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Meana Green Maura & Co | Spain | 7 Sep 2021

Shipping: Spain

"It is undeniable that Spain has a privileged geographical position in the world. Being located at the gates of the Mediterranean Sea, with access to the Atlantic Sea, the Gulf of Biscay..."

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Meana Green Maura & Co | Spain | 3 May 2019

Shipping in Spain

This interview discusses the increasing global shift towards tackling corrupt practices in business; addressing climate change; and taking proactive measures against states that breach international law, sponsor global terrorism and possess weapons of mass destruction.
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Meana Green Maura & Co | 21 May 2003

Supreme Court Takes a Major Step Back

A recent Supreme Court decision has revived uncertainty with regard to the nature of the one-year period within which an action based on a bill of lading must be initiated under the Hague/Visby rules. Although the issue did not prove decisive in the case at hand, the court remarked, in a departure from previous case law, that this period is essentially a time bar.
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Meana Green Maura & Co | 12 Feb 2003

Courts Differ Over Validity of Service of Summons to Shipping Agents

The Spanish courts permit the service of summons on a foreign shipowner at the premises of its Spanish shipping agent if the agent acts as the shipowner’s general representative. The position is less clear, however, in cases where a shipping agent acted on the shipowner’s behalf only for the specific operation which gave rise to the claim.
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Meana Green Maura & Co | 11 Dec 2002

Stowaway Penalty no Longer Applied for Negligence

The State Ports and Merchant Navy Act provides for the imposition of fines on the captain and ship owner in the event of a refusal to keep a stowaway on board a vessel until he or she can be dealt with by the authorities. However, in recent years the courts have refused to penalize negligent behaviour which permitted the escape of stowaways.
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Meana Green Maura & Co | 31 Jul 2002

The Arrest of a Vessel for Maritime Claims

The International Convention Relating to the Arrest of Sea-Going Ships allows the arrest of vessels for certain maritime claims. This is simple enough when the person liable for the claim is also the vessel's owner. This update explains the problems that may arise where a vessel is acquired by a genuine purchaser after the maritime claim arose but before the arrest is made.
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Meana Green Maura & Co | 12 Jun 2002

The Validity of Jurisdiction Clauses in Bills of Lading

Clauses submitting to foreign jurisdiction on bills of lading have begun to become acceptable to Spanish courts if they refer specifically to European jurisdictions. This change is a result of the European Court of Justice's interpretation of Article 17 of the 1968 Brussels Convention.
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