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New immigration controls for seafarers have been put on hold

David Henderson
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New immigration controls for seafarers entering Brazil have now been put on hold according to a recent draft directive.   In November 2020, foreign crew were being fined because they were in Brazil without a visa and without an ILO 185 SID. This was...

SMA elects two new Partners

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SMA has boosted its partnership ranks with the announcement of two new Partners. The announcement highlights the firm's continued commitment to the expansion of its offering in support of its positioning as leader in the market for international...

International Maritime Conventions in Brazil

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In 2016/2017 Brazil lost 6 additional positions in the ranking of the most competitive economies in the world, falling to the 81 st place – the worst position ever reached in the competitiveness ranking prepared since 1997 by the World Economic Forum....

C185 - Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention

Taina Magalhaes
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ILO Convention 185 came into force in Brazil in December 2015, gained momentum in November 2019, when consolidated by Decree 10.088 and is now being put in practice by the Federal Police (immigration) as a consequence of article 11 of Resolution 42 issued by...

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

David Henderson
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Action to be expected of the Port Health Authority (ANVISA) With the outbreak of the coronavirus, recently declared by the WHO as a global health emergency, Brazil has been adopting control measures for possible assistance in cases of suspected...

Are Charterparty and Bs/l arbitration clauses binding to cargo insurers in Brazil?

Marcos Martins
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In this article, we intend to answer this question and present a recent decision by the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice referred as a precedent in two cases handled by Siano e Martins Advogados (SMA), leading to the extinguishing of cargo claims wrongly...

New oil spills in Brazil - What now, Jose?

Fabiana Martins
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15TH NOVEMBER 2004 Some 15 years ago the methanol tanker Vicuna, while anchored in the Paranaguá (PR) Bay in Brazil, was engulfed in an explosion from an undetermined source. The result the tragic death of 4 people, total loss of the ship and much of...

Maximum Amount of Any Security to Release A Ship From an Arrest

Marcos Martins
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In the light of the 1973 Brazilian Code of Civil Procedure, there was an express rule authorizing the claim for the replacement of the precautionary measure, pursuant to the wording of Section 805. [1] Section 805 was a general rule on the precautionary...

Arbitration and Foreign Jurisdiction Clauses in Contracts for the Maritime Transport of Goods in Brazilian Law

Luiz Roberto Leven Siano
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Maritime Lawyer, Member of Law Firm SMA, Master of International Law and Economic Integration from UERJ, Full Member of the International Maritime Committee - WCC, Guest Professor of Maritime Law, University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Abstract: The...

Speech at Celebration of the 85 Anniversary of the Maritime Court

Fabiana Martins
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Chief of Navy Admiral Ilques Barbosa Junior and all authorities already nominated by the President of the Maritime Court What a joy to be able to gather around the festivities for the 85th anniversary of the Maritime Court in this special year of 2019, when...