Brexit the endgame. Part 2. EU retained law in the maritime sphere.

Further items of maritime EU law that amount to retained law which were implemented through a statutory instrument pursuant to the powers given to the Secretary of State under s2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972.

– The Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution) (Bunkers Convention) Regulations 2006  SI 2006/ 1244 which implemented the Bunkers Convention

– the Merchant Shipping (Carriage of Passengers by Sea) Regulations 2012 which implemented the Protocol to the Athens Convention, pursuant to the powers given to the Secretary of State under s2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972, and also applied it to domestic voyages within the UK on board Class A ships on or after 30 December 2016 and Class B ships on or after 30 December 2018.  When the Protocol entered into force internationally on 23 April 2014, the UK ratified the Protocol by means of the Merchant Shipping (Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea) (Amendment) (Order) 2014 no 361 in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 183(4) and (6) and 184(1) and (3) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, and therefore the Protocol itself will remain part of the law of the UK after Brexit. The provision relating to domestic voyages within the UK does, however, constitute retained EU law.

– The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) (England) Regulations 2015 SI 2015/810 (and equivalent Regulations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales);

– The Merchant Shipping (Compulsory Insurance of Shipowners for Maritime Claims) Regulations 2012, SI 2012 No. 2267.

These will all be subject to the sunset provisions of the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022 unless restated by regulation by a relevant national authority no later that 23 June 2026 (the tenth anniversary of the EU referendum).

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Professor Simon Baughen

Professor Simon Baughen was appointed as Professor of Shipping Law in September 2013 (previously Reader at the University of Bristol Law School). Simon Baughen studied law at Oxford and practised in maritime law for several years before joining academia. His research interests lie mainly in the field of shipping law, but also include the law of trusts and the environmental law implications of the activities of multinational corporations in the developing world. Simon's book on Shipping Law, has run to seven editions (soon to be eight) and is already well-known to academics and students alike as by far the most learned and approachable work on the subject. Furthermore, he is now the author of the very well-established practitioner's work Summerskill on Laytime. He has an extensive list of publications to his name, including International Trade and the Protection of the Environment, and Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs - Closing the Governance Gap. He has also written and taught extensively on commercial law, trusts and environmental law. Simon is a member of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, a University Research Centre within the School of Law, and he currently teaches at Swansea on the LLM in:Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air; Charterparties Law and Practice; International Corporate Governance.

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