In the past there has been no legal requirement for shipowners to have third party liability insurance - if a shipowner did not take out insurance, the third party would only recover damages if there were sufficient assets.
The first rounds have been fired in what may be a lengthy dispute between two conservation bodies and the UK Marine Management Organisation relating to the relationship between fishing and obligations under EU Habitats legislation, writes Andrew Oliver, partner and specialist in sea fisheries and marine environmental law, at solicitors Andrew Jackson.
A number of recent vessel detentions have meant that new provisions under the UK’s Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 relating to the lodging of bonds to secure the release of vessels have been put into practice.
Andrew Jackson solicitors explains the new points system for migrant workers who wish to work in the UK, along with its significance for the fishing industry.
In the December 2008/January 2009 issue, World Fishing reported upon the problems posed by the High Court decision in respect of an insurance claim made following the loss of the trawler Resolute (page 23).
Andrew Jackson solicitors are warning that owners of fishing vessels should carefully check their insurance policies, particularly where the skipper and crew do not stay aboard, following a High Court case in which an insurer successfully avoided liability for fire damage in port.
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