Issue XIII (February 2013) of the GA Shipping and Maritime Newsletter has just been published and is available to download by clicking here.

In brief:

Malta ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) The Republic of Malta on 18th January 2013 became the 34th ILO Member State to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Ratification of the MLC, 2006 bears further witness to Malta’s commitment to quality shipping and enhanced protection of seafarers.

Case Report: In Unitor AS vs M.V. Norbel Bulk, the Maltese Civil Court ruled on a case involving the right of a creditor to proceed in rem against a vessel following its transfer and registration onto Maltese flag.

Legislative Developments: A brief outline of the Merchant Shipping Directorate Notices 101 to 103 and Technical Notice issued by the Malta Flag Authority.

Name Change Announcement – Ganado Advocates: With effect from Monday 4th February, 2013 Ganado & Associates, Advocates changed its practice name to GANADO Advocates. Our new name reflects the name by which the firm has come to be known among clients and colleagues, and we have taken the opportunity of a rebranding exercise and a website re-launch to reflect this reality.

We continue to deepen legal advisory resources and focus on our international practice which is dominated by shipping and aviation, financial services (banking, insurance and investments) and corporate law together with taxation, trusts, employment law and litigation, which support all practice areas.