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Why join BIMCO?

13 June 2019

BIMCO’s mission is to be at the forefront of global developments in shipping, providing expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members’ businesses. We have over 110 years’ experience supporting shipping businesses and we are ready to help yours too. We have summarised our different membership categories and information on BIMCO member benefits. Your membership type depends on the nature of your business. BIMCO is ready to help you on which type applies to you - and any other query you might have about joining us.

General Average Absorption Clause 2018

04 July 2017

The BIMCO Standard General Average Absorption Clause, for use in marine insurance policies, was updated in 2017 to give effect to the revised York-Antwerp Rules 2016. Further modifications have now been made to streamline the basis for determining insurers’ payments.  Details are set out below together with advice on adapting the clause where the underlying marine insurance policy covers more than one vessel. The 2018 clause should be used in place of the 2017 provision. The original 2002 version of the Clause, based on the York-Antwerp Rules 1994, should no longer be used.

Søren Larsen

22 January 2018

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 departments. In addition, he represents BIMCO’s and shipowners’ interests in various international fora, such as the IMO, UNCITRAL, ICC and CMI and works closely with the Secretary General in the management of the BIMCO Secretariat. He has represented BIMCO at meetings with various government bodies in the United States.

Henning Nielsen

17 October 2016

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.

Christopher Chan

26 August 2019

Christopher specialises in all aspects of marine litigation and arbitration, commercial litigation and international trade disputes. He is renowned throughout South East Asia for his admiralty capability and his practice covers all aspects of shipping disputes to include collisions, salvage, charterparty disputes, bills of lading, cargo claims, tug and tow disputes, stevedore damage claims, personal injuries/fatal accident claims, insurance coverage issues and P&I insurance matters generally. Christopher is recommended as a key member of the Shipping team in the Asia-Pacific 2019 editions of Chambers and Legal 500. In particular, Chambers 2018 mentioned that clients appreciate his "prompt attendance to matters and situations," noting that "his efficiency in providing advice or strategies is effective in shedding light on the next step."  Christopher is qualified in England and Wales and Hong Kong.