in this book and it opens with the one explaining the ship ownership and registration.

It is followed by the sections on the ship mortgage and ship sale, contracts for the new construction of the ships, bills of lading and charter parties, maritime claims and admiralty jurisdiction, sovereign immunity etc. the second half of the volume deals with such important areas as the ship collision and salvage, towage of the vessels, pollution of the marine environment caused by the oil spills, limitation of the liability, pilotage, and passengers.

The tables of cases, international conventions, and legislation are also included. The appendices to the main content provide additional information, including the texts of the several conventions, protocols, acts, agreements and standard forms. This is a must-have for all lawyers involved in the maritime industry.

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We all know that for the decades, the energy efficiency of the vessels has been one of the most serious concerns for both the owners and the charterers. We can say that the operational efficiency is made of the different factors, each of them pointing in one direction, and each of them shall be considered as necessary.

Traditionally, the performance of the vessel has been reflected within the associated charter party, being directly connected with the speed as well as the fuel consumption during the voyage. The idea of the authors of this volume was to provide industry with some professional insight in this regard.

The readers will find useful solutions to be applied when addressing the relevant term in their contracts, coming to the energy efficiency. The authors have included the results of the thorough analysis of the major law concepts, discussing them and applying both economic and commercial approaches.

The whole chartering process has been covered, with the focus made on the shipping industry of today. In fact, the authors have managed to brilliantly fill the existing knowledge gap, giving readers the information that was quite difficult to find or just not existing. It is a genuine treasure for the people engaged in the EEDI activities.

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The essential idea of the international conventions that are governing the maritime transportation industry of today is limiting the carrier’s liability, and this is what the present book is dealing with. Apart from the introductory part, the content of the volume is arranged in three pain parts.

The first part gives some interesting historical background – according to the author, good understanding of it will serve as a foundation for better catching the processes taking place today – here you will read about the liability limitation, willful misconduct and its roots.

The second part if devoted to the subject of the willful misconduct as applied to the transportation industry, particular maritime transportation; however, the conventions providing the regulatory framework for the other transportation types have also been paid attention here.

Finally, the third part of the book is dealing with the proof and concept of fault, concentrating on such important aspects as causation and degrees of fault. The publication is an absolutely must have for the people with the professional interest in the transportation law owing to the amount and quality of the information and knowledge it offers.

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People need vessels and will always be connected with shipping. Nowadays, fuel is transported by sea and the oil tankers and LNG/LPG carriers provide necessary resources for generating energy feeding our homes. This is an absolutely excellent publication for those studying or interested in the shipping law. The container vessels transport different types of goods including food, while the reefers actively ship various raw materials.

The maritime shipping law is at the base of everything done in the industry starting from concluding the new construction contracts up to and including the fuel supplies to the working vessels, bills of lading, employment of the people to work on board and many others. That is why it is deservedly treated as the integral part of the life of any single human engaged in the shipping industry. This book starts with the chapter on the ship ownership, covering the property and legal titles, ship registration, jurisdiction and many other important aspects.

The legal aspects of charter-parties, time-charter and bareboat charter parties, and bills of lading are dealt with in the next three chapters. The remaining chapters address the major conventions governing the marine transportation of cargo, general average, collision, environment pollution, limitation of liability and other aspects.

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This second edition of the popular marine insurance law publication was prepared and released with the aim to introduce and clearly explain all important matters that are normally covered within the courses for masters; the students and people new to the area will be offered a remarkably accessible and comprehensive overview of this part of the maritime law.

The publication opens with the brief but informative introduction to the essential principles of the maritime law as well as formation and structure of the maritime shipping insurance contracts. Then, the author proceeds to the individual considerations, giving their detailed explanation. Among the topics covered there are insurable interest, fraudulent claims, fair presentation of the associated risks, reinsurance, marine perils and many other aspects.

The content of this edition is revised to reflect the significant changes that were presented within the Insurance Act 2015; in addition, there are several newly introduced appendices that contain information about the applicable regulations and give some example clauses that have been taken from the real maritime insurance contract and included for reference.

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In this fourth edition of the publication its authors keep providing people engaged in handling the shipping related disputed in different jurisdictions with a professional overview of the most important issues that are related to each of the jurisdictions. The content of the book has been developed on the basis of the valuable contributions from the major flag state authorities and leading shipping companies.

There are several completely new chapters included in the book; they cover the law of the main centers of shipbuilding. The book opens with the cross-jurisdictional chapters where the authors look into the recent developments in the most critical areas of the maritime industry. Subject areas would typical include shipbuilding and operations, maritime piracy, maritime ports, major environmental issues, logistics, regulations and many others.

The marine insurance has been paid particular attention. Note that there is also a new chapter addressing the offshore industry – here the authors are making an effort to demystify the complicated contractual relationship in the offshore sector. The review of the safety regimes in different countries has been provided, together with the port state control, classification and registration…

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