The national and global laws and regulations affecting the shipping industry are continually changing. Here at Shearwater Law our experts are continuously tracking and monitoring these changes - find their latest thinking and insights below.
Gateways and Forums: A Reminder From on High
A recent decision in the High Court, Szrek –v- DIV-ING D.O.O. and others  EWHC 219 (KB)) illustrates issues in cross-border litigation ‘post-Brexit’ and the approach of the Courts in England and Wales.
Russian Sanctions: Oil and Petroleum Products Price Cap Update February 2024
Since 5 December 2022 (2709 crude oil) and 5 February 2023 (2710 petroleum products) it has been permitted to carry and discharge Russian oil and products to places outside the EU, G7 and Australia (by way of exception to the general prohibition on such activity) provided that the price cap requirements are complied with. The price cap exception relies on an attestation process which demonstrates that the Russian oil or products has been purchased at or below the price cap. The requirement is for the cargo to be at or below the price cap at the point of loading.
UK Government Signs the Hague Convention
The UK’s position as a leading centre for dispute resolution has been bolstered by the signing of the Convention of 2nd July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgements in Civil or Commercial Matters (more commonly known as the 2019 Hague Judgements Convention).
The ETS and Shipping: Key Features and Implications
As we enter into 2024, the shipping industry faces one of the most significant regulatory changes in recent decades; the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). But, what exactly is it? And, what are its likely implications? Keep reading to find out…
Amendments to the Price Cap Attestation Model and EU Sanctions 12th Package
The US, UK and EU have all updated their guidance concerning the Russian oil Price Cap attestation model. The changes will be in force after 20 February 2024.
UK Workboats to Be Subject to New Standards
Following a public consultation, the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has introduced both a new statutory instrument (SI) and an accompanying new code of practice covering the safety of small workboats and pilot boats.
The Electronic Trade Documents Act 2023: What Is It?
The Electronic Trade Documents Act has recently received Royal Assent and become law. But, what exactly is it, and what are the expected impacts of it? The Shearwater Law team takes a look…
Commercial Court Clarifies Which Version of York-Antwerp Rules Apply Under Congenbill 1994
A debate which has rumbled on for several years - namely, which version of the York-Antwerp Rules (YAR) applies to General Average (GA) contributions under Congen 94 bills of lading - has received clarification following a court case.
Amendments to International Merchant Shipping Requirements Implemented Into UK Domestic Law
Three sets of amendments to international merchant shipping requirements have been implemented into UK law. These amendments cover damage stability in cargo ships, load line protocol and prevention of pollution by noxious liquid substances carried in bulk.
Arbitration Bill Begins Its Progress Through Parliament
The Government has announced that the new Arbitration Bill has taken its first steps on its legislative journey toward becoming law. The Bill represents an attempt to enact certain amendments to the Arbitration Act of 1996 as recommended by the Law Commission.