MUR Shipping v RTI: "Reasonable endeavours" decision overturned
Previously, we wrote about the case of MUR Shipping v RTI and whether the obligation in the relevant force majeure clause to use "reasonable endeavours" to overcome a force majeure event required "non-contractual" performance. The English High Court held that it did not. This decision was overturned by the English Court of Appeal.
Onshore wind power – increased local influence
On 13 January 2023, the Norwegian Government issued a consultation paper with a proposal for changes to the licensing process for onshore wind power projects. The main take-away is that the proposal will significantly increase the municipalities' influence over new projects, as new municipal planning and zoning requirements must be concluded before a specific wind power project may be granted a license in accordance with the Energy Act.
Safety first: The position on demurrage
The High Court has clarified when a shipowner may disregard charterers' voyage instructions without interrupting demurrage, in a decision which underlines the obligation on voyage charterers to choose safe ports and safe berths for the vessel to proceed to.