Dardani Studio Legale updates

Court issues Redwood decision concerning liability of classification societies
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 12 November 2014

The Genoa Court of Appeal recently issued its decision in Redwood, which concerned the liability of classification societies. The appeal court quashed the first-instance decision, which had found Lloyd's Register liable for damages suffered by the time charterers of the vessel Redwood. The decision will undoubtedly attract the attention of maritime lawyers around the world.

ECJ answers Italian court's questions on marine fuel sulphur limits
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 30 July 2014

The European Court of Justice recently issued an interesting decision regarding marine fuel emissions in response to a preliminary question submitted by the Court of Genoa. The case involved a vessel found to have been burning marine fuel with a sulphur content exceeding that permissible under the Environmental Code while in the port of Genoa.

Qualifying a vessel purchase as an acquisition of business assets
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 16 April 2014

The Messina Court of Appeal recently issued an interesting judgment in which it addressed the qualification of a vessel's sale and purchase as a 'transfer of business assets'. The decision was issued in regards to a claim by the Italian social security agency against the purchaser of a vessel for the payment of crew members' social contributions, which the former shipowner had failed to pay.

No direct liability for sub-carriers where freight forwarder is also main carrier
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 26 February 2014

In a recent decision of the Tribunal of Genoa, the court applied established principles on the liability of sub-carriers towards cargo claimants in circumstances where a freight forwarder is charged with the transport of goods and thereafter instructs the sub-carrier. In particular, the court addressed potential direct liabilities towards the cargo interests of the sub-carriers involved.

Insolvency protection against ship arrest across EU jurisdictions
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 20 November 2013

An Italian court was recently asked to decide on an interesting issue relating to cross-border insolvency and ship arrests. Although few authorities are available in Italy in this respect, the question as to which effects of insolvency proceedings are recognised across jurisdictions has generated increasing interest in light of the financial distress that many shipowners face in the present economic climate.

Salvage claims: two years and no more
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 21 August 2013

The Cagliari Court of Appeal recently issued a judgment in which it addressed and clarified the nature of the two-year time limit for claims stipulated in Article 23 of the Salvage Convention 1989. The court confirmed the two-year limit in this case, holding that in circumstances where salvage operations have been carried out, numerous interests are often involved and the need for certainty is crucial.

No arrest of ship for shipyard subcontractor
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 29 May 2013

The recent decision in Chuang's China Treasury Ltd v Euronavi srl addressed the application of the 1952 Arrest Convention to circumstances where the credit for which security is sought is that of a subcontractor towards a shipyard for works performed when building a vessel. The judgment is of practical application and is relevant to most cases of shipyard insolvency.

Genoa court interprets ship food supply contracts
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 06 March 2013

The Court of Genoa has issued a decision regarding interpretation of both contracts for the supply of food to ship crew members and of the applicable rules in the related collective bargaining agreement. It is the first time that an Italian court has taken a view on the construction of such a contract. The decision shows that food quantity and quality provisions should be taken as general guidance, not as strict parameters.

Applying Hague-Visby rules without bill of lading
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 19 December 2012

The Genoa Court of Appeal recently issued an interesting decision on the scope of application of the Hague-Visby rules. In particular, the court was asked to decide on the application of the limit of liability set down by the rules in circumstances where the cargo to be carried suffered damages during loading operations and before the relevant bill of lading was issued.

Carriers held fully liable only when probable damages are foreseen
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 26 September 2012

A Tribunal of Genoa decision has affirmed that damage claims against carriers for full liability must prove not only that the carrier's behaviour had been grossly negligent, but also that the carrier or its agents acted recklessly and foresaw that damage would result from their act or omission.

Undue hardship and obligation to renegotiate charter
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 18 July 2012

A judgment issued by the Court of Ravenna poses complex legal questions about the application of the concept of 'undue hardship' to charterparties and the obligation to renegotiate. It also raises significant problems about the relationship between English and Italian jurisdiction.

Fixture recaps incorporating arbitration clauses
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 21 March 2012

A recent Supreme Court decision has refocused attention on the issue of incorporating arbitration clauses by reference to common charterparty forms contained within fixture recaps. This has been a point of contention for many years within the shipping industry, giving rise to numerous disputes and great uncertainty in the interpretation of charterparties and fixture recaps.

Enforcement issues: arrest for debts of previous bareboat or time charterers
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 29 February 2012

The interpretation of Article 3(4) of the Brussels Convention 1952 has given rise to much debate in the convention's contracting states. In Italy, a number of arrests have been granted in respect of claims against a demise charterer or a time charterer, even where the maritime claim is not secured by a maritime lien on the vessel. A decision of the Court of Genoa on this issue seems certain to provoke further debate.

First interpretation of classification clause in cargo insurance policy
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 29 June 2011

Two decisions represent the Italian courts' only interpretations of the wording of the Institute Classification Clause. The notion that the cargo classification clause requires full classification of a vessel without recommendations is controversial - it takes no account of the evolution of the clause or the differences between its literal formulation and that of the corresponding classification clause for hull and machinery insurance cover.

Liability of classification societies
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 02 March 2011

The Court of Genoa has considered the problematic issue of the liability of classification societies, holding Lloyd's Register liable for damages caused to time charterers as a result of the detention of their vessel. This is the first time that an Italian court has specifically addressed the issue.

Appeal court sets precedent on distinction between maritime contracts
Dardani Studio Legale
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Italy
  • 01 December 2010

The Rome Court of Appeal recently set an important precedent on the distinction between a charterparty contract and a contract of carriage of goods by sea. The case involved an Italian tank vessel which sank. After rejecting the allegation that the owner had been negligent, the court examined the terms of the time charterparty to decide whether it amounted to a contract of carriage of goods by sea.

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