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Last Updated: 2014-03-27 10:14:57

Welcome to This site is about Canadian maritime law, shipping law, marine law, fisheries law, the law of marine insurance and the law of the sea, ships and shipping. On this page you will find recent items and cases of interest.

This site is maintained by Christopher Giaschi of Giaschi & Margolis. The Fisheries Pages are maintained by Brad Caldwell of Caldwell & Co. Please contact us with your comments or suggestions.



Lawyer Rankings

Chambers & Partners, one of the more respected directories that ranks lawyers and law firms, has again ranked Christopher Giaschi as a Band 1 lawyer in Shipping. The Chambers rankings can be found here.

L'Expert, another notable lawyer ranking service, ranks Giaschi & Margolis as a "Leading Firm" in British Columbia for Shipping and Maritime Law and ranks Christopher Giaschi as "Most Frequently Recommended". The L'Expert rankings can be found here.

Updated: 2014-03-27 10:14:57

New Cases

We've added links to some new cases on the right.

Updated: 2014-01-29 13:25:05

Developments in Canadian Maritime Law 2012-2013

We have added the paper Developments in Canadian Maritime Law 2012-2013. A version of this paper was presented at the Annual Seminar of the Canadian Maritime Law Association held in Toronto on 7 June 2013. The paper contains summaries of cases decided between January 2012 and April 2013. To view/download the paper go to the Papers section of the sight or click here.

Updated: 2013-06-27 15:06:46

New Summaries

Summaries for cases decided in 2012 and the first quarter of 2013 are complete.

Updated: 2013-04-16 18:17:05

New Summary - Agreement to Insure

We have added a new summary relating to a case decided in 2011 which was missed in our annual review of 2011 cases. The case is Lafarge Canada Inc. v. JJM Construction Ltd., 2011 BCCA 453 and the summary can be found here.

Updated: 2012-11-14 11:37:26

Site Update Complete

The update of is now complete. All of our summaries have been moved to databases to improve searching and organization. There are approximately 980 summaries that are contained in our databases. We hope you find the changes to be useful.

Updated: 2012-08-21 12:14:48

Site Update Underway

Please be advised that we are in the process completely updating this site. Specifically, all of our summaries are being moved to a database which will allow for better organization and easier searching. There may be some glitches until the transition is completed, for which we apologize.

Updated: 2012-08-20 11:12:59

Case Management in the Federal Court

We have added a paper prepared by Chris Giaschi entitled Case Management in the Federal Court which was presented at a Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal Practice seminar on 9 March 2012. See the Papers page for a copy of the paper

Updated: 2012-08-20 11:12:28

New Summaries 2011-2012

We have completed the summaries of cases decided between 1 January 2011 and 31 March 2012. The paper in pdf format is located here. The individual case summaries have not yet been added to the appropriate subject pages of the site.

Updated: 2012-08-20 11:09:20


Jurisdiction - FOB Contract of Sale - Liability of Vendor/Shipper to Indemnify Purchaser/Charterer for Demurrage and other Expenses

AK Steel Corporation v. Acelormittal Mines Canada Inc.,  2014 FC 118  Summary

Addition of Party After Limitation Period Expiry - Applicable Limitation Period to claim by Passenger Against Repairer

Sperling v. The Queen of Nanaimo,  2014 BCSC 326  Summary

Domestic Carriage - Application of Hague-Visby Rules - Dangerous Goods - Liability of Shipper for Damage Caused to Ship

Oceanex Inc. v. Praxair Canada Inc.,  2014 FC 6  Summary

Water Skiing Accident – Personal Injury – Applicable Limitation Period – Date From Which s.140 MLA Limitation Period Runs

G.B. v. L. Bo,  2014 QCCS 18  Summary

Construction Mortgage - Entitlement of Purchaser/Mortgagee to Return of Advances

Offshore Interiors Inc.  v. Worldspan Marine Inc., 2013 FC 1266 2013 FC 221  Summary

Stays Pending Appeal

Byatt International SA v. Canworld Shipping Company Limited,  2013 BCCA 558  Summary

Personal Injury - Trials - Bifurcation

Woodbury v. Woodbury,  2013 ONSC 7736  Summary

Insolvency Proceedings - Judicial Sale of Ship -Competing Jurisdiction of Federal Court and Provincial Superior Court

Roynat Inc v. Phoenix Sun Shipping Inc,  2013 ONSC 7308  Summary

In Rem Actions - Arrest - Setting Aside - Whether Grinding Dust Damage is Damage Done by a Ship

081768 BC Ltd v. The Ship Aestival,  2013 FC 899  Summary

Insolvency of Intermediate Charterer - Entitlement to Freight

Byatt International S.A. v. Canworld Shipping Company Limited,,  2013 BCCA 427  Summary

Federal Court Jurisdiction- Crown Immunity - Federal Court Has No Jurisdiction Over Province

Alberta v. Toney, 2013 FCA 217 2012 FC 1412  Summary

Tug and Tow - Vicarious Liability of Vessel for Damage caused by Tug - Collisions - Limitation of Liability

Grieg Shipping A/S v. Fortune Marine Ltd., 2013 FCA 218 2012 FC 1110  Summary

Liens and Mortgages- Ranking of Administration Charge

Worldspan Marine Inc. v. Caterpillar Financial Services,  2013 BCSC 1593  Summary

Liens and Mortgages – Application of CCAA - Administrative Charge – Ranking Relative to Mortgage

Worldspan Marine v. Caterpillar Financial Services,  2013 BCSC 1593  Summary

Summary Judgment - Foreign Judgment - Sufficiency of Evidence - Mortgage Enforcement

Lakeland Bank v. The Ship Never E Nuff,  2013 FC 864  Summary

Canadian Maritime Law - Application of Provincial Statutes - Workers Compensation

Marine Services International Ltd. v. Ryan Estate, 2013 SCC 44 2011 NLCA 42  Summary

Canadian Maritime Law - Application of Provincial Statutes - Sale of Vessel - Misrepresentation

9171-7702 Québec Inc. v. Canada,  2013 FC 832  Summary

Offences- Criminal Negligence - Sentencing

R. v. Lilgert,  2013 BCSC 1329  Summary

Jurisdiction - Sale of Property not in Canada

SDV Logiostiques (Canada) Inc. v. Dieselgenset Type 8M 25, Engine No. 45085 EX the Barge Andrea,  2013 FC 671  Summary

Stays of Proceedings - Second action Pending - Setting Aside Arrest

Quin-Sea Fisheries Limited v. The Broadbill I ,  2013 FC 575  Summary

Jurisdiction Clauses - Stays of Proceedings - Forwarding Agents

DHL Global Forwarding (Canada) Inc. v. CMA-CGM S.A.,  2013 FC 534  Summary

Carriage by Sea - Application of Hague-Visby Rules - In Rem Actions - Change of Ownership - Damage Done by a Ship

The “Mercury XII”  v. The “MLT-3” , 2013 FCA 96 2012 FC 738  Summary

Priorities - Whether s.139 MLA applies to construction of ships? - Meaning of Foreign Ship - Whether personal liability of owner required?

Comfact Corporation v. Hull 717, 2013 FCA 93 2012 FC 1161  Summary

Judicial Sales - Priorites - Costs - Procedure in Priorities Disputes

Cameco Corporation v. The "MCP Altona",  2013 FC 177  Summary

Montreal Convention - Limitation of Liability - Requirement of Notice

Durunna v. Air Canada,  2013 ABPC 31  Summary

Discovery - Privilege - Appeals - Whether Order of Prothonotary Discretionary

Hagedorn v. The "Helios",  2013 FC 101  Summary

Liens - Mortgages - Priorities - Necessaries Lien - Salvage Convention

Cameco Corp. v. The "MCP Altona",  2013 FC 23  Summary

Assessment of Sheriff's Costs

TAM International Inc. v. The MCP Altona, 2013 FC 9 2012 FC 1168  Summary

Offences – Canada Shipping Act Violations

R.  v. Ralph, 2013 NLCA 1 2011 NLTD 10  Summary