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The Global Pandemic- Lessons to be Learned for the Shipping Sector

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Join us for the latest webinar from IISTL, Swansea University.

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The Global Pandemic - Lessons to be Learned for the Shipping Sector

Nearly every country in the world has been affected by the continuing scourge of COVID 19, The WHO declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and the world initially seemed on pause, followed by an accordion-like easing and reimposition of restrictions on daily life. However, throughout the pandemic international carriage of goods by sea has carried on, if not always apace.

The shipping industry has been principally hit by delays due to port quarantines, shortage of shore labour and changing work practices. Seafarers have been particularly badly impacted due to restrictions on crew changes. In December 2020 the IMO estimated that some 400,000 seafarers remained on board commercial vessels, unable to be repatriated and past the expiry of their contracts, and the eleven month maximum specified in the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

The first COVID 19 claims are now starting to come through and it is likely that courts and arbitrators will end up dealing with many more in the next few years. This webinar will track the likely course of these coming COVID 19 claims by discussing the legal impact of the pandemic on charterparties, contracts for the carriage of goods, and on the position of seafarers generally.

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Chair:

  • Dr Regina Assariotis (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

Speakers:

  • Philippa Hopkins QC (Essex Court Chambers)
  • Professor Simon Baughen (IISTL, Swansea University)
  • Dr Lia Amaxilati (IISTL, Swansea University)


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