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Maritime and shipping cases are very specific. Many of them are connected with casualties. The accidental factor is very strong. Which vessel is guilty when a collision arises? Why is the cargo found wet? Is it because of unfit hatches? To make a right conclusion, a shipping/ maritime lawyer needs to have specific knowledge and expertise. That is why many in shipping favour arbitration over litigation.

 

Typically, maritime and shipping disputes are around:

 

The serious drawback of the legislation in the maritime sphere of Ukraine is the lack of the unified approach in questions related to maritime activity. The legislation of Ukraine consists of the Merchant Shipping Code, laws and bylaws that regulate some specific maritime relations. The legal framework in this respect is imperfect. Ukraine should refuse from regulating shipping by bylaws and base mainly on international conventions and traditions. There is a strong necessity to systemize legal norms governing maritime activity, if Ukraine is positioning itself as maritime state then it should follow global trends.


Publications


  • How much does the port service market cost? Calculation attempt No. 118.10.17

    The Ukrainian sea port service market for a long time existed as state-owned monopoly with state-owned enterprises prevailing, since port privatization either did not occur or was too restricted (as compared to many other economic sectors). First elements of market economy were private agencies, freight forwarding or stevedoring companies established in early 1990s.more
  • Mandatory insurance policy for vessels calling at Turkish ports20.09.17

    According to the current regulations, since 2011 all vessels over 300 GT calling at Turkish ports or other facilities in Turkish waters, as well as Turkish flagged vessels, must have valid P&I insurance policy which covers risks and liabilities up to the limitation level stipulated in the Convention on limitation of liability for maritime claims 1976, and 1996 Protocol amending that Convention.more
  • The extension of time period for transit passage in Turkish straits01.09.17

    One of the recent developments in Maritime section is most welcome by ship owners whereas the time period for awaiting before passing the Turkish straits such as Bosphorus and Dardanelles has been extended from 48 hrs to 168 hrs (almost 7 days)by an amended rule as a result of resolution approved by Cabinet Council dated 28/7/2017.more
  • Turkish Parliament has ratified the International Convention on the Arrest of Ships 199912.09.17

    Turkish Parliament has ratified the International Convention on the Arrest of Ships 1999 ("1999 Convention") and the International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages 1993 (“1993 Convention”) on 25 March 2017.more
  • Black Sea practice newsletter, April-June 201705.08.17

    Interlegal offers you an overview of the hot news from practice, with most useful information for the reporting period.more
  • Maritime law in Ukraine17.05.17

    Ukraine is a maritime state on Black Sea and Azov Sea coasts, which has its own fleet, shipbuilding and ship repair facilities, number of sea ports and river ports on two rivers, the Dnieper and the Danube, open for navigation.more
  • Notice of Readiness and Demurrage: Geographical Issues in the LMAA Arbitration Award20.04.17

    Geographical location is one of the principal specifications used for sea port formation having direct impact on the port operation efficiency and its further development. At the same time, geographical peculiarities of each sea port have not only economic but also legal impact on organization of sea carriage and consequent handling operations.more
  • Peculiarities of Ship arrest in some Black Sea jurisdictions16.03.17

    Black Sea countries - Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova - have various rules governing ship arrest. Some of these countries (namely, post-Soviet ones) are similar by mentality and official approach, while others are very different in administration of law and court practice.more
  • Automatic application of LMAA Small Claims Procedure: to apply or not to apply?22.02.17

    In 1989 London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) first introduced the Small Claim Procedure (SCP), construed for consideration of the small disputes, which deemed to be simplified, quick and more cost-effective than the procedure under general LMAA Terms. The SCP has been subject to several revisions and the latest version is in effect from 1 January 2012. Successful practical usage of SCP during 27 years has been followed by particular controversies as to its applicability.more
  • Black Sea practice newsletter, October-December 201623.01.17

    Interlegal offers you an overview of the hot news from practice, with most useful information for the reporting period.more