Helene A Sironneau

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Court of Appeal decision confirms that Article IV(5) of Hague Rules does not apply to bulk and liquid cargoes
United Kingdom | 05 December 2018

A recent Court of Appeal decision concerned a claim by charterers against disponent owners in respect of contaminated fish oil in bulk carried on board a tanker. The owners accepted liability for the damaged cargo, but argued that they were entitled to limit their liability under Article IV(5) of the Hague Rules. However, the court confirmed that Article IV(5) does not apply to bulk and liquid cargoes; therefore, a carrier cannot limit liability for such cargoes under the Hague Rules.