Progress Bulk Carriers Ltd. v. Sunbulk Shipping NV (The “C. Duke”) – SMA No. 3990, 31 Dec 07

GENCON -- VESSEL ARRESTED WHILE AWAITING BERTH -- FORCE MAJEURE -- HURRICANE -- STORM -- WEATHER -- GROUNDING -- DEMURRAGE -- Owner Award Although the loading operations were uneventful, the discharge on the Mississippi River was delayed due to a recent hurricane (Katrina) as well as the threat of another hurricane (Rita). Charterers declared force majeure, and, in the event that the Panel did not agree, also argued that the demurrage claim should be reduced during an eight day period that the Vessel was under arrest. The award explains why the Panel upheld the Owners claim in full, despite the arrest and a grounding incident.
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