Civil Liability for Accidents at Sea by Sarah Fiona Gahlen

By Sarah Fiona Gahlen

​This publication provides a examine on civil legal responsibility for injuries at sea, with a spotlight at the pursuits of events that aren't contractually partaking within the maritime firm. transport and the maritime offshore are one of the so much foreign companies on the planet, and the operation of ships and amenities at sea can contain very assorted pursuits in a large choice of relationships.

Although there's a global felony framework that covers the main common varieties of situations, questions stay in regards to the interaction of foreign and nationwide laws. Addressing these questions, the 1st a part of this examine analyses the foundations and the bounds of foreign legislation acceptable at sea, specifically relating to repayment for toxins harm. the second one half makes a speciality of the jurisdictional principles and conflict-of-law principles that could be used to house circumstances past the scope of overseas laws, based on the legislation of the sea.​

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I. 2. a)), the duty to investigate into casualties at sea by no means only exists in SOLAS. A corresponding duty exists under art. 12 MARPOL for casualties which have had “a major deleterious effect upon the maritime environment”. Considering that the notion of “casualties” under MARPOL does not include intentional doing, a deliberate act entailing oil pollution would not be a casualty and therefore not trigger the flag State’s duty to investigate. On the other hand, under SOLAS and the 1997 Code, any damage to the environment caused by the operation, or in connection with the operation of a ship is considered a “marine casualty” and entails the theoretical obligation to investigate the case.

Talley, ‘Vessel Safety and Accident Analysis’, in C. T. ), The Handbook of Maritime Economics and Business, 2nd edn. (London: Lloyd’s List, 2010), p. 521. 98 B. Maritime Safety and the Protection of Life and Property at Sea 31 voyage. It was in this time that the first classification society, Lloyd’s, emerged in London, first as a club collecting information and publishing it on a small scale, later in a more official context, and eventually in the framework of a shipping register providing neutral and faithful information,99 coming close to the way classification societies work today.

Pdf (last visited 6 March 2014). B. 7 damage to the environment brought about by the damage of a ship or ships being caused by, or in connection with, the operations of a ship or ships. As opposed to “marine casualty”, a “marine incident” is defined, in art. 4 of the Code for the Investigation of Marine Casualties and Incidents, as an occurrence or event being caused by, or in connection with, the operations of a ship by which the ship or any person is imperilled, or as a result of which serious damage to the ship or structure or the environment might be caused.

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