The Claims Review - Issue 26, September 2012

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the ITIC Claims Review, which is published to coincide with the September 2012 meeting of ITIC’s Board of Directors in London, England.

Ship owners entered an agreement to carry a number of wind turbines. They instructed one of ITIC’s naval architect members to carry out work to enable the vessel to load the highest possible number of wind turbines. The member’s...

A commercial manager fixed a ship to load two parcels of chemicals. Unfortunately, after the fixture had been confirmed, it was discovered that two cargoes which could not be stowed next to one another had been booked. Although...

ITIC has seen an increasing number of claims on its shipbroking members relating to the receipt and forwarding of messages. The following claim demonstrates the importance of accurate record keeping and the need to reconfirm...

When a tanker broker arranged a voyage charter, the recap e-mail stated that the lump sum freight was inclusive of maintaining loaded temperature. The cargo description also stated “vessel to maintain loaded temperature”. There...

Shipbrokers notified ITIC of their concern about outstanding commission owed to them by time charterers, who were widely thought to be in financial difficulties. The charterparty provided that the time charterers were obliged to...

When a vessel was attempting to leave the berth, the presence of a stowaway onboard was discovered. The ship agent immediately contacted the Immigration Authorities to ask them to remove the stowaway, but failed to notify the...

A yacht broker incorrectly marketed a yacht as having zero speed stabilisers, which it in fact did not have. The owners of the yacht brought a claim against the broker alleging that this misdescription in the run up to the summer...

A liner agent accepted, on behalf of a shipping line, a cargo of scrap plastic from the southern hemisphere to the Far East. Unfortunately the agents had previously received instructions from their principal not to accept any...

In early 2011 a ship agent at a tidal port in Japan was asked to provide a tide table to enable the owner of a ship to calculate the permissible drafts for the dates his ship was due to berth at the port. The ship agent duly...

Ship owners appointed a port agent for the call of their vessel for bunkers. The agent failed to complete the required customs formalities in time to book the berth. Unfortunately, this mistake went unnoticed until the vessel was...

Date: 28/09/2012

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