The author begins by describing a hypothetical case in which a ship at sea experiences engine breakdown two days after having taken on bunkers and in which that breakdown is attributed by the ships engineers to the poor quality of those bunkers. He examines the legal ramifications, stating that the problem is a complex one. Its solution requires an understanding of the legal and factual framework surrounding bunkering transactions and involves: the law of contract--and, in the case of a time-chartered ship, the law of tort; an examination of the terms of the bunker sales agreement (and charter party, if applicable); and questions of causation and remoteness of damage. This paper purposes to impart some of this needed understanding, emphasizing the importance of specifying compliance with existing standards in transaction documentation.

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  • Pagination: 13p.

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  • Accession Number: 00656542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM