The new Rotterdam rules
SubjectΝαυτιλία -- Δίκαιο και νομοθεσία ; Διεθνές εμπόριο ; Θαλάσσιες μεταφορές ; Ναύλωση και ναύλος
The current thesis aims to analyse the upcoming application of the Rotterdam Rules and their differences with the pre – existing rules of the Hague – Visby and the Hamburg Rules. At the same time it examines the new articles that introduce the Rotterdam Rules. The study will be bibliographic and the development of the dissertation will be based on primary published legislation, professional books and on official reports and researches of prominent researchers and experts of the maritime legislation. Therefore, a detailed and thorough analysis of the above Rules will lead to further academic and professional knowledge and will also be a contribution to the already existing literature. . More specifically, the study begins with a brief reference to the shipping industry. In more detail, we make a historical analysis of the development of the Maritime rules that led to the current Convention of the Rotterdam Rules. The study continues with the presentation and comparison of articles of the Hague-Visby – Rules, Hamburg Rules and the Rotterdam Rules. It is believed that the ‘obsolete’ conventions need to be replaced due to the development in the shipping industry and the continuously increasing containerization and use of multimodal transportation. Moreover, matters that deal with the obligations and the rights of the carrier, the shipper, and the maritime performing parties are examined. It further compares the Hamburg Rules and the Rotterdam Rules, with regard to issues like the transportation of live animals, deck cargo etc. What is more, issues such as electronic transport records, delivery of goods, transfer of rights, etc, that are regulated by the Rotterdam rules are analysed in detail. Finally, conclusive remarks are made with regard to the necessity of application of the New Rules and their beneficial role into the shipping industry.