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Seaworthiness and (un)safe ports in London Arbitration 2/23: One-off pilot error did not amount to incompetence

In London Arbitration 2/23 (2023) 1129 LMLN 2, an arbitral tribunal determined that a pilot’s one-off error which caused the grounding of the vessel (negligent navigation) did not render a port unsafe. The tribunal also found the Vessel to be unseaworthy due to a defective passage plan that could not have considered the most detailed and appropriate paper chart for the disport, although this was not found to be causative of the grounding.

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