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Standard P&I Club Case law – The Eternal Bliss: demurrage is the only remedy available from a voyage charterer for losses arising from failure to complete cargo operations within laytime

Standard Club has published a summary on the case of The Eternal Bliss. The Court of Appeal has overturned the previous Commercial Court judgment, concluding that demurrage ‘liquidates the whole of the damages arising from a charterer’s breach of charter in failing to complete cargo operations within the laytime and not merely some of them. Accordingly, if a shipowner seeks to recover damages in addition to demurrage arising from delay, it must prove a breach of a separate obligation’. An appeal has now been granted by The Supreme Court.

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