n Annual Survey of South African Law - Admiralty law

Volume 2010, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-4605



The legislation and cases under review for 2010 are of international significance for litigants, the shipping industry, and for law reform, the vast majority of parties before the South African Admiralty Court being foreign, with their numbers rising for various reasons. Straddling one of the major shipping routes of the world - made more important by the growing threats of piracy off the east and west coasts of Africa - with her large commercial ports enjoying major capital investments, and with a seat on the Council of the International Maritime Organization (as a category 'C' member with special interests in maritime transport or navigation), South Africa's Admiralty Court is frequented by foreigners, especially - but by no means exclusively - in respect of the arrest of associated ships as security for arbitration or litigation contemplated, pending or proceeding in such major maritime centres as London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore and, soon, Shanghai, especially as South Africa is now a member of the group of BRICS states.

The legal developments critically analysed in this review will often affect proceedings in those jurisdictions, and, as greater services and supplies of all types are provided to ships in South African ports, more local decisions on the merits claims relating to these services and supplies will serve before the Admiralty Court.

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