Connect Shipping Inc and another v Sveriges Anfgartygs Assurans Forening (The Swedish Club) and others

Shipping – Insurance claim. The Commercial Court ruled that the claimant owners of a vessel that had been damaged by fire off the coast of Egypt were entitled to be indemnified by the defendant insurers, on a constructive total loss basis, for their pre-notice of abandonment costs as well as certain post-notice of abandonment costs. It held that the claimants had satisfied the requirements of giving notice of abandonment with reasonable diligence, given the complexity of the case and where there had been conflicting estimates of costs of repair, and there was no basis for limiting cost of recovery and repair to recovery and repair after notice of abandonment had been given.

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