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Marine Insurance Law


Course Co-ordinator:

Associate Professor G Bradfield


The Faculty reserves the right to limit classes to 20 students, with preference given to those who are registered for the specialist programme in Shipping Law.

Course outline:

Although the course focuses on South African law, comparisons are made with the laws of other jurisdictions. The course covers acquisition, ownership and registration of ships; ship's mortgages; historical and modern wreck; master and crew; the operation of ships, including statutory requirements, SOLAS and the ISM Code, Port State Control and the sub-standard ship; Navigation & collisions; Salvage; Towage; Pilotage; Oil pollution liability; and the limitation of a ship owner's liability.


Late afternoon classes twice weekly 16h30 - 18h00 for the duration of the semester, provisionally on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes include regular seminar sessions at which students are required to participate in discussion and presentation.

DP requirements:

Satisfactory attendance at and participation in lectures and seminar sessions. Satisfactory completion of assignments during the semester.


Two written research assignments or one assignment and one debate will be set during the semester. Assignment and debate marks collectively count 50% towards the year-end course evaluation. One three-hour examination, at the end of the semester.