Australia: Shipping newsletter - Legalseas - November 2014
Last Updated: 20 November 2014

Welcome to our November edition of Legalseas!

Welcome to the autumn edition of Legalseas. We open this edition with an article from Durban partner Andrew Robinson, and Melbourne partner Hazel Brasington on the topical issue of Ebola. Andrew and Hazel offer some legal and practical guidance for vessel operators in response to this evolving risk.

Keeping with the Africa theme, our second article from London partner Philip Roche, and senior associate Holly Stebbing, looks at piracy in West Africa. While piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden are falling, they are on the rise in West Africa and Philip and Holly consider whether lessons can be learned by those operating in West Africa from the approach taken in East Africa.

In our third article Hong Kong partner Marc Waha, London partner Ian Giles and senior associate Mark Daniels look at different anti-trust regulatory regimes and the different approaches taken by the regulatory authorities in relation to the proposed P3 and 2M shipping alliances.

Moving across to the US for our fourth article, Dallas partners Louis Strubeck and Kristian Gluck look at Overseas Shipholding Group as a case study for the effective use of US bankruptcy laws.

Our next article from partner Jonathan Silver, who recently joined us in Hong Kong, provides a comparative analysis of the rules and regulations governing the flags of Hong Kong, the Marshall Islands and Panama in the context of ship financing.

Finally, our case updater in this edition from London associates Emma Humphries and Emma Burrage, looks at the case of Michael Hirtenstein, Il Sole Limited v Hill Dickinson LLP [2014] EWHC 2711 (Comm) and the judicial interpretation of "as is-where is" in the context of a sale of a second hand yacht, and whether these words are sufficient to exclude the implied terms as to satisfactory quality.

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Richard Howley and Charlotte Winter
Editorial Team

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