This was a net damage case involving a claim for damages incurred by a vessel when its net was fouled by another vessel during a very short opening in the 1997 herring seine fishery. The issues raised by this case included the following: 1)Recovery for contractual relational economic loss; 2)Limitation of Liability; 3)Restitution for unjust enrichment with an accounting of …Full Summary
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Mosquito Creek Marina v. Malecek, 2006 BCPC 139
In this matter the Defendant had moored her pleasure vessel at the Plaintiff’s marina for a number of years. During that time moorage was paid, sometimes in cash, to the marina’s bookkeeper. The bookkeeper had apparently not been recording all payments received and was fired. The new bookkeeper after reviewing the books determined the Defendant owed $15,000 in back moorage …Full Summary
Continental Insurance Co. v. Almassa International Inc., 2003 CanLII 45611
This case concerned a shipment of lumber carried from Canada to Saudi Arabia, some of which was loaded on deck and some of which under deck. During the voyage the vessel suffered engine failure and had to be towed to Piraeus, Greece for repairs. The shipment was insured under an open cargo policy. The assured was concerned about the possibility …Full Summary
Whiten v. Pilot Insurance Co., 2002 SCC 18
Although not a marine insurance case, this decision by the Supreme Court of Canada is of significant interest to marine insurers. The facts were that the Plaintiff’s home was destroyed in a fire. The Defendant, the Plaintiff’s insurer, denied the claim made under the insurance policy on the grounds that the fire had been deliberately set even though the local …Full Summary