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“Aconcagua” Compania Sud Americana De Vapores S.A. -v- Sinochem Tianjin Import and Expert Corp.

1st Apr 2010

[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