Admiralty law or maritime law is a body of law that governs nautical issues and private maritime disputes. Admiralty law consists of both domestic law on maritime activities and the private international law governing the relationships between private parties operating or using ocean-going ships. While each legal jurisdiction usually has its own legislation governing maritime matters, the international nature of the topic and the need for uniformity has, since 1900, led to considerable international maritime law developments, including numerous multilateral treaties.
Matters dealt by admiralty law include marine commerce, marine navigation, salvage, maritime pollution, seafarers’ rights, and the carriage […]
Trends and incidents:
At the start of 2014 tanker hijackings dominated reporting of maritime crime and piracy off the coast of West Africa and the first two months of 2015 have seen a repetition of this pattern with 6 incidents reported from January to mid-February 15. On 11/01/15 a product tanker was hijacked approximately 63nm SW of Bayelsa, Nigeria by a group of ten individuals armed with AK47s. The tanker’s oil cargo was transferred to another vessel and 2 pirates departed with that vessel before the Ghanian navy boarded the tanker and […]
Where a voyage charter arrangement is made for the transport of cargo, which is then not delivered due to the vessel’s detention by port authorities (for reasons related to the state of repair of the vessel), in the absence of a charterparty, does the consignee have the right to claim damages and if so against whom?
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Trends and incidents:
From January to March 2014 there were 6 recorded attacks off the coast of Nigeria. Over the same period in 2015 there have been 7 recorded attacks.
The attacks off the coast of Nigeria from January to March 2015 involved:
2 x attempted attacks (tankers)
3 x boarding of vessels where crew were kidnapped (product tanker, FPSO, and supply vessel)
2 x robberies (product tanker (oil cargo)) and boarding of reefer vessel (no cargo stolen)
The level of violence against crew remains high and there have been no discernible shifts in the methods […]