Bills of lading masterclass

  • Hamburg, Germany
  • 23 Sep 2020 (3 days)
  • Available seats 21
  • Payment: visa visa visa

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Course price

Early bird discount BIMCO member From EUR 1035 (Normal price EUR 1150)
Expires 23-06-2020 Non-member From EUR 1395 (Normal price EUR 1550)


10% group discount is available for registering 3 or more participants from the same company. Can not be combined with any other discount.


Bills of lading are at the core of international trade.  The course focuses on common issues in B/L disputes (such as claused B/L’s, general average and liens) as well as on how this is legally dealt with worldwide.

What will you learn?

Some of the topics the course will cover are:

  • Letters of Indemnity
  • Comingling of cargoes
  • The protection of third parties
  • The bill of lading as a receipt
  • The importance of international regulation

Course programme

Case studies

A ship arrives in port and the consignee is missing an original Bill of Lading due to a bank holiday. The master refuses to release the cargo. When the consignee returns after the holiday, the master claims demurrage. After discharge, it looks like the delivery is 800 tonnes short. If that wasn’t enough, some of the cargo has sustained water damage through a crack in the hull, which the crew noticed, but failed to report. Can the master refuse delivery without a Bill of Lading? Are the owners of the ship liable for the seawater damage? Is the consignee entitled to a claim for short delivery, and can he keep the recovery? These are just some of the aspects of one of the cases in the course.

In the case studies, you will work in small groups to consider the scenario and a range of problems that arise. The cases will be a focus for dialogue and will help the participants see how a B/L can serve different purposes for various parties.

Why choose to participate?

You will be taught by hand-picked industry experts who have built a career out of solving complicated Bills of Lading issues. The combination of theory, discussion and casework will make the complexity of B/L issues clear and manageable. The teachers will share valuable experiences and point participants towards practical solutions, which can be used on the job. The course will also facilitate networking between international shipping peers and enable long-term relationships between the participants.

The Masterclass is aimed at all practitioners involved in maritime transportation, who wish to boost their expert knowledge and become proficient in Bills of Lading.

How will this course help your professional development?

Bills of Lading issues arise in one way or form at every shipment. This course will assist you in identifying the potential challenges in advance and enable you to ask the right questions to the parties involved, thereby helping you to understand and explain your own risks and exposure.

After the course, you will have a have a much deeper understanding of the fundamental functions of the B/L and how it fits into the document flow. You will be able to discuss issues, such as delivery against an LOI, with your superiors, P&I club or legal counsel.

Course certification

A BIMCO certificate will be issued, showing the duration of the training.

Course materials

BIMCO issues electronic course files as an Adobe PDF file enabling you to make personal notes using a computer or tablet. Please bring a computer or tablet! All documentation and presentations will be in English.


Richard Williams

Richard Williams

Baris Soyer

Baris Soyer


Peter Grube



  • Hamburg TBD
  • Suitable venue to be annouced shortly
  • Hamburg
  • Germany

The fee includes coffee breaks, lunch and course materials, but not transport or accommodation, which should be arranged by the participant directly with the hotel.

Alternative dates & locations

  • Montréal, Canada
  • 21 September, 2020 (3 days)
  • From EUR 1035 EB 22-06-2020
  • Available seats 5  
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