Shipping and Transport Newsletter - March 2016


Publication edited quarterly in Spanish, Portuguese and English language by the Department of Shipping and Transport Law of Garrigues is focused on the Maritime Law in the EU, Spain and Portugal.

1.1 Legislation and legislative developments
  • 1.1.1. Spain ratifies the Protocol on matters specific to aircraft equipment, to the Convention on international interests in mobile equipment
  • 1.1.2. Adaptation of a few provisions of the Protocol of 1988 relating to the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966
  • 1.1.3. Publication of the Directive containing the future regulations on package travel and linked travel arrangements
1.2 Recent case law
  • 1.2.1. Former tax lease. The European General Court annuls the European Commission’s decision
2.1 Legislation and legislative developments
  • 2.1.1. The Spanish shipping register regains ranking on White List in the Paris MOU
  • 2.1.2. Updated contribution bases for workers under the special regime for seafarers
  • 2.1.3. Approval of the rules on use of the Shipbuilding Industry Restructuring Fund for aid to research and development and innovation
  • 2.1.4. A new regulation lays down the technical, safety and manufacture requirements of recreational craft, jet skis and their components
2.2 Recent case law
  • 2.2.1. Prestige case. The Supreme Court rules that the P&I Club has direct civil liability (by holding that the direct right of action applies) up to the limit of the signed policy not up to the limit under the 1992 CLC
  • 2.2.2. The National Appellate Court examines the crime of maritime piracy and the different forms it can take
  • 2.2.3. The Supreme Court dismisses an application for judicial review filed by the Spanish Institute of Merchant Navy Officers against the royal decree on the sailing qualifications required to operate recreational craft



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