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Carver on Bills of Lading

Carver on Bills of Lading
4th Edition
Series:  British Shipping Laws
Practice Area:  Shipping
ISBN:  9780414057425
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  24 Mar 2017
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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Carver on Bills of Lading offers exhaustive coverage of the nature and uses of bills of lading in commercial transactions, negotiations and on occasion disputes. Written by two of the foremost commentators on this area of law, the work contains a commentary on the Hague-Visby rules and the Rotterdam rules in addition to coverage of the most important recent cases and Supreme Court decisions. The title is part of the British Shipping Laws Library.

The 4th edition:

  • Offers an in-depth analysis of the use and operation of bills of lading and certain related documents (such as sea waybills and delivery orders) by two of the leading academics globally.
  • Discusses the nature of a bill of lading, both as a receipt and as a contractual document
  • Explains the roles of each party to the bill of lading contract
  • Covers the contractual effects that follow a transfer of a bill of lading
  • Examines bills of lading as documents of title
  • Explains how and when third parties can be affected by bills of lading
  • Analyses the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules for the international carriage of goods by sea in detail
  • Offers commentary on the new Rotterdam Rules, which have received limited ratification but are expected to be widely adopted globally in the coming years.

New features of this edition include coverage of the developments in the law relating to bills of lading since 2011, with much of the text being reworked and brought up to date for 2017. Among the new cases discussed are:

  • The Erin Schulte
  • Finmoon v Baltic Reefers
  • Glencore International AG v MSC
  • The Sea Miror
  • The Superior Pescadores
  • The Saga Explorer
  • The BBC Greenland
  • The Eems Solar
  • The Golden Endurance
  • The Devon
  • The DC Merwestone
  • The Sky Jupiter


  • Nature of Bills of Lading
  • Bills of Lading as a receipt
  • Bills of Lading as a contractual document
  • Parties to the Bill of Lading contract
  • Contractual effects of transfer of Bills of Lading
  • Bills of Lading as  documents of title
  • Possible effects of Bills of Lading on third parties
  • Other related documents
  • Hague and Hague-Visby Rules
  • The Rotterdam Rules
  • Appendices


“Carver is, however, now back, in tandem and in strength; for within the space of a month, shelf-space now needs to be made in every shipping lawyer’s room for the first edition of Carver on Charterparties and the fourth edition of Carver on Bills of Lading”

“This is a major text in the best traditions of major texts, a work which will fast become well-thumbed, whether in the Temple, in the City or in university libraries where shipping law is taught.”

From a forthcoming review by Charles Debattista of Stone Chambers, for the International Company and Commercial Law Review

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