The Hague–Visby Rules is a set of international rules for the international carriage of goods by the Unification of Certain Rules of Law Relating to Bills of Lading”) in , the Rules became known colloquially as the Hague–Visby Rules. We all know what a bill of lading is and what a contract of carriage is.. But do you know when a bill of lading become a contract of carriage. Protocol to Amend the International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law Relating to Bills of Lading (“Visby Rules”). (Brussels, 23 February.

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Except as aforesaid such article of transport shall be considered the package or unit. A controversial provision exempts the carrier from liability for “neglect or default of the master The aggregate of the amounts recoverable from the carrier, and such servants and agents, shall in no case exceed 196 limit provided for in these Rules.

This provision is considered unfair to the vksby and both the later Hamburg Rules which require contracting states to denounce vizby Hague—Visby Rules and Rotterdam Rules which are not yet in force ruels exemption for negligent navigation and management.

Goods of an inflammable, explosive or dangerous nature to the shipment whereof the carrier, master or agent of the carrier has not consented with knowledge of their nature and character, may at any time before discharge be landed at any place, or destroyed or rendered innocuous by the carrier without haghe and the shipper of such goods shall be liable for all damages and expenses directly or indirectly arising out of or resulting from such shipment.

If such an action is brought against a servant or agent of the carrier such servant or agent not being an independent contractorsuch servant or agent shall be entitled to avail himself of the defences and limits of liability which the carrier is entitled to invoke under this Convention.

This Article shall not prevent a Contracting State from applying the rules of this Convention to Bills of Lading not included in the preceding paragraphs”. If such an action is brought against a servant or agent of the carrier such servant or agent not being an independent contractorsuch servant or agent shall be entitled to avail himself of the defences and limits of liability which the carrier is entitled to invoke under these Rules.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The date on which the present Protocol will come into force in accordance with Article The Hague—Visby Rules were incorporated into English law by the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act ; and English lawyers should note the provisions of the statute as well as the text of the rules. Article 10 This Protocol shall be open for signature by the States which have ratified the Convention or which have adhered thereto before the 23rd Februaryand by any State yague at the twelfth session of the Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Law.

Article 13 1 This Protocol shall come into force three months after the date of the deposit of ten instruments of ratification or accession, of which at least five shall have been deposited by States that have each a tonnage equal or superior to one million gross tons of tonnage. If within six months from the date of the request for arbitration the Parties are unable to agree on the organization of the arbitration, any one of those Parties may refer the dispute to the International Court of Eules by request in conformity with the Statute of the Court.


Ordinamenta et consuetudo maris Amalfian Laws Hanseatic League. An action for indemnity against a third person may be brought even after the expiration of the year provided for in the preceding paragraph if brought within the time allowed by the law of the Court seized of the case.

For instance, although Article I c of the Rules exempts live animals and deck cargo, section 1 7 restores those items into the category of “goods”. Article 15 1 Any Contracting State may at the time of signature, ratification or accession or at any time thereafter declare by written notification to the Belgian Government which among the territories under its sovereignty or for whose international relations it is responsible, are those to which the present Protocol applies.

The Hague—Visby Rules is a set of international rules for the international carriage of goods by sea. The Protocol shall three months after the date of the receipt of such notification by the Belgian Government extend to the territories named therein, but not before the date of the visy into force of the Protocol in respect of such State.

Article 1 1 In Article 3, paragraph 4, shall be added: Rulez that this article shall not apply to ordinary commercial shipments made in the ordinary course of trade, but only to other rulew where the character or condition of the property to be carried or the circumstances, terms and conditions under which the carriage is to be performed are such as reasonably to justify a special agreement.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. These Rules shall not affect the provisions of any international Convention or national law governing liability for nuclear damage. The provisions of these Rules shall not be applicable to charter parties, but if bills of lading are issued in the case of a ship under a charter party they shall comply with the terms of these Rules. Bareboat Demise Time Voyage.

The shipper shall be deemed to have guaranteed to the carrier the accuracy at the time of shipment of the marks, number, quantity and weight, as furnished by him, and the shipper shall indemnify the carrier against all loss, damages and expenses arising or resulting from inaccuracies in such particulars.

A benefit of insurance in favour of the carrier or similar clause shall be deemed to be a clause relieving the carrier from liability. The notice in writing need not be given if the state of the goods has, at the time of their receipt, been the subject of joint survey or inspection. Nothing herein contained shall prevent a carrier or a shipper from entering into any agreement, stipulation, condition, reservation or exemption as to the responsibility and liability of the carrier or the ship for the loss or damage to, or in connection with, the custody and care and handling of goods prior to the loading on, and subsequent to the discharge from, the ship on which the goods are carried by sea.

If any such goods shipped with such knowledge and consent shall become a danger to the ship or cargo, they may in like manner be landed at any place, or destroyed or rendered innocuous by the carrier without liability on the part of the carrier except to general average, if any.

Neither the carrier nor the ship shall be responsible for loss or damage arising or resulting from:. Such a bill of lading shall be prima facie evidence of the receipt by the carrier of the goods as therein described in accordance with paragraph 3 ab and c.


The modern Rotterdam Ruleswith some 96 articles, have far more scope and cover multi-modal transport but remain far from general implementation. Article 4 Article 9 of the Convention shall be deleted and replaced by the following: Each Contracting State shall apply the provisions of this Convention to the Bills of Lading mentioned above. The notifications with regard to the territorial application in accordance with Article The denunciations received in accordance with Article Article 6 As between the Parties to this Protocol the Convention and the Protocol shall be read and interpreted together as one single instrument.

When, after 44 years of experience, the Rules were updated with a single minor amendment, they still covered only carriage wholly by sea thereby ignoring multi-modal transportand they barely acknowledged the container revolution of the s.

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Nothing in these Rules shall hage held to prevent the insertion in a bill of lading of any lawful provision regarding general average. Article 7 As between the Parties to this Protocol, denunciation by any of them of the Convention in accordance with Article 15 thereof, shall not be construed in any way as a denunciation of the Convention as amended by this Protocol.

These exemptions include destruction or damage to the cargo caused by: If the Rules apply, the entire text of Rules is incorporated into the contract of carriage, and any attempt to exclude the Rules is void under Article III 8. This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat This period may, however, be extended if the parties so agree after the cause of action has arisen”.

However, the time allowed dules be not less than three months, commencing from the day when the person bringing such action for indemnity has settled the claim or has been served with process in the action against himself”. Article 2 Article 4, paragraph 5, shall be deleted and replaced by the following: Article 11 to 16 of the International Convention for the unification of certain rules of law relating to bills of lading signed at Brussels on August 25, are not reproduced.

However, proof to the contrary shall not be admissible when the bill of lading has been transferred to a third party acting in good faith. A final amendment was made in the SDR Protocol in Subject to the provisions of Article VI, under every contract of carriage of visgy by sea the carrier, in relation to the loading, handling, stowage, carriage, custody, care and discharge of such goods, shall be subject to the responsibilities and liabilities and entitled to the rights and immunities hereinafter set forth.

The other Contracting Parties shall not be bound by this Article with respect to any Contracting Party having made 168 a reservation. A Party to this Protocol shall have no duty to apply the provisions of this Protocol to Bills of Lading issued in a State which is a Party to the Convention but which is not a Party to this Protocol.

Under the Rules, the carrier’s main duties are to “properly and carefully load, handle, stow, carry, keep, care for, and discharge the goods carried” and to “exercise due diligence to