Ship passengers and industry participants have been invited to make submissions to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (Infrastructure) in relation to Australia’s possible ratification of the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea 1974, as amended by the 2002 Protocol (Athens Convention). The consultation has been implemented... Read more »

TM Law’s marine team frequently advises clients on General Average and related issues. Here, Nico Saunders reviews three interesting decisions from among a spate of recent cases on GA. 1. THE “JIA LI HAI” [2017] EWHC 2509 - Knowles J This case arose following a collision. In response to the owner’s claim for general average... Read more »

TM Law’s Alexis Cahalan recently addressed the Trans-Pacific Asia Conference, held in Shenzhen, on cyber risks. Alexis was invited to speak by TT Club, the leading international freight transport insurer, to highlight concerns over the frailty of the global supply chain when faced with cyber-attack. The presentation emphasized the logistics and freight forwarding community’s particular... Read more »

In the same week in October 2017, the District Court of New South Wales and the Australian Federal Court both handed down decisions in relation to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) legislation.  The decisions relate to the activities of both a transport operator and a freight forwarder and highlight aspects of the consumer law as... Read more »

Thomas Miller celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its Australian businesses on 30th November, with a special reception on board HMAS Vampire Marcus John (Director, Thomas Miller Australasia) was extremely happy with the turnout of over two hundred guests at the event on the retired Navy destroyer, representing the great and good of the Australian maritime,... Read more »

TM Law’s  Alistair Sullivan beat a highly talented field to win the Young Achievement Award at the 22nd Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards. Alistair accepted the award from NSW Ports CEO, Marika Calfas, at the event held in Sydney on 16th November. In the last 12 months, Alistair has returned to Australia from the... Read more »

TM Law’s Alexis Cahalan looks at the opportunities, implications and potential hazards of Blockchain for transactions in the marine and transport sectors. The transport sector is known for the complexity of its contractual transactions. Sales contracts, charterparties, bills of lading, letters of credit, commercial invoices, import and export documentation are integral components of the international... Read more »

Simon Church of TM Law discusses a recent Aviation decision regarding rights and responsibilities in connection with the payment of airfreight. SCHENKER LTD v NEGOCIOS EUROPA LTD (2017); QBD (Merc) (Moulder J) In a Mercantile Court decision handed down this month, the English High Court has finally considered whether the age old common law rule... Read more »

TM Law’s Alexis Cahalan looks at the real and potential impact of cyber risks on the transport and logistics sectors, and offers some guidance to operators on how to protect themselves. Thomas Miller Law is a proud partner of the Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) in Australia. This article appears in the latest edition of... Read more »

On 8 September 2017 the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) received a complaint that the bulk carrier DL Carnation had been underpaying its crew. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the vessel was keeping two sets of wage accounts and had been disguising the underpayment of crew in excess of US$17,000. The vessel was... Read more »