- The CMI Assembly Meeting & Seminar was held in Genoa on 7 – 8 September 2017. Topics on the agenda included Ship Financing, Offshore Activities, the Hanjin Bankruptcy, Refugee Migration at Sea and the US law on Bunker Supply contracts and its effect on the international arrest of ships. For more information please visit the event website. At the Assembly meeting Dr Ann Fenech was unanimously re-elected to a second term on the CMI Executive Council (see news)
- The Danish Institute of Arbitration (DIA) has been chosen to host the next International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 25-29 September 2017. For more information and registration please visit the official website under http://icma2017copenhagen.org/registration.html
In order to finalise the programme, ICMA’s Topics & Agenda Committee is also inviting proposals to present papers. Papers will be presented in both plenary and parallel sessions during ICMA XX in Copenhagen, Denmark, each of which will include a panel of speakers. More information can be found on the same website under http://icma2017copenhagen.org/abstract.html
- The EMLO Annual Conference will be held in Hamburg on 2 – 3 November 2017. Topics to include: The European Approach: The state of play at the end of European Maritime Year 2017; Is Competition Law fit for purpose to challenge new UK maritime policies in a post hard Brexit era? Shipping Finance – BASEL IV, shipping loans and the ECSA experience; Global Alliances: Between policy considerations, merger controls and competition law; Brexit: Initial thoughts on Brexit and maritime competition law; Cyber Security and Digitalisation. For further information please see the full programme or visit the EMLO website under www.emlo.org or contact EMLO via email under email@example.com
- This year’s EMLO Spring Conference was held in Genoa on Thursday 27th April 2017. Topics of discussion include Competition Law – How should merger and anti-trust policy and law be applied in the face of increasing concentration now and post BREXIT?’, ‘Disputes: What does the future look like for shipping disputes and damages law claims post BREXIT?’ and ‘What are the broader legal and policy implications post BREXIT for international shipping and ports?’ For more details please see the programme. Should you wish to register please follow the link. For further queries please contact EMLO through the EMLO website.
- The Comité Maritime International (CMI) held its 42nd International Conference in New York from 3rd to 6th May 2016 at the Midtown Hilton Hotel. The Conference was co-hosted by the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLAUS) and for the first time CMI business was combined with the annual MLAUS Spring meetings, bringing local and international experts together to contribute to debate. At the Assembly meeting the CMI has, for the first time, introduced a set of rules by which General Average (GA) is adjusted, to go along with the revised 2016 rules. These guidelines are non-binding and are supposed to reflect best practice, as well as to provide general background information and outline the procedures. They can be downloaded from Comité Maritime International’s website. The YAR 2016 largely reflect the YAR 1994, which to date has been recommended as the basis for general average adjustments, while containing some useful clarifications and additions such as on low value cargoes. Importantly, it has been agreed that an annual interest rate of LIBOR plus 4 percentage points applies according to the new rules, while the commission of 2 per cent on owners’ disbursements has been abolished. The 1994 version of the YAR has previously remained prominent despite a more recent 2004 revision as the 2004 version was considered less favourable to shipowners.The new set of rules adopted live up to the shipping industry’s expectations and have received a positive welcome throughout. (See comments from IUMI
and BIMCO The Comité Maritime International New York Conference .The speech of the Secretary-General of IMO, Mr. Lim Kitack, in New York on May 3 2016 can be downloaded here