Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

August 27, 2007

Austal sues Incat

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports that Western Australian ship builder Austal Ships has launched action in the Federal Court against the Tasmanian company Incat.

The ABC report says that Austal alleges the Incat breached Australia's Trade Practices Act and the Copyright Act by sending confidential reports about the performance of one of Austal's ships to a Norwegian ferry company.

Austal says the contents of the report were false.

A directions hearing was held in the Federal Court last month to determine if Austal had enough evidence to sue Incat.

The company has now filed proceedings, seeking financial damages and other orders including corrective advertising.

A longer report appears in the West Australian newspaper.