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Nicholas is a Senior Associate at HFW, where he focuses on international commercial dispute resolution, specialising in offshore oil & gas, energy, and marine. He focuses on disputes arising from installation contracts, charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, rig disputes, towage, collisions, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, and limitation. Clients he advises include: energy companies, cable owners and operators, contractors, shipowners, charterers, shipyards, ship managers, brokers, and insurers / P&I Clubs. His experience extends to all the major arbitral institutions including LCIA, ICC, SIAC, SCMA, LMAA, ad hoc arbitration, and the English courts. Nicholas has particular experience of drafting and negotiating a range of contracts in the offshore energy and marine sectors, including BIMCO SUPPLYTIME, TOWCON and BARGEHIRE, LOGIC contracts, and other standard contracts, as well as bespoke contracts. Since joining HFW, Nicholas has undertaken secondments in Australia (to HFW's Perth Office with a focus on the Offshore / Oil & Gas / Commodities sectors), to the in-house legal team of a major international tanker owner, to an International Group P&I Club / Insurer, and a leading insurance broker. Nicholas is qualified in England and Wales.
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The latest edition of this contract is TOWCON 2021.
TOWCON is an international ocean towage agreement on a lump sum basis. The form is aimed at the commercial towage sector and is not intended for use in port towing. The latest edition of this contract is TOWCON 2021. Copyright in TOWCON 2008 is held by BIMCO.
PROJECTCON is a special projects charter party for the tug and barge sector. It was designed to remove the need to use up to three different contracts for the same project when operating a tug and semi-submersible barge in combination to transport of special or projects cargoes. Instead of having one contract for the hire of the barge, another for the hire of the tug, and a third for the transportation, PROJECTCON may be used as a single contractual platform. The latest edition of this contract is PROJECTCON, issued in 2006. Copyright in PROJECTCON is held by BIMCO.
GUARDCON is an agreement for the hire of the services of private maritime security guards on ships – either armed or unarmed. The latest edition of this contract is GUARDCON, issued in 2012. Copyright in GUARDCON is held by BIMCO.
WINDTIME is a standard time charter party for the transfer of wind farm personnel and equipment to and from offshore wind farm installations. The latest edition of this contract is WINDTIME, issued in 2013. Copyright in WINDTIME is held by BIMCO.
This is the latest edition of BARGEHIRE which is a bareboat charter party specifically designed for unmanned, non-self-propelled seagoing barges. It is a lease agreement whereby the charterer obtains possession and full control of the barge along with the legal and financial responsibility for it as further detailed in the BARGEHIRE. The charterer generally pays for operating expenses such as maintenance and repairs but, unlike bareboat chartered ships, barges are often chartered with owner’s Hull & Machinery insurance made available to the charterer. Although not as often, Protection & Indemnity insurance can also be made available to charterers, especially when the duration of the contract is short. Copyright in BARGEHIRE 2021 is held by BIMCO.