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Italy: New Law Contains Measures on Visas, Territorial Waters, Virtual Proceedings in Drug Trials, and Refugee Centers

(Jan. 22, 2021) On December 20, 2020, Italy’s government issued Law No. 173 of December 18, 2020, which contains new measures concerning visas, vessels in territorial waters, virtual proceedings in drug trafficking prosecutions, and refugee center security and detainee welfare. New Provisions on Student Visas, Resident Visas for Refugees The new legislation allows foreign students who […]

Italy: Amendments to the Nautical Sports Code Approved

(Jan. 4, 2021) On November 12, 2020, Italy’s government issued Legislative Decree No. 160, which amends and corrects the consolidated text of the Nautical Sports Code. Regulated Activities The code applies to navigation carried out in maritime or inland waters, exclusively for sporting or recreational and nonprofit purposes, using pleasure boats having any method of […]

China: Tobacco Leaf Tax and Vessel Tonnage Tax Laws Passed

(Jan. 19, 2018) On December 27, 2017, in its last session of 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC) adopted laws regulating the taxation of tobacco leaves and the taxation of vessel tonnage. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Yanye Shui Fa (Dec. 27, 2017), NPC website; Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Chuanbo Dunshui Fa […]

Indonesia: Rules for Foreign Cruise Ships Liberalized

(Sept. 27, 2017) Regulations have come into effect this year in Indonesia that make it simpler for cruise ships and yachts to dock in the country’s ports; the changes include allowing them to register online. The purpose is to help the tourism industry and reach the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of 400 foreign cruise ships […]

Italy: Civil Liability of Port Pilots

(Dec. 30, 2016) On January 3, 2017, new legislation on the civil liability of port pilots will enter into effect in Italy.  (Law No. 230 of December 1, 2016, Amendments to the Navigation Code Concerning the Civil Liability of Port Pilots and Technical-Nautical Services (Law No. 230), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).)  Port pilots are responsible for […]

Israel: Supreme Court Orders Release of Ship Captured Attempting to Break Gaza Blockade

(Aug. 10, 2016) On August 8, 2016, the Supreme Court of Israel rejected an appeal by the state against the Haifa District Court’s decision not to allow confiscation of the ship Estelle. Instead, the Court ordered the release of the ship to its owners.  (CA7307/14 State of Israel v. the Ship Estelle (Aug. 8, 2016), […]

Netherlands: Rotterdam District Court Poised to Handle All Dutch Shipping Disputes

(Mar. 18, 2016) The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands has drafted legislation, which has been approved by the Dutch Cabinet, to give the Rotterdam District Court exclusive jurisdiction in maritime cases. (Maritime Cases to Be Brought Before the Rotterdam District Court, GOVERNMENT.NL (Mar. 4, 2014); Concentration of Shipping Disputes at the Court of […]