Administrative Shortcomings and their Legal Implications in the context of Safe Ports

Alexander Peter McKinnon


The concept of “safe ports” continues to be an area of critical concern for charterers and shipowners. Traditionally viewed in light of the physical characteristics of the port in question, the modern approach taken by the courts often includes a detailed examination of administrative features of the port authority. In light of increased global security and health risks the recognised principles are under scrutiny. This paper examines the nature of the safe port obligation and analyses the important decisions dealing with administrative shortcomings. It contextualises the emerging issues and highlights the future implications for the law of safe ports.


Safe ports; administrative shortcomings; port authority; security risks; contagious diseases; charterparty; charterparties

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