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CHAPTER 29 The Netherlands

Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims


The Netherlands

Taco Van Der Valk1 AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen, PO Box 4302, 3006 AH, Admiraliteitskade 50, 3063 ED Rotterdam


The Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, London 19 November 1976 (“the Convention”), and its enactment in Dutch statute law2have been operative in the Netherlands as from 1 September 1990, with simultaneous denunciation of the 1957 Brussels Convention. In 1992, the Dutch Court of Cassation (the Hoge Raad) ruled that the regime of the 1976 Convention applies to causes of action arising after the date of its entry into force.3

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