Carriage Contracts, Liabilities & Cargo Claims Masterclass Online

  • Online, 13:00 UTC
  • 13 Feb 2023 5 days
  • Available seats 8
  • Payment: visa visa visa visa

Course price

BIMCO member EUR 1250
Non-member EUR 1650


10% group discount is available for registering 3 or more participants from the same company.


Carriage Contracts, Liabilities and Cargo Claims Masterclass Online is a series of 10 online sessions delivered over 5 days. Each day will run for 2x75 minutes with a short break in between. During the masterclass, the speakers will examine specific issues arising when goods are damaged, lost or delayed during transit.

What will you learn?

Some of the topics the course will cover are:

  • The legal relationships created by the sale contract, the charter party and the insurance contract
  • Who is the “carrier” and what if the vessel is chartered - and why is it important?
  • A complete overview of the international conventions affecting cargo claims
  • Working with different types of insurance to mitigate and cover risks
  • Understand the concepts of seaworthiness, cargo worthiness and due diligence
  • The different interests of shippers, receivers, freight forwarders, traders, banks, carriers and insurers when cargo is lost, damaged or delayed.

Dates and topics of Carriage Contracts, Liabilities & Cargo Claims Masterclass Online 

13 February 2023

Session 1

Overview of marine cargo claims: the interrelationship between the cargo sale contract, the carriage contract, and the insurance contract. What is the governing contract of carriage when the vessel is chartered, and bills of lading are issued?

Session 2

Who has the right to sue the carrier and who is liable to the carrier? The problems caused by transferring the Bills of Lading

14 February 2023

Session 3

Who is the carrier in relation to claims? The importance of the question and how is the question answered? The position in relation to chartered ships. Claims outside contract in tort

Session 4

Introduction to the international conventions for the carriage of cargo by sea: Hague Rules, Hague-Visby Rules, Hamburg Rules, Rotterdam Rules

15 February 2023

Session 5

Carrier’s Duties – seaworthiness and care of cargo

Session 6

Evidence in Cargo Claims

16 February 2023

Session 7

The carriers’ defences: exclusions from liability; in what circumstances can the carrier rely on them? Limitation of liability and time limits

Session 8

Dangerous cargoes: What is “dangerous”? The shippers’ duty and the carrier’s rights. Who is liable for the shipment of dangerous goods?

17 February 2023

Session 9

Jurisdiction and security requirements: court or arbitration? Arrest procedures and threshold jurisdiction; stay of proceedings

Session 10

Cargo Claims and Insurance

Starting time (for all sessions)

13:00 UTC
14:00 CET

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Why choose to participate?

The combination of theory, discussion and casework will make the complexity of cargo claim procedures clear and manageable.

You will be taught by hand-picked industry experts who have built a career out of solving complicated issues related to cargo claims and marine insurance. The speakers will share valuable experiences and point participants towards practical solutions, which can be applied on the job.

The course will also promote networking online 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 dealing with cargo claims.

How will this course help your professional development?

When cargo is damaged, the responsibility for the condition of the cargo is determined by the terms in the contracts signed and international conventions may limit or serve as defences for the carrier. Insurance also plays a large role but comes with its own set of rules and regulations.

The course will help you identify the potential challenges in advance in this complex environment 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 deeper understanding of the fundamental issues related to cargo claims, the flow of documentation and how risks can be mitigated. You will be able to discuss issues, such as dangerous cargoes, seaworthiness and defences, with your customers, colleagues, P&I club or legal counsel.

Course certification

Participants will be given an option of taking a final assessment (open-book test) at the end of the course, and Certificate of Achievement will be issued with a grade (distinction, merit or pass). Those not taking the assessment will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course materials

BIMCO issues electronic course files as an Adobe PDF file enabling you to make personal notes. All documentation and presentations will be in English. Course access details will be provided about one week before the course starting date. 


Baris Soyer

Baris Soyer


Peter Grube

Peter Grube

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