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Laytime and demurrage in wet cargo trade

February 7 2018 For those in the business of shipping, delays can be costly. It is common practice for shipowners to charter vessels in return for freight. When…

Maritime insurance claims: limiting insurers' liability

October 4 2017 A marine insurance contract is one of indemnity: the insurer agrees to indemnify the insured to an extent, in a manner agreed by both parties…

Supreme Court overrules previous case law on service outside jurisdiction

October 10 2018 In a watershed decision, the Supreme Court appears to have overruled itself on the question of what constitutes 'outside jurisdiction' in relation to…

Vessel delays due to COVID-19: who bears the costs?

June 10 2020 The president recently announced that only cargo vessels which have been at sea for more than 14 days can dock in Nigerian ports. The 14 days referred…

Legal limits of armed guards on board ships

January 16 2019 Voyaging in West African waters, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, is considered dangerous and raises the question of whether shipowners are entitled…

Shipping loans and collateral damage

October 21 2020 Shipping finance transactions are characterised by peculiar risk factors principally on account of shipping assets' transient operations. The…

Judicial saga of crew wage claims

June 24 2020 In a recent ruling concerning a claim for crew wages, the National Industrial Court held that Section 254C(1)(a) of the Constitution clearly vests the…

Vessel delays due to COVID-19: who bears the costs?

June 10 2020 The president recently announced that only cargo vessels which have been at sea for more than 14 days can dock in Nigerian ports. The 14 days referred…

Demystifying ship arrests in Nigeria

January 29 2020 Persons claiming against Ships should be careful to comply with the detailed procedural requirements, otherwise valid claims may be compromised by the…

What do caveats have to do with ships?

November 6 2019 A caveat registered in the courts serves to prevent a ship's arrest by committing to pay a bond for any sum claimed against the ship which is equal to…