Members will recall that substantial increases in the liability limits set by the London Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime. Convention on limitation of liability for maritime claims, (with final act). Concluded at London on 19 November. Authentic texts: English, French. LLMC 76 was adopted by the IMO on 19 November and entered into force on 1 December It replaced the International Convention.

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Singapore’s accession to LLMC 76 will help safeguard the interest of the shipping community; shipowners and insurers in particular, and provide greater certainty to the outcome of the compensation regime. The major conventiom of gross tonnage is the under deck tonnage.

A look into the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims

The two major principal differences are:. This is due to the change in the method of determining gross tonnage which, under the Tonnage Convention Regulations, is based upon absolute physical characteristics of the vessel rather than the internal design. Briefly, for the purposes of the Convention, gross register tonnage is a measure of the total internal capacity of a ship, including that of the underdeck and plmc tweendeck spaces, the superstructure and deck houses.

The Brussels Convention stated the provisions of the convention will apply to the charter, manager and operators plmc the ship, and to the master, members of the crew. Other contracting states, such as Australia, supported a significantly higher increase of per cent. It should be understood, however, that for any particular vessel the limitation tonnage will also usually increase for the reasons explained above.


Under the Convention, as the full title implies, the owner of a seagoing ship was the party entitled to limit his liability.

Chapter 1 of the Convention is the Right of Limitation. It has been criticized that an independent agent might not be able to limit the liability as the wordings restrict to one who is involved in the operation of the ship.

The LLMC significantly increased the above levels of limitation, in conventlon cases up to per cent. For other claims, the limit was fixed at SDRplus the following additional amounts based on tonnage on ships above tonnes: Raising the bar for a more sustainable future Salvatore D’Amico.

Thus, in cases where limitation of liability was likely to be involved, costly 19976 time consuming litigation often ensued in an effort to “break the fund”. Ship collision risk increases as China sees more fishery farms.

Samskip to develop autonomous, zero-emissions containerships. This approach results in the limitation tonnage for all vessels increasing, and the increases for certain types of vessel, vonvention vessels of the roll-on roll-off type, are dramatic.

New Limits Under 1996 Protocol to LLMC 1976 – In force in the UK from 30 November 2016

Chapter 1 of the Limitation Convention for Maritime Claims includes:. Increased limits of liability enter into force in This method of tonnage measurement is commonly known as the Moorsom system. Thomas Miller Group Website. Eventually it was the more modest approach that was accepted, which based the increase on the above mentioned changes in inflation rates and also took into consideration the additional period 36 months before entry into force.

The above proposal concludes that the changes in the cinvention rates between and do not exceed 45 per cent and therefore the amendments in the limitation amounts should reflect the above changes. A deducted space must first of all he included in the gross tonnage before it can be deducted for the purposes of calculating net tonnage.


Challenging the way forward Elizabeth Mavropoulou.

Increased limits of liability enter into force in – GARD

You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Limitation provisions can also be found in other international conventions such as the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, the package limitations provided by the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules in relation to cargo claims and by the Athens Convention in relation to claims by individual passengers.

Thus the limitation amount was essentially based on the value of the ship post-casualty. An exempted space convejtion excluded both from the measurement of gross and net tonnage. The product of this need for change is the Convention on the Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims the Convention.

Although still tonnage based, the Convention departs from the concept of limitation tonnage found in the Convention, which was the ship’s net registered tonnage plus the propelling machinery conventoin.

The limits were set at SDRfor personal claims for ships up to tonnes plus the following additional amounts based on tonnage: A Flag State Perspective. This page requires Javascript. Affiliated Bodies and Programmes. The upper surface of the double bottom tanks or similar. An innovative financial approach.