Voyage charter masterclass

Masterclass 04 November 2019 - 05 November 2019
BIMCO members GBP 815.00
non-members GBP 1,100.00
VAT (excl.VAT@20%)
Early bird discounts available. See below
Group discounts available
UK Chamber of Shipping
30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ UK

Programme and links


Voyage chartering is a diversified business and not regulated by any compulsory international conventions. The carrier agrees with a charterer to provide a vessel - ready to carry an agreed cargo - in exchange for payment of freight. This course highlights problem areas and discusses ways for the parties to reallocate risk. It also offers an overview of the relevant legal principles of voyage chartering.


What will you learn? 

Some of the topics the course will cover are:

  • The nature of a voyage charters 
  • The relationship between voyage charters and other trading and carriage contracts 
  • The owners and charters duties 
  • The nature and purpose of liens on cargo and on sub-freights 
  • Defences to liability

Case Studies

The crew of a tanker finds themselves in the middle of the devastation of a huge refinery. During the loading operations a powerful earthquake strikes, destroying or damaging infrastructure in and around the port. With only around half the cargo onboard, the tanker disconnects mooring lines and hoses and drop anchor, awaiting further instructions from the charterers. After a period at anchor, the vessel departs. Subsequently, the owners submit a claim for dead freight and demurrage. Will the claim succeed? And how much demurrage (if any) is the owner entitled to receive?
In the case studies, you will work in small groups to consider scenarios and a range of problems that may arise. The cases will form a basis for dialogue and will help the participants understand the relevant legal principles, practise and reallocation of risk.

Why participate?

While there are basic obligations of each party to the voyage charters, the charters are not regulated by any compulsory international conventions, and the principle of freedom of contract is absolute.  

You will be taught by hand-picked industry experts who have built a career out of solving complicated voyage chartering issues. The combination of theory, discussion and casework will make the complexity of voyage chartering clear and manageable. The teachers will share valuable experiences and point participants towards practical solutions that can be used on the job. The course will also facilitate networking between international shipping peers and enable long-term relationships between the participants.

The seminar is aimed at all practitioners involved in maritime transportation, who wish to boost their expert knowledge and become proficient in voyage chartering, both for dry and wet cargoes.

How will this course help you with your professional development?

The course will equip you with a much deeper understanding of the fundamental challenges related to voyage chartering and provide you with a balanced understanding of the relevant legal principles and practise. The course will help you identify the potential challenges in advance and enable you to ask the right questions to the parties involved. This will help you to understand and explain your own risks and exposure, and allow you to discuss issues surrounding allocation of risks and the legal relationships with your superiors, P&I club or legal counsel.


Early bird sign up

BIMCO members

For individual participants, an early bird price of GBP: 729 applies if sign up and payment is received before 04-August-2019

BIMCO non-members

For individual participants, an early bird price of GBP: 986 applies if sign up and payment is received before 04-August-2019

Group Discounts

10% group discount is available for registering 3 or more participants from the same company. Group discounts cannot be combined with early bird discounts.

Haris Zografakis

Haris Zografakis is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLC, London and head of the firm's commodities team. He has consistently been singled out by both main legal directories, Chambers and Legal 500, as a leading individual in his areas of expertise. Over more than 20 years, he has dealt with all aspects of trading and shipping petroleum and its products, acting both for traders and shipowners, as well as their respective insurers. He has lectured in four continents, including events organised by BIMCO, universities, as well as the International Maritime Organization and others, and has also served on the editorial board of... Read more

Peter Grube

Peter Grube is Head of Training: Courses and joined BIMCO in 1990. His first position was in the Support & Advice team, where he assisted BIMCO members with a wide range of commercial issues. In 2000 he was appointed Marketing & Sales Director of BIMCO, responsible for promoting and driving forward BIMCO’s global position as a leading maritime organisation. In 2005 he transferred to BIMCO Training, developing, coordinating and delivering BIMCO courses and seminars world-wide. Prior to joining BIMCO he worked in ship ownership in Copenhagen as well ... Read more


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