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Elinor Dautlich

15 November 2019

Elinor is Partner at HFW and heads the global finance team.  She represents shipowners, operators, shipyards, designers and banks across the cruise, commercial shipping, yachts and business jets, LNG and offshore sectors. Elinor advises on all types of commercial shipping contracts including second-hand sale and purchase, shipbuilding contracts, EPC and EPCI contracts, ship recycling, ship registration, charterparties, pooling agreements, management agreements, seismic-related contracts, shares sale and purchase and joint venture agreements as well as on ship and aviation finance, leasing, seller's credits and other forms of capital raising. She also advises on contracts for the design, construction, purchase and operation of yachts and business jets. Elinor is part of the firm's LNG group, which has been responsible for drafting some of the first long-term LNG vessel charters and has, over the years, built up extensive experience of LNG time charters and related agreements, including joint venture arrangements, for some of the major LNG projects around the world. The group deals with all modern LNG time voyage and other specific charters, gas supply / offtake and LNG sale and purchase agreements, financing agreements, insurance issues, FLNG, FSRU projects and the construction and operation of LNG ports and terminals. Elinor has particular experience in the drafting of LNG charters and the ShellLNGTime form. Elinor has been advising on piracy related contracts since 2009, including contracts for the provision of private security services and, more recently, cyber security services and insurance. She sits on BIMCO's drafting sub-committees for GUARDCON and the new cyber security clauses.  Elinor lectures on commercial shipping matters, and in particular on shipbuilding and offshore construction topics, security in shipping and yachting, FPSO charters, LNG charters and FSRU contracts and related insurance issues. Elinor is recommended by the Legal 500 UK and Chambers directories. She co-leads the firm's travel and leisure group. Elinor is a former chair of the International Bar Association's Maritime and Land Transport Law Committee, sits on the UK Chamber of Shipping's Taxation Committee and is a member of WISTA. She has been with HFW since 1994. Elinor is qualified in England and Wales.

William MacLachlan

15 November 2019

William is Partner at HFW and advises a wide variety of companies and financial institutions across the commercial shipping, cruise, ferry and yachting industries on a range of transactional shipping matters. William has particular expertise in ship design, ship building, ship repair, ship sale and purchase and ship recycling. He spent some eight months seconded to a leading European shipbuilder. William is a key member of HFW's Travel and Leisure Team and manages the firm's day to day relationship with CLIA and Interferry. In addition, William is experienced in matters of physical and cyber security and advises a range of ship owners and private security companies on the contractual, regulatory and compliance issues affecting them. William speaks regularly at conferences and contributes to a range of printed media. William is also a trustee of the Mission to Seafarers, one of HFW's global charity partners.

Aron Soerensen

13 February 2018

Aron Soerensen is Head of Maritime Technology & Regulation at BIMCO. He represents BIMCO on marine, operational and related matters at international organisations such as International Maritime Organization, ISO, International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). His tasks include negotiating, monitoring and disseminating relevant conventions and developing international standards, regional/national requirements, and assessing their impact on BIMCO members. He was BIMCO’s project leader on the 2015 BIMCO/ICS Manpower Study, and has worked on cyber security development and software maintenance standards. Following a career at sea as a deck officer, Aron taught apprentice deck officers at nautical institutes in Denmark and subsequently joined the Danish Maritime Authority, working with safety of navigation in Danish waters.

Shipmaster's Security Manual 2019

31 January 2019

The BIMCO Shipmaster’s Security Manual is dedicated to helping members protect their crews, ships, operations and ultimately their businesses, against the challenges posed by pirates, cyber criminals, drug smugglers, stowaways, terrorists and migrants, and to provide guidance on the comprehensive regulatory framework that exists in the security field.