Meet the trainers

Ayako Odashima

COURSE ORGANISER 

Ayako is Assistant Manager in BIMCO’s Training Department, and is responsible for marketing and implementation of BIMCO’s training courses worldwide. Prior to joining BIMCO in 2015, Ayako has worked for various international organizations, including UNICEF, FAO, WFP and UNOPS, and has been responsible for large-scale emergency logistics and coordinated training programs on humanitarian logistics and supply chain management in Asia, Africa, Europe and in the Middle East. Ayako holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and ... Read more

Baris Soyer

Professor Soyer is the Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University (www.swansea.ac.uk/law/istl). He is a member of the British Maritime Law Association and British Insurance Law Association. He is the author of Warranties in Marine Insurance published by Cavendish Publishing (2001), Marine Insurance Fraud published by Informa Publishing and of an extensive list of journal articles published in elite journals such as Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of Business Law, Cambridge Law Journal, Law Quarterl... Read more

Christoph Bruhn

Christoph Bruhn, Managing Director, Bruhn Shipbrokers HmbH, Hamburg / Germany

Christoph started his S+P broker career with Hamburg-based Shipowner/Shipbroker 'Ernst Russ' in the mid-80s before he co-founded his first own S+P broking shop 'Tetzner & Bruhn Schiffsmakler' in 1990, were he was Partner for 15 years. Since 2005, he successfully runs 'Bruhn Shipbrokers', a well-connected, independent boutique-type S+P broking company. Christoph is also long time Board Member of the 'Hamburg and Bremen Shipbroker's Association' and his company is BIMCO-Member since 2005. He was engaged in the BIMCO's sub-committee for the SALEFORM 2012 ... Read more

Andrew Rigden-Green

Andrew Rigden-Green is a partner at the Hong Kong office of Stephenson Harwood.  He is experienced in advising a wide range of clients in relation to bareboat, time and voyage charter parties, COA’s, bills of lading and MOAs, as well as shipbuilding contracts and contracts for offshore projects. In addition to drafting documentation and advising in relation to transactions, Andrew has handled litigation before the English High Court and arbitrations under the LMAA terms, LOF salvage, GAFTA and ICC.  He lectures regularly in the UK and in international conferences on charter parties and other aspects of shipping law. He has ... Read more

Anna Wollin

Anna Wollin, Manager, Contracts and Clauses at BIMCO, is involved in the development of BIMCO’s wide range of standard contracts and clauses. She is a lawyer by training and holds a Master of Commercial Laws from University of Lund, Sweden and a Master of Maritime Laws from Southampton University, England. Anna joined BIMCO in 2007. Her previous employment includes working as a junior judge at a district court in Sweden and as an associate lawyer at a Swedish law firm.

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Chris Kidd

Chris is Head of Shipbuilding and Offshore Construction, Partner, London Ince & Co. Chris is dual-qualified as a solicitor in England and Hong Kong. Between 1995 and 2001 he practised in Ince & Co’s Hong Kong office, during which time he was the Secretary of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association. Chris has strong industry links in Hong Kong, China, and Korea. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the LMAA Supporting Members Liaison Committee. Read more

Christian Hoppe

Christian is General Counsel at BIMCO. He is a lawyer and graduated from University of Copenhagen with a Master’s degree in 2001 and an LL.M. with Distinction from the University of Southampton in 2004. He worked in the Secretariat for maritime policy at the Danish Maritime Authority from 2001, until joining the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Transport and Energy in 2005, dealing with external relations in maritime transport as a seconded national expert. Christian joined BIMCO in 2009 and represents the association at a number of international meetings, including the International Maritime Organization&rsq... Read more

Emilie Bokor-Ingram

Emilie is a Senior Associate in HFW’s London office, specialising in marine, energy and offshore. She is named in the latest Legal 500 “Next Generation Lawyers” list. She has over ten years’ experience of drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts for the shipping and offshore energy sectors, including BIMCO forms and other standard contracts, as well as bespoke charterparties (particularly for the LNG, offshore support, heavylift and offshore wind sectors), marine insurance and shipbuilding contracts, and a wide range of other commercial contracts. She also has broa... Read more

Frank Hendrikse

Manager, Tanker Department, RG Hagland Shipbrokers, Haugesund, Norway
Frank has been a deck officer at the Dutch Merchant and Royal Navy until he joined Dow Chemical’s chartering desk in Antwerp in 1988. From 1991 to 1994 he worked at the chartering department of Gebr. Broere in the Netherlands, before engaging himself as shipbroker with RG Hagland in 1995. As project broker, Frank is primarily focusing on newbuilding, sale & purchase and long term  employment of small and medium sized chemical, product and LNG tankers. He was involved as broker in the first shipbuilding agreemen... Read more

Grant Hunter

Grant Hunter is Head of Contracts & Clauses at BIMCO, responsible for the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s wide range of standard contracts and clauses. He has worked for BIMCO since 1997. Previous careers include five years at sea with the Ben Line and eight years working ashore in the commercial and operations department of P&O Bulk Shipping in London. Grant has a Master’s in Maritime Policy and Law from the London School of Economics Read more

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

Henning Nielsen

Henning Nielsen is Senior Manager, Support & Advice at BIMCO, is responsible for advising and guiding members on contractual issues, such as handling laytime disputes, recommendations on charter party forms and clauses, commenting on terms and clauses offered to members, handling disputes on interpretation and construction of charter parties and clauses. Henning has been with BIMCO since 1984. His 40 plus years of experience has built up his expertise in laytime and demurrage issues, which is widely recognised by BIMCO members. Read more

Ian Gaunt

Ian Gaunt has been President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association since 2017. He is a lawyer and full time professional arbitrator in maritime and commercial cases. He is a member of the Baltic Exchange, a member of the Board of Maritime London and a member of the arbitration panels of China Maritime Arbitration Commission, Shanghai Arbitration Commission and Shanghai International Shipping Institute.

From 1999 to 2008 he was Senior Vice President-International of Carnival Corporation the world’s leading cruise shipping company and responsible to the Chief Executive for contracting and implementation of ... Read more

Kunbi Sowunmi

Kunbi joined Gard – the largest P&I Club in the International Group of P&I insurers in 2011 having spent four years previously as in-house legal manager for BHP Billiton a large multinational resources company. Prior to this, he spent twelve years in private practice in London advising on a variety of shipping and trading matters. He is a UK qualified Solicitor and holds a Masters degree in Shipping and Commercial Law from The London School of Economics & Political Science. He has considerable experience of shipping and commodity trading dispute resolution and has advised and lect... Read more

Lindsay East

Lindsay East has been involved in the practice of maritime law in London for over 40 years. He served as head of Reed Smith’s Shipping Group for six years before he became a consultant to the firm. Lindsay has dealt with all kinds of dry cargo shipping law during the course of his career, ranging from charter party, bill of lading to sale and purchase disputes to shipbuilding contracts. He has also specialised in the drafting and interpretation of Club Rules. Lindsay has been nominated as “one of the UK’s top 20 shipping lawyers” by Legal 500 in 2009 and cited as an “outstanding shipping lawyer” by Legal 50... Read more

Maite Bolivar Klarup

Maite Bolivar Klarup is BIMCO’s General Manager in Singapore. Maite joined BIMCO in 2016 and her main role is to provide information and advice to members on a variety of key issues- from piracy to bunker quality and navigational safety. Maite is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with all relevant maritime governmental and inter-governmental authorities in the region and to create awareness of all of BIMCO’s activities and benefits for potential members. She has more than 17 years of international maritime experience from Southeast Asia, Europe, North and Latin America. She holds ... Read more

Marcus Dodds

Marcus is a partner in the Shipping Group, Reed Smith LLP. He is an experienced litigator, capable of handling both dryshipping, offshore and admiralty matters and also has extensive experience in non-contentious matters. Marcus heads the firm’s LNG shipping practice and has been engaged as legal advisor to SIGTTO for many years. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Marcus served in the Merchant Navy for eleven years on a wide variety of vessel types, including gas carriers, break-bulk, reefer and container ships, as well as specialist mooring handlers. A qualified ... Read more

Martin Rowe

Martin Rowe is Managing Director of Clarksons Platou Asia Limited. Martin studied Economics at university in Wales with specialist focus on development of the Chinese economy. After graduating he became an S&P broker in London in 1989. Noting momentous changes taking place in the Chinese shipping sector he then moved to Hong Kong in 1995, where he has continuously lived and worked as a shipbroker for the past 22 years. A member of various Hong Kong Government shipping advisory bodies, he was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2014 and is always eager to promote the maritime services sector ... Read more

Merete Lund Greisen

Merete Lund Greisen is Head of Support & Advice and has been with BIMCO since April 2013 and is responsible for advising and guiding BIMCO members on contractual issues and disputes. This involves recommending the right charter party forms, commenting on terms and clauses agreed (and to be agreed), interpretation and construction of charter parties and clauses. In addition to many years of relevant experience from the chartering departments of shipowners/operators, her background also gives her a cargo owner’s point of view in all chartering aspects. Read more

Mike Phillips

Mike is a partner and head of Stephenson Harwood’s marine and international trade practice. He specialises in shipping, carriage of goods, contentious ship finance disputes and ship and offshore vessel construction. Mike’s clients include banks, shipowners, traders and P&I clubs/insurers. Acting for some of the world’s largest and most well-known shipowners, he has experience of dealing with a wide range of matters from cargo claims and off-hire disputes to groundings and vessel fires. On the contentious ship finance side, Mike represents leading ship finance banks in a wide a... Read more

Paul Dean

Paul Dean is a partner with Holman Fenwick Willan. He specialises in shipping, focusing mainly on dispute resolution arising from charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, rig disputes, collisions, fire and explosion, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, towage, offshore, seismic and limitation. Paul is also head of the personal injury practice. He is a member of the India Maritime Association in the UK and a member of the Marine Personnel Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce. He is regularly quoted in the press, speaks at and chairs conferences and is on the BIMCO panel for our “Using Supplytime” Cou... Read more

Pernille Kaervad Jacobsen

Pernille Kærvad Jacobsen, Manager, Contracts & Clauses at BIMCO, has been involved in the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s standard contracts and clauses since 2010. She holds a Master’s degree in International Commercial Law and Legal Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Master’s degree in Maritime and Aviation Law from the University of Southampton, where she was the first law student to be awarded the Beaumont & Son Prize. Previous jobs have included the Danish Employment Appeals Tribunal, Danish Maritime Authority and Maersk Line/Maersk Global Service Centre in Manila, ... Read more

Peter Sand

Peter Sand is Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO. He has worked for Statistics Denmark, compiling public accounts and doing international statistical work in relation to the European Union and United Nations. He then joined D/S NORDEN and during the rise and fall of the dry bulk markets, Peter gained experience in the fields of executive assistance, caretaking of investors and the art of transforming financial data and shipping statistics into analyses, presentations and reports. Later on he worked with CSR with a focus on sustainable shipping. Peter left D/S NORDEN as Senior Analyst and member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Board and jo... Read more

Peter Storm

Peter Storm, Manager, Support and Advice at BIMCO, is responsible for advising and guiding BIMCO members on contractual issues and disputes. This includes recommendation of relevant charter party forms, advice on terms and clauses, as well as guidance regarding interpretation and construction of charter parties. Peter’s shipping career began as a trainee in 1994 with a Danish shipowner where he gained experience in both operational and commercial roles. He worked for many years with a major brokering firm holding a variety of positions as a shipbroker before joining BIMCO in 2013.Peter has also been ... Read more

Phil Tinsley

Phil Tinsley joined BIMCO in 2015 and holds the position of Head of Maritime Security. His primary role is to assist members with all aspects of maritime security; including piracy, drug smuggling, stowaways, mixed mass migration and cyber security. Prior to a career in maritime security, Phil was an officer in the Royal Marines Commandos, attaining the rank of Major after 31 years military service. His military career included littoral operations on a global scale, warfighting and specialisation in cold weather warfare. Since leaving in 2010, Phil has managed offshore security in the Indian Ocean high risk area in support of seismic operati... Read more

Punit Oza

Punit Oza is the Vice President & Head of Supramax Pacific of Klaveness Asia Pte Ltd. Punit Oza has over 23 years of experience in dry bulk shipping. He started his career at Precious Shipping PCL in Thailand in 1993. He then held a number of positions in the Middle and Far East and is currently the Vice President and Head of Supramax Pacific at Torvald Klaveness’ Singapore Regional Office. Punit is responsible for the entire Supramax Portfolio in the Asia Pacific region with a specialisation in the Indian and Thai markets. He is also a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (FICS) and Chairman o... Read more

Søren Larsen

Following his graduation from Copenhagen University and the Institute of Maritime Law, Søren Larsen joined BIMCO in August 1985.
He was appointed Head of Department for Documentary and Legal Affairs in 1993 and became Deputy Secretary General, with primary responsibility for BIMCO’s documentary affairs, in 1999.
From 2005 to 2009, Søren Larsen assumed particular overview of the Documentary, Security & International Affairs, and Services Departments at BIMCO and is currently primarily responsible for BIMCO’s Contracts & Clauses and Support & Advice departme... Read more

Stine Taiger Ivø

Stinne Taiger Ivø is Vice President and Head of Claims and FDD in Skuld Copenhagen. She has been with Skuld since 2015. She is Master of Law and was admitted to the Danish Bar in 2011 and obtained admission to the High Courts. She holds a PhD in International Company Law and has held a position as external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen in addition to publishing articles and a book. Before joining Skuld she held a position in Danish Shipping (2013-2015) and in Gorrissen Federspiel Law Firm (2008-2013) in Copenhagen.

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Thomas Hechmann

Thomas Hechmann is the owner of Cultr Communication. A consultancy company located in Copenhagen, with the aim of helping the Danish shipping, transport and logistics industry to increase efficiency and thereby earnings by focusing on increased cultural understanding, communication and sales and negotiation. Thomas is trained from A.P. Møller-Mærsk and has more than 15 years of experience from some of the biggest shipping companies in Denmark, where he has worked as a leader, teacher and coach. He has travelled all over the world and has worked for three years in the USA for D/... Read more

Tom Adams

Tom is Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood, and is a shipping and energy specialist with particular expertise in dispute resolution and negotiating contracts relating to offshore construction, shipbuilding, drilling and floating production. He litigates disputes for offshore contractors, drilling contractors, and shipyards and negotiates shipbuilding contracts, offshore drilling contracts and long term charter contracts of specialist ships and FPSOs. Tom has particular expertise in advising contractors in relation to payment security mechanisms during operations in difficult jurisdictions and disputes with subcontractors and supplier... Read more

Tony Concagh

Tony Concagh is a partner at Stephenson Harwood in London and a member of its energy team. He acts for a number of oil and gas industry contractors in business areas such as drilling and exploration; offshore supply; heavylift, transportation and installation; subsea pipe and cable laying; engineering, project management and major (EPIC) construction projects. He advises on issues such as downtime provisions, bridging agreements; design and procurement, contractual risk analysis, delay and disruption claims and contractual disputes generally. He also has specialist knowledge of insurance and risk transfer within the industry. Read more

Ian Perrott

Ian Perrott began his shipping career in 1976 as a boarding clerk in Falmouth. Between 1979 and 1982 he served as an Officer in the Royal Navy. In 1982 he joined Stewart Offshore in Greenwich as an offshore broker before transferring to their Aberdeen office in 1983. In 1987 he joined Maersk Co. Ltd in Aberdeen as the Assistant Chartering Manager for their Platform Supply Vessels (PSV), Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels (AHTS) and a Diving Support Vessel (DSV). In 1990 he moved to Sealion Shipping Ltd to become the Chartering Manager for their fleet of various offshore and subsea vessels. In 2004 he was appointed to the Sealion main board... Read more

Jessica Maitra

Jessica Maitra is a lawyer at international law firm Clyde & Co and previously with Eversheds LLP. She deals with both contentious and non-contentious shipping work and acts for owners and charterers, ship managers, ship financiers and marine insurers. Jessica regularly advises owners and charterers on carriage of goods by sea and charter party claims. She deals with all types of ships and cargoes, but has particular experience of tanker and liquid cargo claims. Her contentious practice areas include carriage of goods by sea, bills of lading, charter parties, conflicts of laws, jurisdiction, enforcement, international contracts and sale o... Read more

Jonathan Elvey

Jon has been with Ince & Co since he joined as a trainee in 1981. He qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and became a partner in 1989. His main focus is on shipping disputes under charter parties, shipbuilding contracts, sale and purchase agreements, bills of lading and cargo claims. He also handles maritime casualties and is a member of the international emergency response team at Ince & Co where he managed their Piraeus office for 17 years before returning to London. Jon has acted as advocate in arbitration and mediation in London and internationally. He is an accredited CEDR mediator, and co-founder of European Mediterranean Mediatio... Read more

Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young has 40 years of experience in the commodity trading and shipping sector. He joined Cargill Ocean Transportation, one of the largest dry bulk charterers and operators in the world in 2001. He was manager of the company’s claims department from 2007, handling global charter party disputes and their resolution. Jonathan has served BIMCO’s contracts and clauses work on various subjects since 2008 and has been member of the subcommittee of NYPE 2015. He has been involved in GAFTA and LMAA arbitrations for many years. He has a broad and detailed knowledge of both time and voyage charter parties, bills of lading and their ... Read more

Nicholas Mahony

Captain Nicholas Mahony was BIMCO's Head of Membership until recently. He started his seagoing career in 1971 with Texaco Overseas Tankships Ltd (London) before moving on in 1979 to A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S (Copenhagen). Starting in the Tanker Fleet, he transferred after two years to Gas carriers where he subsequently worked his way up to master and remained until going ashore. In 1996 he was seconded to the Maersk Tankers LNG Project Team, leading on to a position in 1999 as Senior Marine Superintendent in A.P. Møller’s Technical Organisation responsible for gas, tanker, bulk and car carriers. After functioning for 3 years as the... Read more

Paul Herring

Paul Herring is Chairman of Ince & Co and specialises in the resolution of disputes, both in court and arbitration and has particular expertise in ship sale and purchase disputes. His expertise covers most aspects of shipping, with particular emphasis on charter party disputes, carriage of goods by sea, sale and purchase (both contentious and non-contentious) and newbuilding contracts. He also frequently acts in errors and omissions claims for chartering and sale and purchase brokers, ship managers and shipping agents. He is regularly involved in the drafting of newbuilding contracts and the resolution of disputes arising from them. He is... 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 as sale & purchase in Greece. He is a graduate from the Danish School for Inte... Read more

Philip Yang

Philip Yang has been a full time arbitrator for well over 20 years, mainly in international trade, shipping and commercial disputes. He has published/issued over 500 arbitration awards as a sole or co-arbitrator. Philip is Deputy Chairperson of the Documentary Committee BIMCO, Honorary Chairman and Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and the Past President of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG). He has published many books and a lot of articles on international trade, shipping and arbitration related topics/matters.

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Richard Williams

Richard Williams was a partner with Ince & Co for 25 years and was chairman of the firm’s dry shipping business group specialising in carriage of goods, charter parties and P&I issues. He was regularly consulted both by private clients and also by United Nations agencies and other international bodies in relation to industry-wide issues. He is the author of numerous articles on shipping law and is co–author of the standard textbook “Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims” published by Lloyds of London Press (4th edition 2005). He is now a consultant to Ince & Co and a visiting professor, teaching ma... Read more

Simon Ward

Simon Ward is FICS, Director, S&P of Ursa Shipbrokers S.A.. Simon started his career at a ship-owning company in Liverpool. He became a ship sale & purchase broker, also in Liverpool, in 1993 before moving to London in 1997. In 2008 he moved to Greece to open and run HSBC Shipping Services Ltd in Piraeus. Despite moving back to London at the end of 2012, he returned to Greece in 2013 to open a new sale & purchase venture in Piraeus with Ursa Shipbrokers. A Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 1995, he was accepted as a Fellow in 2009. He is now also heavily involved with the Instituteʼs education tea... Read more

Stephen Mackin

Stephen Mackin is a lawyer at the international law firm Clyde & Co and he specialises in shipping and energy related issues particularly those arising from the carriage of oil and gas by sea. Stephen qualified in 1994 and was with Eversheds Sutherland for 25 years before joining Clyde & Co. He speaks regularly at conferences worldwide. He has spent five years with Shell Tankers (UK) Limited and has practical experience of the operation of VLCC’s, product tankers, LNG tankers and bulk carriers. He was Shell’s “cadet of the year”, a watch-keeping officer with Operation Raleigh and has sailed the Atlantic on a Ta... Read more

Wei Zhuang

Wei Zhuang is the China Liaison Officer at BIMCO as well as the General Manager of BIMCO, Shanghai office. Wei started his BIMCO career with the legal & contractual affairs department where he worked on a wide range of BIMCO’s standard contracts and clauses projects, including project development, revision and promotion. His current role is focusing on BIMCO, based in the Shanghai Centre, where he is committed to keeping a constructive relationship with regional regulators and industry stakeholders and, most importantly, to provide BIMCO services to members and potential members in the gr... Read more

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What our participants say

My aim was to get up to scratch on bills of lading and the course definitely achieved that. The webinars were instrumental. The course material was a constant, useful point of reference. I could apply what I’d learnt to my job immediately.
Content was pitched at a good level-- it was thorough and didn't go too fast or slow and gave me a thorough grounding in the subject.
Essentially, I liked everything about the course: the ability to set my own learning schedule, to watch the missed webinars, the case studies, the digital book, and to take the exam in my own time.

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