Tag Archives: Capt. A K Bansal

Plight of ship masters

Shipping by its very nature is international in character, concerned as it is with ships engaged in transportation of personnel and goods from country to country. International shipping connections are manifestation of global economy and globalization which have an immense impact on the way commercial


India’s Maritime History

The world knows of only one ocean named after a country and that is the Indian Ocean.From the creation of the world’s first dock to the formation of highly detailed maps inthe Harappan Era, India’s Maritime history is simply astonishing. Evidence exists that around 2300


Arrest Of Ships

Master of a well founded foreign going Merchant ship, safely alongside in a foreign port, may be surprised to be served a warrant of arrest of his ship in that port. To his knowledge his ship has not had any accident and there has been


India’s Maritime History

Indian Teakwood ship stitched with coir yarn. Indians have been competent mariners for over 5 thousand years. They first sailed in primitive rafts, then on Katamarans made with logs or planks bound together with coir yarn. Such rafts are still in use along our coast.


Adam’s Bridge

Adam’s Bridge also known as Rama Setu is a chain of limestone shoals, between Rameswaram Island, off the southeastern coast of Tamil Nadu and Mannar Island, off northwestern coast of Sri Lanka. It is 18 miles long and separates Gulf of Mannar from Palk Strait. Geological evidence suggests that it was a


Four Pillars Of International Maritime Law

Executive summary International maritime law stands on four strong pillars, namely Law of Sovereignty of Nations, Law of Freedom of the High seas, Law of Freedom of Contract and Legal Personality of a Ship. Each country is sovereign within is own political boundries, in which


Maritime Frauds

As a general rule, fraud is usually against ignorance of another and is not seen as a fraud, till it is too late.  A successful maritime fraud being International in nature, involves parties in different countries, thousands of miles away and mostly unknown to each


Force Majeure and the Law

 Term “FORCE MAJEURE” refers to an irresistible force or an unforeseen event beyond the control of a party, making it materially impossible to fulfill a contractual obligation. It maybe an overpowering force by itself, which prevents fulfillment of a contract and does not allow it to be


History of Maritime Law

Seaborne transport was one of the earliest channels of commerce. Rules to resolve disputes involving maritime trade developed along with it. Here are some ancient laws which governed sea, shipping and maritime matters. Code of Ur Nammu 2100 BC Code of Lipit Ishtar 1934 BC