Covid-19 Outbreak

Since the first reported case on 31st December, 2019, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus has spread from its origins in Wuhan across China and internationally.  On 30th January, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  On 11th February, the disease was given an official name: “COVID-19".

The outbreak has very quickly had a significant impact on shipping and trade and has posed a number of contractual issues under charterparties, shipbuilding contracts and other commercial agreements. 

To guide our Members, we have prepared a number of contractual FAQs, which we will keep updated as the situation develops.

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The impact of coronavirus on international arbitration and litigation: are virtual hearings a solution? The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly developed into a pandemic, causing wide-scale disruption as countries around the world battle to prevent the further spread of the virus. In a world where all but essential travel has been restricted and social distancing is the new norm a key concern for those parties who have ongoing legal proceedings is whether or not their case will proceed.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect global trade, this briefing considers the particular issues facing parties to shipbuilding contracts. The disruption caused by COVID-19 is being felt harshly by some shipbuilders and buyers, as yards struggle to maintain their significant workforce and encounter difficulties in securing materials.

The rapid escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak is having a huge impact on the shipping industry. Many parties are having to review their contractual obligations in light of the developing situation.In this article, we focus in on force majeure provisions in the context of COVID-19.

Over the past month, a novel Coronavirus, which has become known as the Wuhan virus, has been spreading across China and further afield.  Here we consider the implications for ship operators and provide information, practical guidance and advice on contractual issues arising. Follow the link above to read more.


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