Franco & Abogados Asociados updates

New tugboat resolution: what you need to know
Franco & Abogados Asociados
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Colombia
  • 14 November 2018

A new resolution, which was recently released at the local level, has introduced requirements for tugboats operating in Colombian waters. The resolution establishes national rules on the organisation, planification and performance of towage operations in line with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Resolution A 765(18) and other IMO regulations on safety requirements for towed ships and other floating objects.

Is Colombia really a Hague/Hague-Visby jurisdiction?
Franco & Abogados Asociados
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Colombia
  • 10 May 2017

For local lawyers working in the shipping and transport sector at the domestic level, the question of whether Colombia really is a Hague/Hague-Visby Rules jurisdiction has been posed on many occasions. In particular, despite the fact that Colombia has not yet properly ratified any of the existing instruments available internationally, the relevant section of the Commercial Code has supposedly been founded on the Hague Rules.

National regulation on SOLAS verified gross mass amendment: a step forward?
Franco & Abogados Asociados
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Colombia
  • 14 September 2016

The implications of the new International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment on verified gross mass have been widely discussed in the shipping industry. The concept of 'estimated weight' was recently abandoned and all interests must now collaborate to determine the 'verified gross mass' of any packed container that is to be loaded on board any ship to which Chapter IV of SOLAS applies. Resolution 2793 addresses this issue in Colombia.

Multimodal transport regulation and case law
Franco & Abogados Asociados
  • Shipping & Transport
  • Colombia
  • 10 February 2016

Although contracts pertaining to the multimodal carriage of goods are not regulated at the international level, some jurisdictions have their own instruments which address the matter at a regional level, such as the Andean Multimodal Regime. Although case law on the application of the regime is minimal, a recent court decision recognised its mandatory nature in a case pertaining to liability under a multimodal carriage contract.

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