Service of NOR by email not permissible under this voyage charterparty

The Commercial Court decision in Trafigura Beheer BV v. Ravennavi SpA (Port Russel) (unreported, published on 1 March 2013) deals with only one issue: namely whether notices of readiness (NORs) could be validly served by email pursuant to the relevant provisions of the voyage charterparty in question. Nonetheless, it is an issue of practical importance and one that the court resolved by considering what the parties could objectively be taken to have intended at the time of entering into the voyage charterparty, as ascertainable from the natural and ordinary meaning of the words used in their agreement.

Mr Justice Popplewell concluded that the relevant charterparty wording did not allow for NORs to be validly served by email…

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