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Apportioning liability for collisions at sea: The Dream Star – a good start for the Singapore Court

26.02.2018 Maritime

Harry Hirst

Harry Hirst Partner and Master Mariner

On 12 September 2017, Ms Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean handed down what is believed to be one of the first reported judgments of the Singapore High Court in a civil case (The Dream Star [2017] SGHC 220) involving a collision at sea, namely that between the Dream Star and the Meghna Princess, which occurred in Singapore waters on 16 May 2014.

As the Lion City continues to develop as a regional maritime centre, Singapore is becoming an increasingly popular jurisdiction for the resolution of maritime disputes. Another Singapore Court decision in a collision matter is therefore to be welcomed, both as an addition to the growing body of local case law and to the common law library in general.

Harry Hirst, Partner and Master Mariner at Ince & Co, discusses the case in detail here.

This article was first published in December 2017 in the Journal of international Maritime Law  (2017) 23 JIML Issue 5 pp 350-362, by Lawtext Publishing Limited,

Article authors:

Harry Hirst