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Course Director: Marcus Dodds

Marcus Dodds
Partner, Watson Farley & Williams

Marcus has one of the broadest practices of all partners within ReedSmith’s Transportation Industry Group. He is an experienced litigator, capable of handling from oil & gas to dry-shipping, offshore and

Admiralty matters and also has extensive experience in non-contentious matters. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in LNG shipping practice and has been engaged as the legal advisor to SIGTTO for many years.

Marcus advises shipowners, charterers, trading houses, bunker suppliers, shipbuilders, banks, P&I Clubs on numerous aspects ranging from contract (chartering, building, supply and sale & purchase) drafting to handling associated disputes valued at multimillion dollars. His most recent experiences include:

  • Advising owners of a large LNG fleet in relation to alleged exposure to the costs of compliance with IMO 2020 under long-term charterparties.
  • Advising owners, charterers and traders in relation to boil-off and cargo capacity issues under LNG time charters and MSPA.
  • Drafting and advising in respect of Master Services
  • Agreement in respect of 27 LNG Carriers built by QGTC and chartered to RasGas and Qatargas
  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts relating to the establishment of an off-shore LNG terminal, including the TUA, O&M and support vessel’s service and long-term charter contracts
  • Drafting a bespoke long-term time charter for a new-build LNG bunker tanker.
  • Drafting bespoke standard form LNG Master Sale and Purchase Agreements (MSPA) for trading house / banks and numerous reviews of MSPA and SPA.
  • Drafting management agreements for the operation and maintenance of LNG carriers, including a fleet-wide master service agreement

Marcus also possess in-depth expertise in dry & oil trades, having covered various works for owners, terminal operators, charterers in multinational, multi-jurisdictional matters such as cargo damage claims, receiving terminal damage, collision claims, unsafe port, non-performance claims, STS incidents, cargo liquefaction claims, and many more

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