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The COVID-19 Pandemic: Survey and Certification Issues

The ability of flag state authorities to conduct statutory surveys, and for ships (and seafarers) to be issued with required certification to allow them to continue to trade, emerged as a serious issue at the very start of the pandemic.

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The COVID-19 pandemic: The crew change crisis

The continuing inability of ship operators to conduct crew changes has been the single greatest operational challenge confronting the global shipping industry since the Second World War.

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Canal Tolls 2020

The Panama and Suez Canals are of great commercial importance to the shipping industry. They are critical to reducing voyage times and fuel costs, as well as the sector’s CO2 emissions.

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Competition Law Developments 2020

Co-operative shipping agreements between liner shipping companies have existed for over a century. The majority of major trading nations continue to acknowledge the importance of containership operators being permitted to share cargo through Vessel Sharing Agreements (VSA), increasing their service offerings and maximising efficiency in terms of frequency, reliability, quality and price.

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OECD Digital Taxation Initiative 2020

In March 2019, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched a major public consultation on the development a multilateral digital taxation framework for global application (i.e. not just by OECD nations).

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Insurance Matters 2020

The ICS Insurance Committee’s raison d’être is to liaise with the London commercial hull insurance and war risks markets.

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Defending the Global Pollution Liability Regime 2020

Ships often operate in difficult sea conditions which present a high degree of physical risk and despite tremendous improvements to the industry’s safety performance, it has not, yet been possible to eradicate, maritime casualties completely.

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