The database contains 43 case summaries relating to Arbitration/Jurisdiction Clauses in Maritime Law. The summaries are sorted in reverse date order with 20 summaries per page. If there are more than 20 summaries, use the navigation links at the bottom of the page.
Arbella S.A. v. The "Aghia Markella", 94 F.T.R. 229
The subject matter of this dispute was whether the Defendant had breached a charter party when it failed to supply the ship on the date specified. The reason the Defendant could not supply the ship is that it had been detained by Canadian Coast Guard. The Plaintiff argued that the arbitration clause was inoperative because, at the time it was entered into, the parties did not contemplate that the dispute would relate to Canadian Coast Guard. The Court disagreed and referred the matter to arbitration in London.
Donohue Inc. v. The "Ocean Link", No. T-1692-92, (F.C.T.D.)
In this matter the Court refused a motion for a stay of Third Party proceedings on the grounds that, first, the Court could not determine on the evidence before it whether a contract with a jurisdiction clause existed and, second, it was likely that if the stay was granted two separate actions would proceed.
Conagra International S.A. v. Seamotion Navigation Ltd., 1995 CanLII 1789 (BC SC)
In this matter the Defendant shipowner attempted to enforce an arbitration agreement contained in a charter party. The case concerned a shipment of wheat from Canada originally intended for Iraq. The case was unusual in that, because of the embargo on shipments to Iraq, the shipment was resold at sea and redirected to Malta. New bills of lading were issued at the request of the shipper so that the new buyer could obtain title to the shipment. The new bills of lading contained a term that incorporated all provisions of the Charter Party "including arbitration clause". The shipowner relied on the new bills of lading as incorporating the arbitration clause in the Charter Party. The Court, however, held that the new bills of lading were not intended to create a new contractual obligation between the shipper and the shipowner but were merely intended to redirect the shipment and to act as documents of title. The application for a stay was refused.