Welcome to this edition of the claims review. Following a number of requests we have produced this as an electronic document.
There have been several recent issues of significance to some Members, and these are included here as loss prevention articles, along with the usual range of claims experiences.
We would ask that you circulate the claims review widely among your staff.
LNG - Safety @ Sea?
MEMBERS MAY have seen reports in the shipping press regarding the worldwide shortage of LNGtrained crew and the effect that this may have on safety. A major concern has been that commercialpressures have led not...
A SHIP MANAGER received a formal notice of claim from a firm of solicitors representing a ship’s engineer. The letter of claim explained that this gentlemen had been employed by the ship manager some 30 years previously when he...
An update on crew scams
THE CLUB first issued a circular as long ago as 1989 on the subject of ship agents being used by unscrupulous migrant smugglers to move illegal immigrants around the world. The Club continues to receive notfications from Members...
Arbitrating Commission Claims
THE CLUB has been making increasing use of developments in English law that allow ship brokers to use arbitration to collect unpaid commission. In Nisshan Shipping Co. Ltd v Cleaves & Co., the court ruled that, although the...
Three cases of North and South
THE CLUB recently handled two claims where the error involved a mistake by an agent over whether the ship or cargo should proceed in a north or southbound direction. The third claim in this section involved the question of...
Steel pipes & oil tanks
THE CLUB has dealt with a number of recent claims involving surveyors. One surveyor was instructed to oversee the lashing of steel pipes. Unfortunately, the pipes were damaged on the voyage. The Club defended the claim that the...