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BIMCO's advice on ship recycling

29 March 2019

Shipowners have a role to play, and responsibility to take, in the transitional period before the Hong Kong Convention enters into force. In this context BIMCO recommends to its members to use facilities that live up to requirements of the Hong Kong Convention already before its entry into force.

Dry cargo fixture and market reports dated 1 October 2018

02 October 2018

CAPESIZE: Despite holidays in China and Hong Kong, rates continued to strengthen from West Australia to China with rates rising sharply and many suggesting further gains Tuesday. The Baltic Exchange daily fixture report features daily updates on the Baltic exchange indexes, timecharters, periods, voyage fixtures and is listed by ship name, size, delivery place and freight rate. The weekly dry bulk market report by the Baltic Exchange contains news impacting the following segments; capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize. 

Chris Garley

26 July 2019

Chris joined HFW in 2008 and, after training for a period in Hong Kong, qualified into HFW’s London Shipping Litigation team in 2010, advising on both “wet” and “dry” disputes. His primary focus is on issues arising from marine casualties including collisions, fires and groundings. In recent years, Chris has been heavily involved in a number of high profile containership casualties arising from carriage of declared and undeclared dangerous goods. In doing so, he has acted for Owners and also for Charterers advising on all aspects of the casualty response including issues including of limitation of liability, jurisdiction, salvage and general average as well as the underlying liabilities, both in tort and related contracts of carriage/VSA/slot charter arrangements, including unseaworthiness and unsafe port claims. In 2016 Chris increased his “dry” experience by completing a secondment to the legal department of a major German power company based in the UK, advising the freight trading and chartering operations desks. During that period he advised on a range of issues from the initial chartering process, through to speed and performance claims, bill of lading disputes, sales contracts, letters of indemnity, and off-spec cargo claims. Christopher is qualified in England and Wales.

Elizabeth Sloane

05 November 2019

Elizabeth is Senior Associate at Stephenson Harwood Hong Kong.  Elizabeth is a lawyer qualified in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and Australia. She has been based in Hong Kong since 2008. Elizabeth has significant experience on the wet side of shipping, having worked on a number of high profile casualties and groundings across the Asia Pacific region. Other particular areas of expertise include jurisdictional challenges and forum disputes, limitation of liability, maritime insolvencies, disputes involving the carriage of goods by sea, and trade finance and banking disputes with maritime law elements. Elizabeth has litigated in the Courts of Hong Kong, England, and Australia. She has also acted in a large number of international arbitrations, and has managed litigation and enforcement proceedings on behalf of clients in jurisdictions including the PRC, Singapore, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and the United States.  Legal500 describes her as “a knowledgeable and effective litigator”.

Jan Rindbo

27 September 2019

Jan Rindbo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S, a position he has held since 2015. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the industry, having worked in shipping for over 20 years in various positions that have taken him from Copenhagen to Hong Kong and the United States. Rindbo has attended various executive management training courses through INSEAD and Copenhagen Business School and hold directorships at the Danish trade and employer organisation Danish Shipping and BIMCO.

Andrew Rigden-Green

23 April 2019

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 also been an LLM examiner at Oslo International University.

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.

Simon Tatham

10 February 2020

Simon is one of the UK’s leading Admiralty solicitors, and is Senior Partner of Tatham & Co. For 35 years, and as a partner from 1989, he has worked in the City of London, as well as in Hong Kong, advising an international clientele on issues ranging from routine contractual questions to the coordination of major shipping casualties. He is an active mediator and adept at bringing about a commercial solution.

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.