The scenario is common enough: an owner voyage-charters its bulk cargo vessel to a charterer to load a cargo of, say, wheat, for carriage from Point A to Point B. En route, the vessel suffers serious mechanical problems resulting in a long delay in the delivery of the cargo.
As the United Kingdom moves closer to ratifying the Cape Town Convention and the Aircraft Protocol, it remains to be seen whether the United Kingdom will preserve the so called "fleet lien" for air navigation charges, including those issued by EUROCONTROL.
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