Maritime Law: Consumption of Fuel Stores During Hijacking

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Is Consumption of Fuel Stores During a Hijacking Event Covered by General Average? By an appeal published July 13, 2016, a British appellate court affirmed an intermediate appellate decision dated October 24, 2014, that had held that vessel fuel stores (colloquially known as “bunkers”) expended while a hijacked ship is under the control of pirates during ransom negotiations constitute an allowable general average “additional expense” under Rule F of the York Antwerp Rules, the industry codification of traditional general average law.

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