The legal position of the ship’s Master when tackling the day-to-day pressures of today’s shipping industry, will be the subject of this year’s Cadwallader Debate, organised by the London Shipping Law Centre, Maritime Business Forum.
The debate, to be held at the Lloyd’s Building in the last week of October, will be chaired by the Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony and will be attended by over 400 delegates from across ship owning, ship management, insurance, law, class and regulation.
Entitled: The Master Under Attack –What is the Legal Position?, the debate will discuss the problems Masters face and suggest possible solutions.
The problems include:
- Erosion of the Master’s Authority
- Increase of the Master’s responsibility
- The Master as a legal ‘hostage’
- The powerful position of charterers
- The global vulnerability of the Master
- External interference
- Bullying and harassment by authorities in the port
- The demands of modern technology
Suggested solutions include the need to support the Master; the need to reinforce his authority – or reduce the liabilities; and the need to consider carefully, the consequences of maintaining the status quo by doing nothing.
About the Cadwallader Debate
Professor Cadwallader was a teacher of maritime law to many international students at University College London (UCL) between 1963 and 1982. In tribute to his memory and his contribution to the advancement of knowledge in maritime law, the Cadwallader Lecture was established by London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC) Founder and Chairman, Dr Aleka Sheppard in 1998.