- The Nigerian maritime sector contributes a lot to the Nigerian economy, but like any other sector involving human ventures, it has its fair share of claims or disputes which are resolved by litigation (starting from Federal High Court (‘FHC’), or arbitration or mediation where agreed to by parties to maritime contracts.
- “Admiralty has so much affinity with maritime law, so much so that the words are used interchangeably in marine practice.” See Integrated Timber & Plywood Products Ltd v UBN Plc (2006) LPELR-1519(SC).
EFFECT OF COVID-19 ON MARITIME CLAIM/DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- Standstill, and subsequently delay, in the hearing and determination of maritime disputes or claims.
- In March 2020, the Federal and Lagos State Governments and the National Judicial Council on 23 March 2020, took intervening actions to curb the spread of Corona virus and Corona virus disease (“COVID-19”) by ‘lockdown’, suspension of court proceedings or hearings, social or physical distancing, mandatory 14-day quarantine period for those returning to Nigeria, suspension of international flights, ban on inter-State movements etc…
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