Category: English Maritime Cases

Glencore International AG v. MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA – EWCA Civ 365, 24 May 2017

ERS – BILL OF LADING – CARGO DISCHARGE TO WRONG RECEIVER After 69 uneventful deliveries, the 70th delivery was misappropriated when delivering against an electronic release system (ERS) rather than in exchange for a B/L or Delivery Order. fter 69 deliveries, discharge of the 70th shipment saw 2 of 3 containers misappropriated.  Glencore claimed damages against MSC for breach of contract, bailment and conversion when MSC delivered the cargo without requiring the B/L or a Delivery Order in exchange for it.  The B/L provided, “If this is a negotiable (To Order/of) Bill of Lading, one original Bill of Lading, duly...
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

London Arbitration 21/17

SHELLTIME 4 - EARLY REDELIVERY - RENUNCIATORY / REPUDIATORY BREACH - DAMAGES Charterer’s daily hire payments were delayed or missed.  Then, when Charterer told Owner via email that it would like to cancel the Charter Party, Owner accepted Charterer’s alleged repudiatory breach and claimed for damages.  Charterer disputed damages were due.
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

London Arbitration 16/17

TIME CHARTER – OFF-HIRE FOR CLEANING OF HOLDS AFTER DISCHARGE – PROLONGED PORT STAY – SPEED AND CONSUMPTION When charterer’s cargo got wet and was compacted during discharge, extensive cleaning of the holds was required.  During the cleaning, 2 cleaning machines were damaged.  Charterer disputed the time spent cleaning and the cost to repair the damaged machines.  Further, charterer claimed underperformance which owner disputed on the basis that it resulted from the extensive stay in warm waters whilst cleaning. he following arbitral proceedings arose from the carriage of sulphur out of Ust-Luga, Russia under an amended NYPE form charter party...
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

London Arbitration 18/17

STEMMOR 83 - VOYAGE CHARTER - ACCORD AND SATISFACTION - DETENTION - CUSTOMARY ANCHORAGE - NOR VALIDITY - MARKET RATE VS DEMURRAGE RATE - BUNKER COSTS When charterer directed the vessel to cease loading, as she had originally been directed not to start loading until directed by charterer, additional expenses were incurred by owner which owner claimed from charterer.  Then, at the disport the vessel was directed to wait outside the port and not tender NOR till directed.  Owner subsequently claimed this delay as damages rather than as demurrage and at a rate higher than the demurrage rate.
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

Vitol SA v Beta Renewable Group SA – QBD (Comm Ct), 7 July 2017

SALES CONTRACT - RENUNCIATORY BREACH - FAILURE TO NOMINATE VESSEL - OBLIGATION TO DELIVER When FOB seller indicated an inability to provide cargo, buyer did not nominate a vessel and later, formally accepted seller’s breach.  Seller claimed the non-nomination was an oversight which alleviated it from having to provide the cargo.  Damages claimed by Buyer were basis losses calculated by reference to hedging or alternatively, market value.
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

Dainford Navigation Inc v PDVSA Petroleo SA (The “Moscow Stars”) – QBD (Comm Ct), 2 August 2017

TIME CHARTER - FAILURE TO PAY HIRE - ORDER FOR SALE OF CARGO When the vessel was sat by charterer for an extensive period of time with late or non-payment of hire, the Court was tasked with determining whether they had the power to implement an order for the sale of charterer’s cargo and whether they should.
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

London Arbitration 20/17

TIME CHARTER - NYPE - DURATION - OPTION TO EXTEND Basis verbiage in a pro forma recap, charterer argued for a 15 days extension of the time charter.  Owner disagreed that an extension was due, pointing to the ultimate recap which did not reference the extension.
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

Gard Shipping AS v Clearlake Shipping Pte Ltd – QBD (Comm Ct), 12 May 2017

CHARTERPARTY – EXTENSIVE DELAY AT DISPORT - ESCALATION FROM DEMURRAGE RATE TO DETENTION RATE – BUNKER COST - WAITING TIME – FLOATING STORAGE The vessel tendered its NOR upon arrival at the disport and after no further instructions were given by Charterer she waited 64 days before discharging. Owner claimed Charterer used the vessel as floating storage and applied a clause in the C/P enabling demurrage to be charged at an escalating rate. Charterer countered by stating the 64 days were to be charged as ordinary laytime and demurrage.
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

London Arbitration 17/17

CLAIM FOR DETENTION - ASSESSMENT OF ACTUAL LOSS - WHETHER DEMURRAGE RATE USED FOR CALCULATION OF DAMAGES TO BE GROSS OR NET OF COMMISSION After sitting at the agreed upon discharge port for an extended period charterer directed the vessel to a disport not included in the fixture recap. Upon the ultimate completion of discharge owner presented charterer with a claim for detention which utilized the agreed demurrage rate. The panel would be tasked at both determining the validity of the claim and the appropriate rate to be used.  
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.

London Arbitration 13/17

WEATHER DELAY - HOLIDAY, SHINC, & SATURDAY - AWAIT DOCUMENTS ONBOARD - ONCE ON DEMURRAGE, ALWAYS ON DEMURRAGE - DETENTION - BURDEN OF PROOF Charterer disputed owner’s demurrage calculations with weather reports. Owner disputed that the documents onboard allowance was due as the relevant clause referenced laytime and whilst awaiting documents the vessel was on demurrage. Charterer claimed both a holiday and a holiday on a Saturday should be deducted from time counting. Finally, charterer requested a documents onboard allowance whereas owner implied, “once on demurrage, always on demurrage.”
To access this content, you must either Log In or Subscribe.