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Legalseas – latest publication
In our latest Legalseas publication we provide analysis and commentary on the recent judgment of the Piraeus Bank AE v Antares Underwriting Ltd (and others) case. The decision concerned the extent of mortgagee interest insurance following the detention of the vessel ZouZou, in Venezuela for 14 months. The court confirmed that the mortgagee interest insurance policy was secondary to the War Risks Policy and so in this case the policy did not act as the backstop a mortgagee may have assumed.
You can read all our articles in the ‘Recent insights’ section below.
Sustainability-linked loans: Practical observations and thoughts
Sustainability linked loans (SLLs) have become increasingly popular in financings. This article looks at some practical observations and considerations for lenders in relation to the main characteristics, principles and elements to consider in relation to sustainability-linked loans.
Decarbonising shipping: Where are we now?
Regulators have yet to force the sector to decarbonise, but larger shipping lines and operators are planning for a low-carbon future
EU Green Deal and Maritime Fuel
As we reported here, in July 2021, the EU published its update to the ‘green deal’, known as “Fit for 55” in reference to the 55% reduction in carbon emissions targeted for 2030.
EU ETS and Shipping
On 14 July, the EU Commission’s draft legislation to update the Green Deal, “Fit for 55” (referring to the 55% target reduction in carbon emissions by 2035) was released, containing a number of proposals which could impact the maritime sector.
Conflicting views: Mortgagees v charterers
For the past 10 months, COVID-19 has exacerbated conditions for owners in worsening market conditions and heightened the risk of confrontation between their mortgagees and charterers, two groups who rarely meet unless trouble is brewing.
Drafting notes from the Miracle Hope: the meaning of forthwith
A judgment of the High Court in London earlier this year considered, amongst other things, the correct interpretation of the term “forthwith.”
COVID-19 and bill of lading fraud
Times of economic crisis have historically often flushed out frauds and other unscrupulous dealings which may not otherwise have been discovered in normal economic conditions. It appears that the COVID-19 pandemic, together with other economic factors such as depressed oil prices, are no exception.
Preliminary trends in arbitration in the shipping sector in light of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in court access in many jurisdictions being severely curtailed. Certain jurisdictions are permitting urgent matters to proceed, often by way of telephone or videoconference.
The Collision Regulations and Autonomous Shipping
In the May 2019 edition of Legalseas, we reflected on the implication of the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge (Evergreen) when considering the interaction (and interpretation) of the Collision Regulations (COLREGs) (specifically the crossing rule (Rule 15) and narrow channel rule (Rule 9)) in circumstances when they appeared to conflict.
Energy transition: Transforming change into opportunity
While global demand for energy continues to rise, increasing pressure to support the decarbonisation of the industry has...
Future of transport
Transitioning the sector to environment-friendly fuelled-transport modes will require significant investment and time.