HERCULITO MARITIME LTD AND OTHERS v GUNVOR INTERNATIONAL BV AND OTHERS (THE “POLAR”)
 Lloyd's Rep. IR Plus 4
QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION (COMMERCIAL COURT)
Before Sir Nigel Teare, sitting as a Judge of the High Court
General average – Vessel kidnapped and held to ransom by pirates in Gulf of Aden – Shipowners paying ransom for release of vessel – Shipowners seeking to recover ransom payment from bill of lading holders as general average contribution – Charterparty providing for charterers to pay premiums for war risks and kidnap and ransom insurance – Whether relevant charterparty provisions incorporated into bills of lading – Whether shipowners precluded from recovering contribution from bill of lading holders.