Priminds Shipping (HK) Co Ltd v Noble Chartering Inc (The “Tai Prize”) – QBD (Comm Ct) (HHJ Pelling QC, sitting as a Judge of the High Court)  EWHC 127 (Comm) – 31 January 2020
Carriage of goods by sea – Master invited to sign bill of lading stating cargo shipped in apparent good order and condition – Cargo found to be damaged on discharge – Chinese courts holding shipowner liable to receivers – Head charterers settling with shipowner – Head charterers claiming indemnity from sub-charterers – Whether misrepresentation by master – Whether sub-charterers liable to indemnify head charterers
Noble Chartering (the disponent owners) were the head time charterers of the vessel
Tai Prize . They sub-chartered the vessel to Priminds Shipping (the charterers) for the carriage of a cargo of soyabeans in bulk from
Brazil to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (the sub-charter).
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