Meet the trainers

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 ... 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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Aron Soerensen

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 Stu... Read more

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 fr... 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... 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, inc... Read more

Jakob P Larsen

Jakob P. Larsen joined BIMCO on 1 June 2018 to become Head of Security. Within Jakob’s scope are all matters related to maritime security including piracy, drug smuggling, war, terrorism, stowaways, mixed mass migration and cyber security. In addition to maintaining a close dialogue with governments and international organizations, his role includes assisting members with all aspects of maritime security. In 2010, holding the rank of Commander, Jakob left the Danish Navy to become Maritime Security Officer in BIMCO. In 2013, after three successful years in BIMCO, Jakob changed over to... 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 oth... 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 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. ... Read more

Jonathan Elvey

Jon Elvey teaches and lectures all over the world for BIMCO. He is known for making complex legal topics interesting, understandable and enjoyable. 

Jon spent 37 years with Ince & Co, the leading international London law firm, specializing in maritime disputes in arbitration and litigation. After 15 years in London, Jon moved to Greece to head Inces’ Piraeus office, developing it into a major law practice. Jon has acted for four decades for many of the industry’s biggest shipowners and charterers, advising them on all their comm... Read more

Keith W. Heard

Keith has practiced maritime law since 1980, concentrating on matters in litigation and arbitration. His work on litigated matters has included the defense of claims for cargo damage, shortage and loss, including liquid, dry bulk and containerized shipments. It has also included work on collision and other casualty cases, including claims for General Average contribution, as well as the defense of matters involving the assertion of maritime liens. Keith’s work on arbitrated matters has included the prosecution and defense of claims for breach of char... 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 tradin... Read more

M Eugene KHOO

Mr Eugene Khoo is the Senior Assistant Director (Tuas Port Development) and Project Director (Next Generation Port) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). He currently oversees the planning, design and project management for reclamation of Tuas Terminal Phase 2. He also has oversight of project management for the master plan of the Tuas Next Generation Port. 

Before joining MPA in 2010, he was with Surbana International Consultants Pte Ltd supervising the design and construction of the reclamation of Pasir Panjang Terminal ... 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... 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

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 BIMC... 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 t... Read more

Peter Glover

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Hong Kong
Peter is a master mariner and disputes lawyer based in Hong Kong. He focuses his practice on the shipping, international trade, regulatory and marine insurance sectors of the international transport industry. 

Peter offers a broad range of services to multinational trading companies, shipowners, charterers, banks and insurers in all aspects of dispute resolution involving trade, commercial shipping, admiralty, salvage, pollution, investigations, marine insurance, risk management a... 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... 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 o... 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... 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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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 Instit... Read more

Richard Neylon

Richard Neylon is Partner at HFW in London. Richard specialises in shipping and crisis response. He acts for a range of shipowners, charterers and insurers, in wet and dry shipping disputes. A large proportion of Richard's work involves resolving disputes arising from marine casualties and he has been involved in many of the recent high profile incidents. He has particular experience of collisions, fires/explosions, salvage, piracy, capture/seizure, groundings and unsafe port claims – often involving complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitr... Read more

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 I... 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 h... 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 Contrac... Read more

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 Hechman is trained from A.P. Møller-Mærsk and has more than 15 years of experience fr... 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 r... 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... Read more

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