25 September 2017
Anna Wollin, Manager, Contracts and Clauses at BIMCO, says that many of the disputes that commonly occur when a ship is redelivered at the end of a time charter could be avoided by using clearer wording in contracts.
20 September 2016
The Laytime Definitions for Charter Parties have been developed to provide practitioners with a set of meanings of commonly used words and phrases. The objective is to help reduce disputes about party intentions in a market where fixtures are often concluded on the basis of a recap message and listed amendments, without the exchange or return of draft contracts. These provisions have been developed for incorporation into charter parties.
The latest edition of these definitions is the Laytime Definitions for Charter Parties 2013.
05 December 2019
BIMCO’s Documentary Committee has agreed to carry out a major overhaul of the Dispute Resolution Clause with the aim to shorten and simplify what has become BIMCO’s longest standard clause.
19 June 2019
BIMCO recognises that there is a growing number of newer maritime arbitration venues offering their services to the industry. To assist users who wish to resolve their disputes using arbitration services outside the main London, New York and Singapore venues, BIMCO has prepared a list of links to alternative arbitration centres where users can find out more information about these venues.
14 January 2011
30 August 2018
Starting a trade war is bad for everyone, and shipping is right in the eye of the storm. Adding a new sanctions regime involving the US and Iran is putting another layer of stress on a shipping industry that is struggling to generate profits. Not surprisingly, the IMF’s estimate for world trade volumes was adjusted downwards for both 2018 and 2019 in July.
25 July 2019
Geoffrey Conlin is a partner with Holman Fenwick Willan based in the Sao Paulo office. He acts mainly for international insurers, reinsurers and brokers based in London and overseas. Geoffrey specializes in resolving complex, cross border claims arising from energy (onshore and offshore), property, casualty and marine risks. He has extensive experience in Ports & Terminals insurance and reinsurance. Geoffrey has acted on cases in most jurisdictions in Latin America. He also has experience advising on policy wordings and coordinating the licensing of reinsurance companies in the Latin American region. Geoffrey is a member of the British Insurance Law Association and is recommended in the Chambers Latin America 2014 and 2015 directories, with clients highlighting his "very direct knowledge and understanding of the local markets besides all the insurance coverage issues" and "his good feel for what clients need during insurance and reinsurance disputes". He is also recommended in Who's Who Legal: Brazil 2014. Geoffrey is a regular contributor to market publications and has delivered presentations on insurance and reinsurance in Latin America and in the UK. Geoffrey is qualified in England and Wales.
26 July 2019
Chris joined HFW in 2008 and, after training for a period in Hong Kong, qualified into HFW’s London Shipping Litigation team in 2010, advising on both “wet” and “dry” disputes. His primary focus is on issues arising from marine casualties including collisions, fires and groundings.
In recent years, Chris has been heavily involved in a number of high profile containership casualties arising from carriage of declared and undeclared dangerous goods. In doing so, he has acted for Owners and also for Charterers advising on all aspects of the casualty response including issues including of limitation of liability, jurisdiction, salvage and general average as well as the underlying liabilities, both in tort and related contracts of carriage/VSA/slot charter arrangements, including unseaworthiness and unsafe port claims.
In 2016 Chris increased his “dry” experience by completing a secondment to the legal department of a major German power company based in the UK, advising the freight trading and chartering operations desks. During that period he advised on a range of issues from the initial chartering process, through to speed and performance claims, bill of lading disputes, sales contracts, letters of indemnity, and off-spec cargo claims.
Christopher is qualified in England and Wales.
07 March 2019
Jean is a partner at HFW in London and specialises in shipping litigation, focusing on contractual shipping disputes including charter parties, bills of lading, cargo claims, commodities/trade disputes, ship sale and purchase disputes, bunker disputes and shipbuilding disputes. She represents owners, charterers, shipyards and their insurers based internationally but has a geographical focus on the Japanese market, having worked in Tokyo for 6 months there. On the casualty side, Jean also handles wet shipping disputes, in particular fire and explosions on container vessels due to undeclared dangerous cargoes and/or engine explosions, groundings on reef, unsafe port disputes, crane collapses, damage caused by sulphur cargo, liquefaction of cargo and general average incidents. Jean has worked at the HFW in Shanghai and Pireaus.
13 February 2020
Jessica is a Partner in Clyde & Co’s Marine and International Trade department. She has an international practice with an emphasis on shipping, trade and insurance work.
Jessica is an experienced BIMCO trianer. At the BIMCO courses, she is drawing on her significant experiences advising clients on both commercial and contentious matters. From a disputes perspective she works on cases in the English Courts and in LMAA and other arbitrations. She also advises on contracts and transactions in the marine and insurance sectors. Jessica regularly advises on disputes and commercial aspects of shipping contracts, including charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding contracts and ship management agreements. Jessica has a wealth of experience in cases concerning liquid, gas and dry cargoes, but has particular experience of energy shipping and tanker contracts and claims. Her clients include shipowners, charterers, ship managers, oil majors and other energy companies, traders and their insurers/reinsurers.
Jessica is listed by Legal 500 for shipping.