Jan De Nul (UK) Ltd v NV Royale Belge: ComC 31 Jul 2000

Contractors’ liability insurance – contract for capital dredging of main shipping channel in Southampton Water – deposit of silt outside limits of dredged channel – whether insured negligent – whether silt interfered with navigation – whether insured incurred liability to third parties in negligence, nuisance or public nuisance – whether insured liable to port authority in respect of expenses incurred in removing silt – whether removal of silt by insured formed part of the contract works – whether liability excluded under terms of policy


Mr Justice Moore-Bick


[2000] EWHC Commercial 71, [2000] EWHC 227 (Comm)


Bailii, Bailii


England and Wales

Cited by:

Appeal fromJan De Nul (Uk) Limited v NV Royale Belge CA 10-Oct-2001
The contractor undertook to dredge a stretch of river. Due to its failure to investigate properly, the result was the release of substantial volumes of silt into the estuary, to the damage of other river users and frontagers. The act amounted to a . .
CitedNetwork Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams and Another CA 3-Jul-2018
Japanese Knotweed escape is nuisance
The defendant appealed against an order as to its liability in private nuisance for the escape of Japanese Knotweed from its land onto the land of the claimant neighbours. No physical damage to properties had yet been shown, but the reduction in . .
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Insurance, Nuisance

Updated: 04 June 2022; Ref: scu.163049