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New BIMCO Law & Arbitration Clause under way

15 May 2020

BIMCO has started work to develop a new Law & Arbitration Clause. The new clause will provide a short and “one size fits all” approach to dispute resolution, while adding Hong Kong as the fourth named arbitration venue. The addition of Hong Kong reflects its increased popularity as a centre for dispute resolution and that it is currently ranked among the top maritime arbitration centres in the world.

Alternative arbitration centres

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.

BIMCO Intervention

07 December 2010

One of the services available to owner, broker and agency members is "intervention" to recover outstanding undisputed amounts.

Jon Elvey

02 June 2020

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 commercial issues, with a particular emphasis on cargo, charterparty, shipbuilding and sale and purchase matters. Notably, Jon acted for the successful sellers on the landmark Aktor case which led to a revision of the standard industry contract terms. Jon has written many articles and commentaries on shipping cases. He acted as editor and adviser on the leading textbook on the law of ship sale and purchase.  Jon is now a maritime arbitrator and consultant. He is also a qualified mediator and was one of the founders of an Eastern Mediterranean mediation set.  In his spare time Jon plays jazz piano. He is old enough to remember watching the England soccer team winning the World Cup, something he does not expect to see again in the near future.

Chris Hart

17 September 2019

Chris is Of Counsel at the Houston office of international law firm HFW.  His practice focuses on shipping, marine, and energy companies, including litigation and commercial transactions.  He is an experienced trial lawyer, resolving disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration.  He advises clients in transactions involving charter parties, maritime contracts, offshore energy and master service agreements, and infrastructure projects with maritime law concerns.  Chris also advises on regulatory compliance, including Jones Act coastwise trade and shipping regulations. Chris has over 25 years of experience with charter parties, sale of goods and transport contracts, maritime liens, ship arrests and maritime attachment remedies, shipping casualties, bunker and cargo disputes, marine pollution, and many issues in the shipping industry.  In the energy sector, Chris has experience in upstream and midstream commercial disputes and casualties, onshore and offshore.  He has been a speaker and author on topics including bunker contracts, OSV charter parties, coastwise trade laws, offshore drilling, and many maritime law issues. Before practicing law, Chris sailed as a professional mariner on chemical tanker, crude oil tanker, and general cargo ships.

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.

Tom Adams

22 August 2019

Tom 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 as well as negotiates shipbuilding contracts, offshore drilling contracts and long term charter contracts of specialist vessels and FPSOs. Tom has particular expertise in advising contractors in relation to payment security mechanisms during operations in difficult jurisdictions and disputes with sub-contractors and suppliers. Tom has presented for IBC in relation to FPSO contracts covering design risk, variations, topside integration and commissioning issues. He has also presented for BIMCO and Lloyds Maritime Academy on the SUPPLYTIME forms.

Nick Barber

24 October 2018

Nick is Partner at Stephenson Harwood. Nick specialises in disputes arising from casualties and has extensive experience of handling the “front end” investigation, both from the office and on site. In particular, Nick handles claims following collisions, explosions and fires, groundings, salvage and general average, coverage advice and charterparty disputes.