RENA'S RETURN Is New Zealand ready for the next wreck?
Dr Bevan Marten, Senior Lecturer in Law
A Liberian-flagged bulk carrier goes aground off the coast of Wellington due to the negligence of an exhausted crew, spilling tonnes of fuel oil on to the South Coast. The vessel’s owners are insolvent, and its fixed-premiumChinese insurer is not returning Crown Law’s phone calls. What options does New Zealand have? What are the potential costs to the taxpayer? Have we learned anything from the Rena disaster?
New Zealanders might argue that the Rena was resolved relatively well given the potential scale of the disaster, but our success following that wreck had far more to do with the owners’ and insurers’ commercial and reputational priorities than the law. When the next ship hits the rocks, we are far more vulnerable than we might think. This presentation will set out the current shortcomings in New Zealand’s law of wreck, and the difficult choice that awaits reformers.
Bevan Marten is a Senior Lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington School of Law. His teaching and research is mainly in maritime law, insurance law and the core private law subjects, and he is the author of books on Port State Jurisdiction and the Regulation of International Merchant Shipping, as well as Maritime Law in New Zealand (which was launched earlier this year). Bevan is an active member of New Zealand’s MLAANZ branch committee, with a particular interest in its law reform activities. He also holds a practising certificate as a Barrister.
Kumutoto Room Level Six,
Dress: Business Casual
5.00pm – Registration and welcome drink
5.30pm – Presentation Presentation and drink only $10.00
Optional dinner following presentation, welcome drink and supper $50.00.