The Kerala High Court on Wednesday orally observed that it is high time that the High Court framed admiralty rules to deal with maritime cases. Admiralty rules are norms related to the procedure of handling maritime cases. Having no rules of its own, the Kerala High Court is presently dependant on the Madras High Court rules in this regard.
Justice P Bhavadasan made the observation when a petition filed by two exporting companies claiming compensation from a shipping company for damage of cargo, came up for hearing.
The petitioners raised a claim for `25 lakh towards damaged raw cashew nut imported from West Africa through the Cochin Port on a vessel of a French company. It was alleged in the petition that the entire cargo was damaged owing to the negligence on the part of the carrier owned by the French company.