Untying the knot of Italian ship arrest law

Michele Mordiglia, partner of the Mordiglia Law Firm and member of the IR Global network, published an article on Trade Winds magazine, in which he analyzes the issue of arrest of ships in accordance with Italian law. Here the link and the comment published on Trade Winds along with the full article: https://www.tradewindsnews.com/legal/1810055/untying-the-knot-of-italian-ship-arrest-law; Trade Winds, 19 June 2019; Trade Winds, IR Global, 3 June 2019.

The West Tankers judgment is still “good law” after the recast of Brussels I Regulation?

Marco Lopez de Gonzalo, partner of Studio Legale Mordiglia, published an article on the recent Nori Holdings v. Bank Otkritie case, regarding the role of the anti-suit injunctions as protection of arbitration proceedings, raised before English courts for the first time after the entry into force of Regulation (EU) n. 1215/2012. In fact, with the introduction of the aforementioned Regulation, and in particular with its recital 12, we were led to wonder if something had changed in the context of the exclusion of the arbitration pursuant to art. 1.2.b), with reference to the admissibility of anti-suit injunctions, so as to question again the conclusions reached in this regard by the Court of Justice with the West Tankers judgment, issued when the previous Regulation 44/2001 was in force. With the sentence “Nori Holdings”, Mr. Lopez highlighted in his article how the English High Court has nevertheless confirmed what was held in the “West Tankers” judgment, empathizing the essential steps, including in particular the fundamental principle of mutual trust between the jurisdictions of the Member States, stating that the West Tankers judgment “remains an authoritative statement of EU law”.

COSTA CONCORDIA F.A.Q. – Propeller of Monaco

On Thursday 16 May 2019, Pietro Palandri, partner of Mordiglia Law Firm, will give a lecture at the Propeller Club of Monaco entitled: “Costa Concordia FAQ“, related to the tragic accident occurred at Giglio Island on January 13th 2012. The event, arranged by Propeller Club of Monaco, will see the participation of numerous representatives of the maritime world.

Blue Economy Summit 2019

On 13 and 14 May 2019, the “Blue Economy Summit – II edition” will be held in Genoa. Studio Legale Mordiglia has been a sponsor of this event since its first edition (www.besummit.it ). During the session “Technological evolution: development of open innovation and start up paths” on Tuesday, May 14, in the Hall of Representation of Palazzo Tursi, Marco Lopez de Gonzalo will give a lecture on “Maritime law and technological evolution: the case of autonomous ships”.


Enrico Salvatico has been appointed as President of the ANIMP (Italian Association of Industrial Plant) Logistics, Transport and Freight Forwarding Department for the four-year period 2018-2022.

ANIMP is a meeting point for companies and professional experts of plant design and installation e represents an important landmark for the supply chain.

Among the associates there are EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) Contractors, small and medium companies providing materials, services, placement and assembly, end-users, University professors, professional experts and scholars, all of them dealing with the design and construction of industrial plants, major works and infrastructures.

For further information please visit www.animp.it.

Tort claim against the actual carrier: the claim is subject to the same regime applicable to the contractual carrier

SLM recently assisted a shipowner sued by a cargo insurer who claimed the reimbursement of the salvage compensation, amounting to euro 6 million, paid by the insurer in favor of the salvor who assisted the vessel and the cargo after a fire broke out in the engine room. The Tribunal of Genoa with judgement dated 22.1.2019 rejected the claim declaring it time barred. The Tribunal held that the claim in tort against the actual carrier (shipowner) other than the contractual carrier was subject to the same regime, the Hague Visby Rules, governing the liability of the carrier including the one year time bar period. Such decisions was rendered on the basis of a non-recent decision of the Court of Cassation, according to which the HVR applies both to the actual and the contractual carrier, and under the Himalaya clause included in the bill of lading which gave the shipowner the benefit of all contractual and law provisions applicable to the carrier.

Terrorist attack at Bardo Museum in Tunis: Tour Operator not liable for terrorist attack

SLM recently assisted a cruise company sued by the victims of the terrorist attack occurred during the shore excursion at the Bardo Museum of Tunis on 18th March 2015. The Tribunal of Turin with judgment dated 12.11.2018 and the Tribunal of Verona with judgment dated 24.12.2018 rejected the claims for damages submitted by the victims holding that (i) the duty of care of the Tour Operator required him to consult and follow the official information available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but no more than that (and in the instant case no specific warning has been published by the Ministry) and (ii) the terrorist attack was an unforeseeable and unavoidable event entirely beyond the control of the Tour Operator, for which the Tour Operator could not accordingly be blamed.

Insurance compensation and compensation for damages: non-cumulation rule

By judgement n. 12565/2018, the United Sections of the Italian Court of Cassation held that insurance compensation and compensation for damages aim at same compensatory functions and, therefore, they cannot be liquidated together. Payment of the indemnity, by the damaged party, determines a corresponding reduction of its claim for compensation against the damaging party, that can no longer be claimed. Furthermore, the takeover of the insurer, according to art. 1916 of the Italian Civil Code, takes place automatically, following the payment of compensation for that damage for which the third party is responsible. The takeover, in particular, does not require any prior communication from the insurer regarding its intention to succeed in the rights of the insured against any third party.

Application and lawfulness of the clauses “Claims made” for matters relating to insurance.

By Judgement n. 22437 of 24th September 2018 the United Section of the Court of Cassation held that, for matters relating to insurance, the clauses “claims made” are an exception from the typical insurance of civil liability outlined by art. 1917 cod. civ. paragraph 1. Such insurance coverage does not operate in relation to all claims for damages, arising during the period of execution of the contract, but under the condition that, during the period of policy’s operation, a request for compensation takes action by the injured third party and also that such request is forwarded by the insured party to the insurer. Nevertheless, in order to assess the lawfulness of a “claims made” clause, it is necessary to consider overall the matter brought before the court, its impact on reporting obligations, the correspondence between insurance premium and assured risk and the existence of a withdrawal clause during the employment relationship.

Master degree course on Marine and Transport Insurance (MASMET)

On 19th September 2018, Mirko Scapinello and Filippo Pellerano gave a lecture during the master degree course on marine and transport insurance (MASMET) organized by the Genoa University in cooperation with various operators and practitioners in the shipping market. The lesson, which has taken place at P. L Ferrai & Co. premises in Genoa, focused on the interactions between the insurance covers in the context of big casualties like the Costa Concordia and the Norman Atlantic.