Norovirus Outbreak Aboard the “Cursed Cruise Ship” Balmoral

By | Cruise Law News | April 29, 2016
Norovirus Outbreak Aboard the “Cursed Cruise Ship” Balmoral

The Fred Olsen Balmoral cruise ship has docked in Norfolk amidst what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying is a norovirus outbreak which has inflicted diarrhea and vomiting symptoms on 153 of 917 (16.68%) passengers and 6 of 518 (1.16%) of crew members, over the course of the two week cruise according to a CDC report

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Direct Claims Against Insurers and Anti-suit Injunctions

By | Ship Law Log | April 27, 2016
Direct Claims Against Insurers and Anti-suit Injunctions

In Shipowners’ Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) -v- Containerships Denizcilik Nakliyat ve Ticaret AS (The “Yusuf Cepnioglu”) [2016] EWCA Civ. 386, the Court of Appeal considered the juridical nature of a foreign statute which gives a victim (in this case, a charterer) the right to sue a defendant’s insurer (in this case, an owners’ club) directly without first suing the insured, and in the circumstances of the case, whether it was appropriate to uphold an anti-suit injunction (“ASI”) which had been made by the court below.

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Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire! Preventing the Application of the Section 20(a) Presumption with Surveillance

By | Offshore Winds | April 19, 2016
Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire! Preventing the Application of the Section 20(a) Presumption with Surveillance

The recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Bis Salamis, Inc. v. Director, OWCP (Joseph Meeks), No. 15-60148 (March 17, 2016), highlights how the defense to a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 33 USC 901 et.seq. (LHWCA), can have a tortured journey through the liberal Benefits Review Board (BRB) until a successful result is reached in at least some of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

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ISIS: 21st Century Sea Monster or Much Ado About Nothing?

By | Cruise Law News | April 18, 2016
ISIS: 21st Century Sea Monster or Much Ado About Nothing?

Stephen L. Caldwell,  a member of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, down-played the threat of international radical Islamic terrorism on the cruise industry in an article for Maritime Executive entitled Tightening the Security Envelope – Despite all the hoopla about terrorist threats and onboard crime, cruise ships are among the safest places on earth.

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