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14/02/11 12:48

Last farewell to Antonio Lefebvre d’Ovidio

The father of Navigation Code has died

The father of Italian Navigation Code, Antonio Lefebvre d’Ovidio, born in Naples in 1913, died at the age of 98. Graduate in Law and Political Science, he taught Maritime and Commercial Law at the Bari University until he won professorship at Bari, Naples and Rome Universities in 1938. In 1935 he founded with Bernardino Scorza the magazine specialized in shipping law that prepared the path for developing the subject on a legislative ground.
From 1939 to 1942 Antonio Lefebvre d’Ovidio contributed to the issuance of Navigation Code and specifically supported the alignment of Italian legislation to international practice and conventions.
Furthermore he was deeply committed to scientific studies, issuing systematical treaties such as the Manual of Naval law and Institutions of North-American commercial law, as well as several monographs (General theory of common stricken, Conventional discipline of Maritime carrier’s responsibility, Nationality of trading companies, Nationality of ship and aircraft owning companies, Studies on Navigation code, Legislative reform in Navigation field, Enterprise and Preface to study of commercial law) for which he was awarded with gold medal of science and culture in 1975.
He also headed notorious law firms in Rome, Naples and Genoa, was involved in renovation of Fincantieri, assisted Vlasov Group in Sitmar Cruises’ expansion and subsequent merger with P&O; he then founded Silversea Cruises currently headed by his son Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio. Last September he attended the presentation of the new edition of the Magazine on shipping law that he had contributed to re-publish in 1948 after World War II.

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