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Argentine Tall Ship Released, Welcomed Home

Libertad: Photo credit Wki CCL DagosNavy

Argentine naval training ship, 'ARA Libertad' which was detained in Ghana for more than two months has arrived back home. The Libertad had been seized following legal action by an investment company trying to recover money still owed after Argentina's 2002 debt default. Thousands of people lined the shore as it arrived in Mar del Plata, three weeks after a United Nations court ordered its release from Ghana reports BBC News. The lengthy diplomatic row over the Libertad began when the ship was prevented from leaving Ghana on 2 October 2012, after a local court ruled in favour of financial fund NML Capital. Last month, the UN Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Ghana to release the ship, arguing that it had immunity because it was a military vessel, and Libertad sailed shortly afterwards. Source: BBC News  


Rowan Wins Against BP in Gorilla V Contract Dispute

Rowan Companies, Inc. reported that the English Court has given a comprehensive judgement in its favor in proceedings between its subsidiary, British American Offshore Limited (BAO) and Amoco (UK) Exploration Company (Amoco). The court found that Amoco's case "fails on the facts at every point", and dismissed in its entirety Amoco's claim that it had been entitled, in January 1999, to terminate its drilling contract with BAO for the use of the jack-up


Spanish Court Orders Search of Ships

A Spanish court has ordered police to capture and search two vessels belonging to a Florida firm that recently announced it had found a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean laden with an estimated $500m worth of Colonial-era treasure. The court in the southern port city of Cadiz instructed police to capture the vessels should they leave the British colony of Gibraltar, on Spain's southern tip, and enter Spanish waters. The reports came out late Tuesday night after the court had closed and it was


U.S. court upholds British Arbitration Award

In an unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court’s confirmation of a British arbitration award in favor of a protection and indemnity (P&I) club against plaintiff seamen. Acting on behalf of the seamen, a law firm sued States Steamship Company for alleged asbestos-related injuries. When States, which was in bankruptcy, did not answer, plaintiffs obtained a default judgment


USMMA Alumni Eviction Upheld in Federal Court

Academy demands that Alumni Association immediately vacate premises; court orders parties to work out details by end of business of Friday, May 10th.   The eviction of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association has been affirmed by a Long Island federal court. Jim Forde ‘88, Esq., AAF Board of Directors, said in a prepared statement today, “We regret to inform everyone that the court denied our motion for an injunction


Sainty Marine in Troubles Waters

 Image: Sainty Marine

 Financially troubled Chinese shipbuilder Sainty Marine has announced Bank of China and China Exim Bank have frozen its bank accounts.   Shenzhen-listed Sainty Marine has also announced that it has reached an agreement with Dutch ship investment firm, Universal Marine, for the cancellation of four 2,350teu containerships.   Universal Marine ordered the vessels at Sainty Marine in March 2014, however, it has been unable to secure the financing to start the newbuilding project


Activists Want Exxon-Mobil Deal Stalled Over Spill

A group of activists have proposed that the merger of Exxon and Mobil be halted until Exxon pays a $5 billion court-ordered settlement to thousands of people affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The appeal was linked to the oil spill's 10th anniversary on March 24 and the start of the 16th biennial International Oil Spill Conference in Seattle. The event is sponsored by the USCG, EPA, IMO and International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association.


Hyundai Heavy Reports Q3 Results

According to Reuters, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. reported a net profit in the third quarter because of more profitable orders and one-off gains from an accounting change. Earnings at South Korean shipbuilders, which dominate the global market, are set to improve due to falling steel plate prices and a more stable South Korean won. But analysts are concerned vessel prices could weaken in the coming quarters due to sluggish global trading volumes and as Chinese shipyards boost capacity


Writ Issued Protesting Transocean Shutdown Order

Petrobras files writ of mandamus against an injunction suspending Transocean's activities in waters offshore Brazil. (Mandamus is an extraordinary writ commanding an official to perform a ministerial act that the law recognizes as an absolute duty and not a matter for the official's discretion. (Source: Advanced English Dictionary). Petrobras filed a writ of mandamus, in the capacity of injured third party, to suspend the injunction granted on July 31


HK Firm Gets Ship Arrested, Shines Light on Debtor's Operations

A bulk carrrier docked: File photo CCL

Hong Kong company Shagang Shipping has successfully obtained an order for the arrest of the HNA Group controlled vessel 'MV Bulk Peace' from the Western Australia District Registry. The move is part of a long-running legal campaign seeking payment of USD 66.4m from HNA Group. The claims arise from 2008 when Shagang Shipping chartered a capesize bulk carrier MV Dong-A Astrea, owned by Dong-A Tankers, to a HNA Group company, Grand China Shipping Company Limited, for a period of seven years


European Court Ups Standards for River Dredging

Photo: Port of Hamburg

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that damage to water quality must be considered when authorities approve river dredging to expand ports, in a ruling which could hinder expansion at the German ports of Bremen and Hamburg.  


Protesters Face Fines for Dangling from Oregon Bridge

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday.  


Maritime Tribunal Rejects Plea to Free Italy's Marines

An international maritime tribunal on Monday rejected Italy's request that India provisionally release two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, a setback for the Italian government after a three-year legal battle. However the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg


Where Arbitration Began: Maritime Arbitration in New York

In March 1656, Andrew Kilvert brought suit against Jan Geraerdy in the Court of Burgemeesters of the colony of New Netherland, demanding the release of his vessel, which had been arrested to obtain payment for the sale price of Kilvert’s ship


Rough Seas Sends Greenpeace Home

Greenpeace activists repelled from Seattle-bound oil rig. Pic provided by Greenpeace

 Six Greenpeace activists opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic have abandoned a Seattle-bound drill rig they boarded in the Pacific Ocean six days ago.   Rough seas prompted the decision, Greenpeace said.  The protesters rappelled off the an oil rig leased by Royal Dutch


Iranian Navy Seized Ship Under Court Order -Fars

The Iranian navy seized a ship on Tuesday at the request of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization, the English-language service of Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency reported.   "The ship is a trade vessel and has been seized by the Iranian navy," said Fars


Iran: Revolutionary Guards Seized Ship for Legal Reasons

Naval units from Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) seized a cargo ship in the Gulf on Tuesday for legal reasons, an IRGC source was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.   The report, which described the ship as "an American cargo vessel with a Marshall


Iran Seizes Cargo Ship

Picture by Maersk Line

 Iran seized a Western commercial cargo ship in the Persian Gulf early Tuesday and ordered it to sail into Iranian territorial waters.   Pentagon says MV Maersk Tigris, which was thought to have entered Iranian waters, was intercepted by Iranian vessel – but did not belong to US


Iran Says Respects Navigation Freedom, Day After Ship is Seized

Iran's foreign minister told an audience in New York City on Wednesday that Tehran respects freedom of navigation in the Gulf, a day after Iranian patrol boats seized a Danish container ship in one of the world's busiest oil shipping lanes.  


US Warships Accompany British Commercial Ships in Strait

U.S. Navy warships have begun accompanying British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as a result of Iran's detention of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship last week, the Pentagon said on Monday.   Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S


Face Off Maersk Tigris

Maersk Tigris. Pic by Maersk Line

 The Danish shipping giant Maersk Line is still trying to obtain details of the Iranian court ruling that resulted in seizing Maersk Tigris by the Iranian authorities over an alleged commercial dispute.   While the Iranian claimant in the Maersk Tigris case warns vessel could be put


Rickmers: Maersk Tigris Released by Iran, Crew safe

Iran has released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last month in one of the world's major oil shipping lanes, the vessel's operator said on Thursday. It confirmed reports from Iran. The vessel was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in the


Iran Releases Seized Cargo Ship

Maersk Tigris. Pic: Maersk Line

 Iran released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship Maersk Tigris and its crew has been released by Iranian authorities after the cargo company that owns it resolved a financial dispute which had been the subject of a court order.  


Israeli Port Workers Defy Court Order to Continue Strike

Striking Israeli dockworkers defied a court order on Thursday and shut down the country's two main seaports for a second day in protest at the creation of two new foreign-run ports. Spokesmen for the ports of Ashdod and Haifa said 2,400 workers had left their posts and union leaders had gone


Rotterdam Court Can Order Ship Arrests Throughout the EU

Haco van der Houven van Oordt  (Photo: AKD)

Rotterdam-based law firm AKD says a recent revision of the Brussels I Regulation makes it possible to quickly attach assets anywhere in the EU if parties include in their contracts a choice of forum clause conferring jurisdiction on the Rotterdam court.  






 
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