Developments

Establishing international dispute resolution laws and institutions

THE Singapore International Arbitration Centre began operations in July 1991. It was set up as an arbitral institution with the primary purposes of: (a) providing facilities for international and domestic commercial arbitration and conciliation; (b) promoting arbitration and conciliation as alternative to litigation for the settlement of commercial disputes; and (c) developing...

Adding value to shipbroking solutions

SHIPBROKERS are central players in the shipping industry. Their livelihood depends upon the web of relationships they weave around the world. They deal at the sharp end, broking between owners and charterers, or sellers and buyers of ships. As with all professions, the range of shipbrokers’ abilities and specialisations are variable within the industry and indeed within...

The documentary work of the Baltic and International Maritime Council

The documentary work of the Baltic and International Maritime Council By Grant Hunter One of the primary aims of BIMCO's documentary work is to produce charter parties and other shipping documents that strike a fair and equitable balance between the parties in a language readily understood by both. And it is BIMCO's belief that such a consistent approach to the development of...

Dubai continues to develop maritime legal expertise

LIKE much else in the business environment of the United Arab Emirates, the maritime laws are of relatively recent origin. The UAE (and particularly Dubai) has a long and rich maritime and trading tradition, but it was not until 1970, with the Sharjah maritime law, that modern legislation sought to regulate and facilitate such activities. But the real milestone in UAE maritime...

Recent changes in German transport law and their effect on maritime law

ON July 1 this year, the new German Transport Law Act entered into force. Among other things, it introduced a completely new set of regulations replacing the previous provisions of the German Code of Commerce on the carriage of goods, freight forwarding and the storage of goods. In cases where it cannot be established where the loss of or damage to the goods - or the incident...

Regional developments

Regional developments ACCORDING to a recent press report, Asian shipowners are making increasing use of regional arbitration centres. More and more, they are considering local dispute resolution services, although they are still frequent users of established arbitration centres outside the region. Excellence in regional arbitration outside the glamour centres is something we...

Repainting the mailboxes

TWENTY-five years ago, Nick Sims joined by chance what was then the British Bank of the Middle East in London because it offered £10 a year more than other banks recruiting at the time. Its operations were later merged with those of the Hongkong Bank, which has since undergone a rebranding programme to emerge as HSBC. Nick has been in Hong Kong for the past ten years and says...

The role and use of experts in marine litigation

THE role of an expert in litigation is an onerous one, carrying with it not only the privilege of being entitled to express an opinion in a court of law, but also a duty both to the court and to the expert's client. In an adversarial system, it is difficult for an expert to resist being drawn into an adversarial role. But independence, objectivity and integrity, as well as...

Proper planning essential to port development funding

PORT development is viewed worldwide as a necessary component of economic expansion both in developed and still-emerging jurisdictions. Consequently, drawing boards from South America to Asia are laden with plans for port privatisation, development and modernisation. In view of the substantial funding that will be needed for such projects and the new opportunities they will...

TAIWAN CONTINUES ITS INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT

TAIWAN is the Mediterranean of the Far East. The people there are generally warm, gregarious and extremely hospitable. Taipei at first glance looks like a chaotic and dirty city, dominated by motorcycles and the manufacture of cheap electronic goods. But behind this facade lies a proud nation with a strong identity and a rich culture. And beyond the smoke of the city is an...

Indonesia encourages shipping investment

INDONESIA - Indonesia encourages shipping investment Dyah Soewito and Michael D Twomey, of Indonesia-based Soewito, Suhardiman, Eddymurthy & Kardono, look at the conduct of shipping business by foreign shipping companies in Indonesia AS Indonesia consist of over 13,000 islands, water transportation plays a vital role in not only the running of its economy, but also in the...

Up close and personal

A NUMBER of interesting developments have arisen recently in the personal injury area in the United States. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, recently ruled that the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) applies based on where a fatal injury was incurred and not where the negligent act occurred. This means DOHSA can...

Mexico looks to the future

THREE major problems dominate current thinking on the Mexican maritime industry: (1) the lack of waterfront space to accommodate an expansion of facilities, (2) a lack of competition, and (3) high costs. Mexico occupies a strategic geographical position. A high proportion of its seaborne trade moves through the Panama Canal, and the Mexican authorities are currently looking at...

Canals and courts

UNDOUBTEDLY the most important development in Panama last year, from a maritime standpoint, was the assumption by the government of Panama of full responsibility for the operation, maintenance and control of the Panama Canal. December 31, 1999, was the date provided for in the various treaties and understandings entered into between Panama and the United States for the...

The Admiralty Solicitors Group

LONDON is synonymous with maritime law, not least because of its long pedigree as an international centre for shipowning, operating, broking, insurance and finance. There are, as a result, more admiralty lawyers in London than in any other city in the world. In 1972, a handful of the most influential of the solicitor firms specialising in this area formed the City of London...