EMCO regularly handles cases in Cyprus involving allision, collision and wash damage claims occurring whilst vessels are under pilotage. In this article we highlight some issues and provide advice for Owners to take into account when vessels are under pilotage.
The Cyprus Ports Authority Regulations make it is clear that the pilotage (and tug) service is at the risk and expense of the vessel. In addition, pilotage is compulsory when entering and leaving Cypriot ports.
The Suez Canal first opened for navigation on 17th November 1869 with a depth of around only 8 meters, allowing ships with a maximum draft of 22 feet to transit.
The Canal however, has been expanding in order to accommodate the ever increasing vessel sizes including the ultra-large ships. Just recently the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) completed its expansion project opening a new waterway alongside the original Canal, which has increased capacity and eased congestion. According to the SCA’s website, the Canal can now accommodate 61.2%, 92.7% and 100% of the world’s tankers, bulk carriers and containerships fleets, respectively. On 5th September 2017, the SCA announced that the newly-expanded canal set a new record of passage and tonnage crossings, recording a total of 157 ships. Amongst the biggest vessels transiting the Canal recently were the world’s third and second largest containerships: “MOL TRIUMPH” and “MADRID MAERSK”. It takes between 12 and 16 hours for ships to transit the Canal, and approximately 76 ships transit the canal on a daily basis.
The governing law?
The arrest of ships in Lebanon is regulated by the Code of Civil Procedures which grants any creditor the right to apply for a conservatory seizure of the debtor’s assets in order to obtain security for its claim.
Lebanon is not a party to the International Convention on the Arrest of Seagoing Ships of 1952 or 1999, but is a party and has ratified the International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law relating to Maritime Liens and Mortgages of 1926 enacted in Articles 48-61 of The Merchant Shipping Act.
The dangers associated with the carriage of solid bulk cargoes are undoubtedly one of the decade’s hot issues in the shipping industry. Some of the titles that circulated over this decade convey the alarming threats that have shaken the dry cargo-shipping sector, such as: “Cargo liquefaction still a problem”, “Club move to stop liquefaction losses”, “Crew safety should come first”, “Dealing with the unusual”, “Drive to cut liquefaction losses”, “Handle with care” and “Preventing liquefaction tops concerns”, to name a few.