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“Sun” & “Riza” Petroleum Shipping Ltd.-v- Vatis (Trading As Kronos Management) and Liner Shipping Ltd.-v- Same

9th May 1997

[1997] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 314

Jonathan Gaisman QC and Stephen Kenny acted in these charterparty actions which turned on whether the defendant, Captain John Vatis, had contracted personally or not. Held, that he had chartered on behalf of a Panamanian company (Kronos Maritime Agencies S.A) and was not therefore personally liable.

Charter-party – Repudiation – Personal liability – Contracts for charter of plaintiffs’ vessels – Management company charters – Whether defendant personally liable on charters – Quantification of claim – Claims as to hire, Italian dues and damages.