Posts from April 2018

As we outlined on 24 March, in Lukoil v Ocean Tankers ([2018] EWHC 163 (Comm)) charterers successfully identified a claim as demurrage, thus time-barring it under a standard clause. The 23 April decision in Glencore Energy v OMV ([2018] EWHC 895 (Comm)) involved a similar approach, but this time the claimant prevailed under a rarely used legal structure. The dispute concerned a sale contact but could easily have arisen under a charterparty. 
With charterparty chain issues a regular theme, judicial resistance to Arbitration appeals a traditional one and examination of post breach events an emerging one, this decision in ST Shipping & Transport Pte Ltd v Space Shipping Ltd (The "CV Stealth") (No.2) [2018] is an example of all three. 
In an appeal from a 2017 Award, the 26 March ruling in Seatrade Group NV v Hakan Agro DMCC (The “Aconcagua Bay”) 2018 is the first English High Court decision on an important question. 
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