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Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage

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Malika Gunasekera

This book deals with the liability conventions brought into existence by the International Maritime Organization and concentrates on the newly adopted instrument dealing with bunker oil pollution as an area of great concern for every stakeholder involved in shipping business. The work covers a wide spectrum ranging from the Convention itself to its scope of application, liable and aggrieved parties, jurisdiction, requirements of liability and admissibility of claims, defences and exoneration from liability. It addresses many areas of interest and of importance to international and national legal advisors, lawyers, law students and anyone interested in the relevant field such as shipowners, charterers, shipbrokers, ship personnel and associated contractors and sub-contractors.

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Preface 13

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13 Preface International commercial maritime has developed immensely throughout the his- tory of maritime activities in the world facilitating needs of international trade more than any other aspect of transportation. This development has taken related areas of concern such as the law to very great heights identifying the importan- ce of regulating harmonized international legal structure. Since the very incep- tion of the International Maritime Consultative Committee that later became the International Maritime Organization, the said harmonization of varying laws of States has brought effective outcomes for the smooth functioning of the maritime industry thus creating a somewhat fair level field on which different actors could take on their respective roles in maintaining growth. This book focuses on a most recent development in the field of maritime commerce that applies to the entire operation of ships, especially upon its entering into force. The said work would not only provide an opportunity for international as well as respective national practitioners in applying the area concern in their general legal practice, but also widen knowledge of all interested parties, especially acad- emicians, students and morefully persons involved in the maritime business. The subject of Bunker Oil Pollution Damage and related liabilities have well been dis- cussed in this work understanding the importance of providing a wide coverage of the application and implementation of the provisions dealt in the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001. The Max Planck Research School for Maritime Affairs inspired me in taking up...

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