Maritime Risk International

Contracting issues in the heavylift sector

Rupert Banks and Ian Billington, at the Standard Club, consider the increasing risks for heavylift operators

As project cargos, particularly in the offshore oil and gas sector, become physically larger and of higher value, heavylift operators are facing increasingly onerous contractual liability regimes. This article highlights current trends in heavylift contracting: in particular, the fact that it is increasingly common for heavylift operators to be required under contract to assume all liability for cargo, irrespective of fault. This is a worrying trend for heavylift operators; as such burdensome terms bear no correlation with their risk-reward ratios.

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