n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Comments on the Sea Transport Documents Act 65 of 2000 : aantekeninge
|Article Title||Comments on the Sea Transport Documents Act 65 of 2000 : aantekeninge|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg|
|Author||S.F. Du Toit|
|Publication Date||Jan 2003|
|Pages||731 - 737|
ISI Social Science
South Africa urgently needed modern legislation to govern the transfer of rights and obligations when negotiating bills of lading. The defects of the Bills of Lading Act 1855 (18 & 19 Vict c 111), which was generally applicable before the commencement of the Sea Transport Documents Act 65 of 2000 (hereafter the "act"; First National Bank of Southern Africa Ltd in re Bank of India v Kien Hung Shipping SA (Pty) Ltd  CLD 96 (W) 103-104; Admiralty Jurisdiction Regulation Act 105 of 1983 s 6(1)(a); Du Toit The Bill of Lading in South African Law (LL D thesis RAU 2000) 48-49; Girvin "Third party rights under shipping contracts" 1997 SA Merc LJ 97 114-115), have been set out often before and need not be repeated here (see eg, Girvin 111-112; Du Toit 133-136; Treitel and Reynolds Carver on Bills of Lading (2001) 157-158). It is submitted that any legislation in South Africa should have been modelled closely on the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992 (hereafter COGSA) in the United Kingdom. (The Sea-Carriage Documents Act 34 of 1998 (South Australia) could also have been examined as a basis for South African legislation.
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