~ Credentials ~

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Para-legal consulting since 2009. Legal blogging since 2008. Voyage and time charter issues such as laycan, laytime, demurrage, hire, off-hire and withdrawal, bill of lading, seaworthiness, the Hague and the Hague-Visby rules, sale contracts.

Extensive first-hand experience of seagoing master of tanker vessel, 10 years in rank. In deep knowledge of chemical, product and crude oil tanker operations, tank cleaning procedures and quality requirements. Professional expertise of navigational, safety and documentary (ISM) matters.

~ Curriculum Vitae ~

Short CV

  • Legal Education

    June 2003 till May 2005, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK. LLM in International Trade Law.
    October 1997 till August 1998, North England P&I and South Tyneside College, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Diploma in P&I Insurance with Distinction.

  • Marine Education

    From September 1982 till March 1988, Novorossiysk State Maritime Academy, Novorossiysk, Russia. Navigation and technical exploitation of sea-going vessels.(Deck Officer)

  • Sea service

    Jun 1988 - Mar 1993, deck officer on bulkers, general cargo and container carriers DWT 5,000 – 25,000. One year service on salvage tug engaged in trans-ocean towing operations.
    June 1993 till August 2003, deck and from 1999 chief (cargo) officer on various types of tankers, chemical, product, crude oil, DWT 5,000-150,000.
    First command in 2003.

  • Web

    In 2007 founded www.lawandsea.net, in 2008 www.caselawquotes.net.

  • Personal

    Married, have one daughter. I’m citizen of Russian Federation but from 2009 settled in Prague, Czech Republic. Reading, photography (www.seaphotos.net) and short travelling are my hobbies.

~ Consulting ~

Areas of expertise

Icons below will lead you to comprehensive web resource with an ample information on respective topics. Should you fail to find your answer there please send your query using contact form.

Carriage of Goods by Sea

Bill of lading, seaworthiness, the Hague and the Hague-Visby rules

Voyage Charters

Laycan, Notice Of Readiness, berth or port charter, demurrage

Time Charters

Delivery, hire, off-hire, redelivery, withdrawal, majors’ approval.

Cargo claims

Shortage claims, contamination, unpumpable ROB

Safety at Sea

ISM, COLREGS 72, safety of navigation and passage planning

Sale Contracts

CIF and FOB contracts, right to sue, laycan and demurrage

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~ News & Updates ~

Recently published on web


Voyage charters

follow this link to read the topic Voyage Charters. River Ports Clause.

Remoteness of ship’s location at the moment of tender of NOR from its ultimate destination often lead to disputes between the owners and the charterers as to when laytime starts (or resumes in case of discharge port) to accrue. Arrival at river port naturally provide grounds to dispute commencement or resumption of laytime/demurrage, unless clear words used in contract.


Voyage charters

follow this link to read the topic Voyage Charters. ITL Clause. Trafigura BV v Navigazione Montanari SPA [2015] EWCA Civ 91

ITL clause serves to provide a simple solution in notoriously difficult oil shortage claims, albeit such claims should arise only from a normal voyage and when there is no doubt that the loss is otherwise unexplained. Clause 46 of Beepeevoy 3.


COG

follow this link to read the topic Meaning of Safe Port: Safety System of the Port

The Court of Appeal disagreed with the judge’s decision in Gard Marine & Energy Ltd v China National Chartering Co Ltd (Rev 1) (Ocean Victory) [2015] EWCA Civ 16 and agreed with the Charterers that the casualty could rightly be described not merely as "remarkable" but also as unprecedented, thus being exemption from safe port warranty as stated by Sellers L.J. in The Eastern City) [1958] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 127


COG

follow this link to read the topicBill of Lading. Discrepancies and Delays

An important practical and commercial problem comes up when the master notes inconsistency in bill of lading as to the date or the cargo description (quality/quantity) and the shippers are reluctant to correct their representation. As a result the parties may argue in future over liability for ship’s delay in the port.

Time charters

follow this link to read the topic Identity of parties when fixing time charters./span>

Chartering of vessel for a prolonged period of time increases risks of default from either side, especially at times of global financial uncertainty. Charterers concerned about uninterrupted utilisation of vessels under their commercial management throughout duration of charter.


Sale contracts

follow this link to read the topic The contract price/market price differential is not a computation of lost profit

In Glencore Energy UK Ltd v Cirrus Oil Services Ltd [2014] EWHC 87 (Comm) (24 January 2014) the judge held that "firm offer" email was intended to be capable of acceptance with a binding contract thereby concluded and moreover stated that the contract price/market price differential is not a computation of lost profit.

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