Shipowners deny legal problems with slow speed

Several Danish shipping companies are turning their back on a British court ruling, which gives the charterer the right to deduct time lost through slow steaming in a chartering agreement. “We don’t see how this case is relevant to us,” says Michael C. Storgaard, Press Director at the Maersk Group.

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Several Danish shipping companies are turning their back on the ruling by a British court in a case where the shipping company Clipper Bulk, as charterer of the ship Pearl C, was given the go-ahead by the court to deduct time lost from slow steaming from the lease to the owner according to the contract. According to several British shipping lawyers, the case has made precedent and could become relevant in in other segments than dry bulk, such as container shipping.

But at Maersk Line, Press Director Michael C. Storgaard does not see any connection between the company’s slow steaming policy and the ruling of the British maritime and commercial court.

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