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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19/05/2020
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.

30/04/2020
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.

30/04/2020
造船与新冠病毒疫情 由于新冠病毒疫情持续影响全球贸易,谨以本短文探讨造船合同双方面临的一些具体问题。 一些船舶建造商和买家正在切身体会新冠病毒疫情造成的中断问题,船厂在保证劳动力、保障物资供应方面,面临重重困难。

16/03/2020
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.

16/03/2020
新冠病毒和不可抗力 随着新冠病毒疫情的快速升级,航运业受到了巨大冲击。许多人不得不根据事态发展,重新审视他们的合同义务。本文将着重关注不可抗力条款在新冠病毒疫情背景下的适用情况。

27/01/2020
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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