Legal & Regulations

  • Coastal EZs need international competition policy

    Outstanding investment incentives should be offered to the old EZ model, with an incentive regime for strategic investors. The fields to invest in should be extended, enabling investment in such services as casino and premium entertainment.

  • Draft maritime law revisions say China may bar...

    China is to revise its 1984 Maritime Traffic Safety Law, which would allow the relevant authorities to bar some foreign ships from passing through Chinese territorial waters.

    The Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council announced Tuesday it is soliciting public opinions on the revisions.

  • The inconvenient truth: good faith and...

    In some cases, contracts are ended for failure to meet express contractual provisions, such as a right to terminate for delay, poor performance, or for failing to meet a particular standard. In other instances, contracts are terminated for a breach of obligations, sufficient to constitute repudiatory action.

  • Challenges in securing maritime claims in the...

    Securing a maritime claim through a ship arrest is a common and essential form of security prior to or during litigation or arbitration proceedings. Commercial ships, by their nature, are only in port for a limited amount of time to load and/or discharge cargo. Therefore, ship arrests are required to be achieved by creditors as a matter of extreme urgency. However, recent procedural challenges in Dubai Courts have impacted this crucial method of security.


    The issue concerning legal capacity has caused much consternation in the UAE due to the fact that UAE legislation requires a special authorization for arbitration and thus losing the right to litigate disputes in the UAE courts.   Therefore, it is fairly commonplace in the UAE to see a challenge to jurisdiction based on an alleged lack of authority, of the signatory, to bind the company to arbitration.

  • Maritime dispute: Ghana punches holes in Cote d’...

    Ghana’s legal team is firing a series of salvos against Cote d’Ivoire at the hearing of the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries. According to the lawyers, Cote d’Ivoire was inconsistent in its claim that Ghana had entered into its maritime space.


Maritime push on greenhouse emissions

With regulations in place to reduce sulphur emissions from ships globally, the International Maritime Organisation turns its gaze to a new horizon – the reduction of greenhouse gases.


Water Resources Development Act 2018 Introduced

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders last week introduced the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018, legislation that provides for improvements to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure.


Monaco accedes to air pollution and energy-efficiency rules

Monaco has acceded to the IMO treaty covering emissions from ship exhausts and energy efficiency (MARPOL Annex VI). The instrument limits the main air pollutants contained in ships exhaust gas, including sulphur oxides and nitrous oxides, and prohibits deliberate emissions of ozone depleting substances. It also includes energy-efficiency measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships.


“Zero Emission Vessels, what needs to be done?”

Shipping faces huge challenges in finding affordable zero-emission fuels, against a background of poor financial returns and a global requirement to keep transport costs low. In this environment, biofuels currently present the most affordable option for shipping, though great challenges remain in relation to the scale of production and sustainability of biofuels.