01st Apr 2010
 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 1
Robert Bright Q.C. and Anna Gotts acted for the defendant shippers in a case arising out of the explosion of a dangerous and negligently stowed cargo.
Carriage by sea — Dangerous cargo — Explosion of cargo of calcium hypochlorite in container — Cargo stowed near bunker tank — Crew heating bunker tank during voyage — Charterers settling claim brought by shipowners — Whether charterers entitled to indemnity from shippers — Whether charterers ought to have known that cargo was dangerous — Whether heating of bunker tank causative of explosion — Meaning of requirement to stow dangerous cargo “away from” source of heat — Whether charterers in breach of seaworthiness obligation — Whether loss arose from excepted peril