The COVID-19 outbreak has been affecting supply chains worldwide and significantly impacting global trade and the maritime industry, including the offshore sector. As new regulations to handle the COVID-19 crisis have been issued on a daily basis, it is paramount that owners, charterers, traders and port operators keep a close eye on legal developments.
Local authorities in Colombia have found themselves facing the same dilemma that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing everywhere: how to protect public health while at the same time maintaining the operation of commercial activities and the flow of necessary goods to the greatest extent possible. To this end, the Colombian National Maritime Authority has been following International Maritime Organisation guidance and a number of regulations have been issued at the domestic level.
The Danish High Court recently addressed whether legal proceedings against a Danish shipping company, which had contracted to carry containers from China to Copenhagen, could proceed in Denmark irrespective of the fact that the claimant and the shipping company had agreed that the dispute should be heard exclusively by the UK High Court. The Danish High Court decided that the case could nevertheless be heard in the substance by the Danish courts.
The COVID-19 crisis is now several weeks old and the world finds itself in an unprecedented situation both from a health and an economic perspective. This article examines how the shipping industry can manage its supply chain in the current situation and with particular focus on planning ahead for the stage when the current trade restrictions are lifted.
The Supreme Court recently upheld the decision of the Agrigento Criminal Court in the Sea-Watch 3 case. The appeal decision has given a clear and straightforward interpretation of the concept of 'place of safety' in search and rescue operations: the rescuing vessel cannot be deemed a place of safety.