The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 (Part I)

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has on 25th November,2020 published the Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 for public comments. This bill will replace the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958, if enacted. The last date for submitting comments is 24 December 2020. The Bill consists of 15 parts with a total of 325 Sections. The outlineContinue reading “The Merchant Shipping Bill, 2020 (Part I)”


The Ministry of Shipping has published the draft of Coastal Shipping Bill, 2020 and has invited comments, which are to be submitted before 6th November 2020.   The object of the bill is to consolidate and amend the regulatory framework for coasting trade and other activities in coastal waters of India in line with globalContinue reading “THE COASTAL SHIPPING BILL, 2020”

From Ship Building Agreement to Ship Recycling Agreement – Part IV

SHIP BREAKING AGREEMENTS Ship Breaking is the process of dismantling a vessel. This is also called ship recycling. Alang in India is one of the biggest ship graveyards. Recently, India enacted the Recycling of ships Act, 2019 which provides for the regulation of recycling of ships by setting certain standards and laying down the enforcementContinue reading “From Ship Building Agreement to Ship Recycling Agreement – Part IV”

From Ship Building Agreement to Ship Recycling Agreement – Part III

CHARTERPARTY Once a ship is built and manned, the next aim would be to put it to commercial use. The main agreements which are involved are charterparty, and ship management agreement. Charterparty is one of the most required contract in shipping business. Charterparty is nothing but a contract to rent/lease a vessel which is enteredContinue reading “From Ship Building Agreement to Ship Recycling Agreement – Part III”

From Ship Building Agreement to Ship Recycling Agreement – Part II

SEAFARER EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS Seafarer is a person who is employed by the ship owner for operation of a vessel such as petty officers, deck cadets etc. A seafarer employment agreement is an employment agreement between ship owner and a seafarer. They are drafted on the basis of Collective Bargaining Agreements entered into between Ship OwnersContinue reading “From Ship Building Agreement to Ship Recycling Agreement – Part II”

Who is who under the Electricity Act, 2003

The Electricity Act is the statute which governs generation, transmission, distribution, trading and use of electricity in India. It constitutes various authorities for dispute resolution and for regulation. Also, the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 proposes to constitute a Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority (ECEA). In this context, it is important to understand who are the differentContinue reading “Who is who under the Electricity Act, 2003”

A to Z of Shipping Law

This post is inspired by Bharath Chugh’s A to Z of IBC. This is not an exhaustive list of words but a quick reference for those readers who are new to the Shipping industry. The attempt is to simplify the terms and make them sound easier than rocket science. Arrest – Arrest is an orderContinue reading “A to Z of Shipping Law”

Grenada Private Power Limited vs. GRENADA

I recently authored the case summary of Grenada Private Power Limited and WRB Enterprises, INC v. Grenada (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/13) in TDM IACL. The Award examines an issue of occurrence of ‘Repurchase events’ and is definitely, an interesting read. A brief summary is here below: In 1994, Government of Grenada privatised GRENLEC and soldContinue reading “Grenada Private Power Limited vs. GRENADA”

Lockdown: Release of Cargo without Claiming demurrage

All over India, various Courts are occupied with the question Whether the Shipping Lines are entitled to claim demurrage for the period of extended lockdown. There are Applications under Section 9, Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 filed in High Court of Delhi, Writ Petitions filed in High Court of Kerala and other Courts are alsoContinue reading “Lockdown: Release of Cargo without Claiming demurrage”