Shipping and Transport Bulletin – October-November 2017
In this issue, we address once again the issue of use of public docks by non-concessionaire stevedoring companies. A recent ruling of the Italian Supreme Court now indeed seems to have put a definitive end to this issue.
How does Italy guarantee the competitive level of port activities? Two recent headlines shed light on the different level of awareness of Italian ports as compared to European ones in respect of their competitiveness.
It has been almost one year since the Italian port reform came into force, we wonder if perhaps there is a gap in the law as far as port accident prevention and safety are concerned.
The Italian Competition and Market Authority (AGCM) has recently disclosed a report sent by the Italian Transport Regulation Authority (ART) to the Italian Ministry of Transport on protection of free competition in the market of maritime cabotage to and from Italian minor islands. This gives us the opportunity to discuss the issue in more detail.
A recent ruling of the Joint Divisions of the Italian Supreme Court has established that the concept of “punitive damages” is not in itself incompatible with the Italian legal system. We provide useful insights into the likely impact of this new approach in terms of insurance.
We want to thank our colleagues at Nctm Brussels’s office for their contributions highlighting the most significant actions taken by EU institutions in the international shipping and trade sector.
You will also find a list of our events taking place at our Milan and Rome offices, in addition to the usual update on our firm’s activities over the past two months.