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Comparative maritime law, Vol.47 No.162 August 2008. -

In the Republic of Croatia the carriage of passengers and luggage by sea is regulated by articles 598-633 of the Croatian Maritime Code hereafter CMC. In this part Croatia adopted the solutions of the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974 PAL, 1974, the London Protocol of 1976 PAL Prot 1976 and the London Protocol of 1990 PAL Prot, 1990. The liability of the carrier is based on proved or presumed fault. His liability for the death of or personal injury to a passenger is limited in all cases to 175,000 Special Drawing Rights hereafter SDRs per passenger and per carriage. Also the CMC adopts the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 -LLMC, 1976 and the Protocol of 1996 LLMC Prot, 1976. According to these acts, in respect of claims arising on any distinct occasion for loss of life or personal injury to passengers of a ship, liability of the carrier is limited to 175,000 SDRs multiplied by the number of passengers which the ship is authorized to carry according to the ship-s certificate. The Protocol of 2002 PAL Prot, 2002 establishes a new liability regime by introducing two tier liability system and adopting strict liability for death and personal injury claims caused by shipping incidents. It requires compulsory insurance in respect of such liability and allows direct action against insurers. The PAL Protocol 2002 will be ratified by the EU as soon as the main obstacles for its implementation are solved. Since the aim of the RH is to becom a member of the EU it is assumed that our contry will become a Member State of the PAL Protocol 2002 as well. Before that happens we have to predict legal and economical implications of acceptance of the new convention.

carriage of passengers by sea; EU law; national legislation

Autor: Dragan Bolanča - Petra Amižić Jelovčić -



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