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HERCULITO MARITIME LTD AND OTHERS v GUNVOR INTERNATIONAL BV AND OTHERS (THE “POLAR”)

LLR: Insurance & Reinsurance Plus

HERCULITO MARITIME LTD AND OTHERS v GUNVOR INTERNATIONAL BV AND OTHERS (THE “POLAR”)

[2021] Lloyd's Rep. IR Plus 4

QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION (COMMERCIAL COURT)

Before Sir Nigel Teare, sitting as a Judge of the High Court

General average – Vessel kidnapped and held to ransom by pirates in Gulf of Aden – Shipowners paying ransom for release of vessel – Shipowners seeking to recover ransom payment from bill of lading holders as general average contribution – Charterparty providing for charterers to pay premiums for war risks and kidnap and ransom insurance – Whether relevant charterparty provisions incorporated into bills of lading – Whether shipowners precluded from recovering contribution from bill of lading holders.

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