UK Supreme Court Says Voyage Plan Made Ship Unseaworthy

By Bonnie Eslinger (November 10, 2021, 4:58 PM GMT) -- Cargo owners and their insurers don't have to help to pay for a container ship that became grounded after leaving a Chinese port because the vessel was "unseaworthy" as a result of a defective voyage plan, the U.K.'s highest court found on Wednesday.

The U.K. Supreme Court affirmed an admiralty judge's decision in 2019 that the owners of the vessel were at fault, a finding subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeal. The defendants included Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG.

"The judge directed himself properly in law and the findings he made amply support the conclusion he reached that the defective passage...

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