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WORLDWIDE MARITIME NEWS (XXI)

1.- BIMCO: NEW REGIME FOR SHIP-TO-SHIP TRANSFERS

A new regime for ship-to-ship transfers has been launched by BIMCO. Aimed at dry bulk trades, the effect of using this new clause is twofold: on the one hand, to extend the rights of the charterers to carry out cargo operations at a place other than the berth originally contemplated; on the other, to get an indemnity from the charterers for any liabilities, losses or costs due to the operators.


2.- CMI: CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ROTTERDAM RULES

The Comité Maritime International (CMI) has reported that it appeared that the Rotterdam Rules are still far off from ratification in the USA, thus its President is campaigning in the shipping press to promote the incorporation of the Rules by the Clause Paramount in contracts of carriage. Yet the CMI realizes that there is a lack of urgency in the P & I Clubs to see the Rules come into effect.

3.- CONVENTION ON WRECK REMOVAL: ENTRY INTO FORCE

The International Convention on Wreck Removal, adopted by a diplomatic conference held in Kenya from 14 to 18 May 2007, will enter into force next 14th April. The Convention will provide the legal basis for the States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may have the potential to affect the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the maritime environment.

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