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“The Stolt Sydness” Mauritius Oil v Stolt Nielsen

19th Nov 1996

[1997] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 273

Sioban Healy acted. Shipping; conflict of laws: relevance of foreign decisions on interpretation of a foreign statutory version of Hague Rules incorporated into an English law contract.

Charter-party (Voyage) – Limitation of time – Hague Rules – Construction – Charter incorporated U.S.A. clause paramount – Vessel delayed by engine problems – Charterers bought in substitute cargo – Whether charterers’ claim in respect of cargo carried – Whether claim time barred – Whether English or U.S. law applicable – Whether application for extension of time should be granted.

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