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Friday, 1 July 2011

Making contact

It comes as no surprise to hear that the Admiralty Court in London recently apportioned liability on a 60/40 basis in a claim for damages arising from a collision between a VLCC and a containership. Nobody is ever 100 per cent to blame for anything in the Admiralty Court – it is just a question of how the pie is sliced.

Despite – or perhaps because of - advances in technology, the number of collisions seems to be increasing. There are all sorts of reasons why this may be so, ranging from over-reliance on technology, to the crew watching televised football matches on board ship.

As somebody once said, football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.

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