Aegean Sea Traders Corp v Repsol Petroleo SA (‘The Aegean Sea’): AdCt 1998

The Aegean Sea was lost at sea causing very extensive damage through the escape of its cargo of crude oil. AST asserted as a preliminary issue, that RP had become liable for that damage. RP’s wholly owned subsidiary ROIL was the charterer, argued that it was entitled to the limitation on claims provided by the 1992 Act. AST said that this was unavailable, the voyage being undertaken in breach of an implied safe port term.
Held: The claim was dismissed. The Convention did not entitle the charterers to limit claims against the owners rather than those having interests in the cargoes, and particularly so when express clause to that effect might have been used.
RP had not ever been a lawful holder of bills of lading, and section 3 of the 1992 Act could not be used. Neither a safe port term nor an indemnity could be created by an implication by necessity.


Thomas J


[1998] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 39


Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992


England and Wales

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Transport, Contract

Updated: 03 August 2022; Ref: scu.194566