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  • UAE ratifies 1996 Protocol to LLMC 1976

    By Mazin El Amin, Senior Associate, Ince

     

    On 10 October 1957, the International Convention relating to the Limitation of the Liability of Owners of Sea-Going Ships was signed in Brussels (the “Brussels Convention”). On 19 November 1976, the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Convention 1976 (the “LLMC”) was signed in London, addressing some of the pitfalls in the Brussels Convention. The LLMC continues to be the “base” Convention regulating shipowners’ ability to limit liability in certain circumstances. 

  • House of Commons passes Bill C-29 – Full...

    Operations at the Port of Montreal will regain their needed stability gradually over the next few hours, following passage by the House of Commons of an Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal. This decision means that the operational and commercial uncertainty related to labour relations between the dockworkers’ union CUPE Local 375 and the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) is now over.

     

  • Greek diver recovers cocaine smuggled in ship’s...

    Illustrating the depths to which drug smugglers are going in their attempts to move their illicit cargo, the Hellenic Coast Guard released video of a drug seizure this week hidden underwater behind the grate on a water intake in a bulk carrier’s hull. The vessel’s management company is reporting that it is a victim in the case with its ship turned into an unknown carrier.

     

  • Bill to overturn key cruise restrictions sinks in...

    In a last-minute surprise maneuver, Florida’s House of Representatives sidelined for this session a bill that would have limited local ports’ ability to take actions deemed to have the potential to interrupt state or national commerce. Widely believed to have been a veiled attempt to override referendums approved by the voters in Key West to limit cruise ship calls, the bill was scuttled by proposed amendments and politics after having passed the state senate and seemingly destine to the governor for his approval before the legislative session concludes this week.

     

  • Four tons of Marijuana seized from Piraeus...

    Efforts to smuggle large amounts of illegal narcotics through the ports of Eastern Europe are continuing. Days after the Croatian authorities reported one of their largest seizures of cocaine being smuggled through one of their ports, Greece authorities reported a large seizure of cannabis last week at the port of Piraeus. In both cases, the Eastern European ports were being used as intermediary stops in an effort to avoid stricter enforcement protocols as Western European ports.

     

  • U.S. Coast Guard intercepts go-fast boat with $...

    The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tampa offloaded about 5,500 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $95 million at a pier in Miami. The delivery was the result of an interdiction of a low profile vessel off the coast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia earlier this month. 

     

  • Three sentenced, two more plead guilty in USCG...

    Additional defendants are continuing to plead guilty while the first of the defendants have now been sentenced in a test score-fixing scheme at a United States Coast Guard exam center. Since filing an indictment in November 2020, 21 defendants have been convicted in the case brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

     

  • Croatian Police seize $72M in cocaine as...

    Croatian police in cooperation with customs authorities announced their third major seizure of cocaine this year arriving at the port of Ploce smuggled inside containers arriving from South America. Croatian officials said that smugglers appear to be targeting the ports of Southern Europe in response to increased enforcement efforts across Europe.

     

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House of Commons passes Bill C-29 – Full resumption of operations at the Port of Montreal and an end to the uncertainty

Operations at the Port of Montreal will regain their needed stability gradually over the next few hours, following passage by the House of Commons of an Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of operations at the Port of Montreal. This decision means that the operational and commercial uncertainty related to labour relations between the dockworkers’ union CUPE Local 375 and the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) is now over.

 
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UAE ratifies 1996 Protocol to LLMC 1976

By Mazin El Amin, Senior Associate, Ince

 

On 10 October 1957, the International Convention relating to the Limitation of the Liability of Owners of Sea-Going Ships was signed in Brussels (the “Brussels Convention”). On 19 November 1976, the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Convention 1976 (the “LLMC”) was signed in London, addressing some of the pitfalls in the Brussels Convention. The LLMC continues to be the “base” Convention regulating shipowners’ ability to limit liability in certain circumstances. 

English

Greek diver recovers cocaine smuggled in ship’s hull

Illustrating the depths to which drug smugglers are going in their attempts to move their illicit cargo, the Hellenic Coast Guard released video of a drug seizure this week hidden underwater behind the grate on a water intake in a bulk carrier’s hull. The vessel’s management company is reporting that it is a victim in the case with its ship turned into an unknown carrier.

 
English

Bill to overturn key cruise restrictions sinks in Florida House

In a last-minute surprise maneuver, Florida’s House of Representatives sidelined for this session a bill that would have limited local ports’ ability to take actions deemed to have the potential to interrupt state or national commerce. Widely believed to have been a veiled attempt to override referendums approved by the voters in Key West to limit cruise ship calls, the bill was scuttled by proposed amendments and politics after having passed the state senate and seemingly destine to the governor for his approval before the legislative session concludes this week.

 
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Four tons of Marijuana seized from Piraeus shipping container

Efforts to smuggle large amounts of illegal narcotics through the ports of Eastern Europe are continuing. Days after the Croatian authorities reported one of their largest seizures of cocaine being smuggled through one of their ports, Greece authorities reported a large seizure of cannabis last week at the port of Piraeus. In both cases, the Eastern European ports were being used as intermediary stops in an effort to avoid stricter enforcement protocols as Western European ports.

 
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