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Law & Regulation

Keep informed with daily analysis and insight into the regulatory landscape and legal issues for shipping; be proactive in adapting your organisation to meet new requirements and identify risks to your business model through our expert coverage

Outlook forum looks forward to decarbonisation progress in 2021

Industry collaboration will be key to achieving shipping's goals in the coming year. Working more closely with the aviation and rail sectors, and learning lessons on safety and emissions reduction will feature strongly

Environment Finance

Crew-change crisis highlights fundamental industry problems

Getting crew off vessels as scheduled is possible and must be done because this is the deal they signed up for, says Anglo-Eastern chief executive officer Bjorn Hojgaard. The pandemic has also shown up the attitudes of governments quite blatantly, he adds

Asia Pacific Crewing

Plea to remember stranded seafarers during holiday season

Officers’ union Nautilus International says the plight of seafarers should not be forgotten as the crew change crisis drags on. A survey has shown the toll on Nautilus’ members, with half of the 350 respondents considering leaving the industry

International Asia Pacific

Dissent in European shipping circles over EU’s green rules

Greek shipowners are still against an EU emissions measure. However, if it has to happen, they believe it should be a mandatory levy payed by charterers. Danish shipowners suggest that initially there could be a domestic Emissions Trading System, which could potentially expand to international level in 10 years

EU Regulation

Maersk and CMA CGM push EU for free emission allowances

The two major carriers also call for only domestic voyages to be included in the EU Emissions Trading System and for shipping companies to be able to buy emissions allowances from other sectors


Ruling expected to bring greater transparency in London arbitration

‘The decision, which was anticipated with trepidation in some circles, will in fact strengthen the commanding position and reputation of London arbitration, and of London maritime arbitration in particular’ — LMAA president Bruce Harrison

London Insurance

Why shipping’s MRV regulation must target cargo owners

In October 2019, the market capitalisation of oil major Royal Dutch Shell was 600 times higher than that of shipowner Teekay Tankers, one of the largest tanker companies. The EU’s CO2 monitoring, reporting and verification scheme’s focus on a company such as Teekay misses an important point

Regulation Ship operations

Will China speak against EU impatience on shipping emissions?

China and the EU have an aggressive green agenda driven by huge potential seen in the clean energy sector, a core engine of future growth. It is not to be taken for granted that shipping will receive the same treatment as the aviation sector in Brussels’ push to expand its carbon trading scheme

China EU

Landmark ruling has implications for arbitration disclosure

The court decision inHalliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance has major implications for the London maritime arbitration sector, say legal experts 

London Insurance

Shipping’s cyber readiness mixed ahead of IMO deadline

High-profile cyber attacks and the impending IMO 2021 requirement for shipping to get its digital house in order have sent shipowners searching for off-the-shelf solutions. But meeting the challenge is more complex, according to a recent industry discussion

International Insurance

Seafarers grow tired of being undervalued

The culture of adjusting records and reports to suit regulatory compliance is said to be well known among industry stakeholders. This is ironic, given the strong call throughout the year for seafarers to be regarded as key workers

Crewing Regulation

Urgent consensus needed over decarbonisation

The slow pace of regulation and a working status quo mean the transition to zero-carbon shipping will be challenging. But shipping has a duty to continue the work it has already achieved

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