Editorial

Issue 6 of The Maritime Advocate

WELCOME to issue 6 of The Maritime Advocate, in which you will find a broad range of articles from around the world. We focus, among other things, on the maritime litigation system in mainland China and ship finance in the Far East, preview the ICMA congress in New Zealand, take a look at ship registration in the UAE, at labour law in Panama and maritime recruitment in the UK...

The seventh issue of the Maritime Advocate

IN this, the seventh issue of the Maritime Advocate, we have broken our own rules, or at least - as Mae West once said - cracked them a little. We started life, in October 1997, with a clear objective to write a truly international magazine for maritime lawyers and arbitrators and for those who use their services. We weren't going to ignore the US and the UK, but we were going...

We have further increased our growing body of readers and contributors

THANK YOU for subscribing to and reading The Maritime Advocate.With this, our eighth edition, we have further increased our growing body of readers and contributors. We are always interested in good copy, and we invite readers to submit articles for consideration. Better still, pick up the telephone and talk to us about your ideas, or send us an email. Our aim is to make...

WE celebrated our second birthday at the USMLA Fall meeting

WE celebrated our second birthday at the USMLA Fall meeting in Orlando last month. Since the launch of the magazine two years ago, we have kept to our aim of trying to make maritime law more accessible to our readers. Many of you tell us what an easy and enjoyable read it is. With so much competition in terms of physical reading matter that passes across our desks every day,...

WELL, we all survived

WELL, we all survived. Y2K did not destroy the fabric of our lives, not even the computers that help to produce this glossy magazine. Nor did it bring the capitals of the world to a standstill on new year's eve. Happy millennium year to you all. We can now breathe a collective sigh of relief and move on from all the hype. As we go to press, the talks in Northern Ireland appear...

VARIETY is the spice of life

VARIETY is the spice of life. In this issue you will find a wide range of topics, from the changing face of maritime law in China to the small print of the new Incoterms, from the jurisdictional outreach of Puerto Rico to the liability worries of logistics providers in the port of Antwerp. We look at the changing face of Hong Kong, and at the very different face of Singapore....

We have plenty of readers of both sexes

OUR research shows that we have plenty of readers of both sexes. (I'm assuming there are still only two to choose from). We do not show any gender bias in our editorial, because we have none. Just occasionally, though, we like to offer those of our readers who are members of the so-called fairer sex some well-intentioned advice. So here is some. "Have dinner ready. Plan ahead...

Issue of the magazine brings you news, stories and features

AS always, this issue of the magazine brings you news, stories and features from all around the globe. The international maritime community is a small one. Everyone seems to know, or at least know of, everyone else. A need to understand the different cultures in which we work is crucial to success. That may seem obvious. But how many of us read up on the history and research...

HELLO and welcome to the fourteenth edition of The Maritime Advocate

HELLO and welcome to the fourteenth edition of The Maritime Advocate. As you already know, we work hard to open a window on the world of maritime law for you. In this issue for the first time we bring you features from Iceland and Korea as well as a special focus on maritime law in South America. Gregory Timagenis, who appears on the front cover, has written an article on...

THE beginning of the year is a natural time for reflection and planning for new beginnings

THE beginning of the year is a natural time for reflection and planning for new beginnings. I don't think it's an overstatement to say that the world order changed last year. We have all read enough articles and editorials to agree that, at the very least, the events of September 11 made us rethink our priorities. In this issue we cover the USMLA fall meeting in San Diego at...

Letter to the Editor

I WRITE further to your Lost Cause article in Issue 5 of the Maritime Advocate, to set the record straight. The article entitled Warning on New York Arbitration, published in the April 1998 edition of the North of England P&I Association newsletter SIGNALS, was written to draw our members' attention to the fact (of which I and my colleagues were previously unaware) that it...

Welcome...

WELCOME to the last issue of 2003. Some time ago we introduced two new regular features to The Maritime Advocate – Web Watch and Delegates Diary. From the feedback we have received these have proved very popular additions to the magazine providing readers with reviews of interesting, and not so interesting, websites and an at-a-glance guide to conferences and seminars....

Editor's Column - I am opening this column with the words ‘Happy New Year’

IT seems incredible that once again I am opening this column with the words ‘Happy New Year’. As I’m sure many of you will agree, it feels like only yesterday that we were celebrating the dawn of a new millennium and here we are welcoming in 2004. New Year is traditionally a time of looking back and looking forward. 2003 was another busy year for the Maritime Advocate with the...

Editor's Column - Aims to try and reduce the risk of terrorism by implementing a framework

SINCE the events of September 11, the threat of terrorist attack has become the new focus for the global shipping industry. The recent horrific scenes from Madrid only go to show just how real that threat is. The ISPS Code, due to come into force in July this year, aims to try and reduce the risk of terrorism by implementing a framework through which ships and ports can...

Editor's Column - tradespeople are the happiest workers, with florists, chefs and plumbers

HOW many of you can honestly say that you haven’t thought about giving up your desk job for something more hands-on? Or dreamed about setting up that little hotel in the Tuscan hills? It is a common misconception that high-earning jobs give the greatest career satisfaction. In fact, according to a recent study carried out by UK body City & Guilds, tradespeople are the...