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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

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28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

25/01/2012

Pacific Basin IHX Ltd v Bulkhandling Handymax AS

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This is an important decision because it is the first case in which the High Court has considered the Conwartime Clause 1993. The dispute arose out a trip time charter under which the charterers had ordered the ship to sail from Europe to China, via Suez. Fearing attack by Somali pirates, the owners refused to go through the Gulf of Aden and sent the ship instead via the Cape of Good Hope. The arbitrators held that they had been entitled to do so under the Conwartime Clause. On appeal against the award, the Court was asked to address the question: how serious must the risk of pirate attack be in order to justify refusing a voyage order? What level of risk triggers the right to reject an order? The answer, the Court held, is that the master or owner must reasonably believe that there would be at least a real likelihood that the ship would be in danger from acts of pirates if she complied with the charterers' order. Julian Kenny was instructed by Ince & Co for the respondent owners


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