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Live Online: Advanced Ship & Port Agency Operations

3 – 6 November 2020 | 4-Day Live Online | 1:30pm-5:00pm (SGT)

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Early Bird Rate: Register and Pay on or before 11 September 2020
Register 2 Delegates & the 3rd attends FREE!

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About The Course

The Ship & Port Agents are an indispensable resource for ship operators, charterers and are vital to the daily health of overall shipping industry. Their extensive presence guarantees efficient operations ranging from berth allocations, multimodal freight collection, customs documentation to crew transfer, bunker calls and contractual agreements. Their up-to-date knowledge of local as well as international commercial, technical & legal environment ensures safe vessel calls, and that the principles’ requirements are met.

This masterclass seeks to develop not only a firm foundation in the functions and obligations of agency operations, but also leadership capabilities for those engineering future growth of their organisations. Attendees will examine the potential contentious areas, such as cargo claims, ship arrest, the agents’ liability and how disputes are handled across jurisdictions. Also addressed at this seminar are contemporary issues, including digitalisation, Covid-19, international trade sanctions and the impacts they have on the roles of the agents.

Key Learning Outcomes & Case Studies Include

  • Master & manage the roles and duties of the ship & port agents
  • Apply relevant maritime conventions and regulation to port agency
  • Undertake vessel operations for ship agents: pre-arrival, in-operations and post-departure
  • Roles of the agents in the Covid-19 era & beyond
  • Understand finance and liabilities of the agent in relation to ship operator, ships’ crew, cargoes’ owners and the port authorities
  • Identify charter parties and cargo documentations essential to vessel calls
  • Assess the impact of e-commerce, electronic bills of lading on agency operations
  • Examine contemporary issues impacting the ship agency industry
  • Understand new port regulations with significant impacts on agents’ roles
  • Competitive pricing and value-add strategies for agencies

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Packages Price
Live Online LearningSGD $2876SGD $2716Early BirdEarly Bird

Early Bird Rate: Register and Pay on or before 11 September 2020

Register 2 Delegates & the 3rd attends FREE!
Group rate is based on normal rate of 2-day main conference package only.
For Group Registrations, email register@informa.com or call +65 6508 2401

 

  • Special Group Discount pricing is applicable to groups of 2 or more delegates from the same organization registering for the same event, at the same time.
  • Fee stated is the discounted price PER DELEGATE. Only one discount applies – either the early bird rate OR the Special Group Discount.
  • A 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable to all Singapore based companies for Singapore venue.
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Trainer

Paul Black (MBA)
Principal Consultant, Paul Black Advisory

Paul has spent 40 years across ocean transportation sectors and has led & consulted ports, shipping lines,

3PL, ship & port agencies and freight forwarders globally. He has led numerous business disciplines including Business Acquisition, M&A and JV deal-making, negotiations; Regional business planning & budget management; Agent Network oversight & optimisation; International Market Entry; P&L, management and development of Shipping lines. Paul’s notable experiences include:

  • Rebuilt a shipping agency (Kuwait), diversified the company into Freight forwarding, tramp agency, chandlery and instigated CMA-CGM JV
  • Acting Managing Director (Asia) for SBS Worldwide (now DSV):
  • Managed regional business plan, budget, agent network, market entry, JV pan-Asia (Singapore, India, China)
  • Advised regional 3PLs on valuation, capital structure, M&A and reorganisation (Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)
  • Advised Drewry on logistical consultancy projects in APAC
  • Advised Sokhna Port Development company and APL agents on contract logistics
  • Turnaround strategy, process engineering and oversight of agent network and performance for Harrison Line, Al-Bahar & Sons, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, FedEx
  • M&A of port service companies, freight forwarders, 3PL providers and NVOCC operators

Paul has an MBA from Manchester Business School (UK), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, a member of FIATA and the Singapore Logistics Association

Live Online Learning

Stay Home. Skill Up!

The current Covid-19 pandemic has put strains on various areas of business, especially when it comes to deriving commercial value from new initiatives. During this phase of self-isolation and working from home, we can help you meet your professional development needs and you can still take your professional development plans to the next level.

To support your learning goals we have converted our face-to-face trainings to LIVE Online Sessions. This way you can continue to attend live and interactive training sessions within the virtual classroom space where you can see and speak, with your Subject Matter Expert and other participants.

Benefits of Live Online Learning

Aimed at offering you immediate, high-quality practical information whilst minimising time and expenditure associated with travelling, our digital training platform enables you to interact in real time with course directors and remotely network with your fellow participants.

  • Classroom Experience: Progress with fellow participants as you would in an on-site class
  • Guaranteed cost-effectiveness: Travel budget saving, plus 20% price advantage for online participation
  • Controlled environment with speakers managing the Q&A and discussions and tools for enhanced interactions
  • Module-based approach to effectively manage your time and revisions
  • Earn your Digital Certification and broadcast your achievements to your peers
  • Onboarding: Available for all attendees
  • Proven and secure training platform

 

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Upon completion of this training course, participants will earn a digital badge.

Eligibility:
Attend and participate in the 2 full days of training course duration, led by the designated training expert

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Agenda

MODULE 1

SHIPS AND THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT

  • Ship features and types of carrier
  • Types of trade and trade routes

 

ROLES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE SHIP AND PORT AGENT

  • An overview of port agency, organisational groups/networks and the market
  • Characteristics of a port agent; global hub, regional and local agencies, liner and tramp
  • The agent and their principals – the fiduciary relationship
  • Duties and obligations of agents including; pre-arrival, port operations, post departure, port clearance, ship and crew services and vessel safety

 

CARGO DOCUMENTATION

  • Types of charter party and liabilities of parties
  • The role of the agent with time and voyage charter parties including statement of facts
  • Key issues relating to liquid and dry cargoes
  • Crew and cargo documentations
  • Types of Bills of Lading
  • Distinguishing negotiable bills from straight bills and seaway bills; house, groupage and switch bills
  • Three functions of the bill of lading: receipt; record ofbcontract of carriage; and document of title
  • Clean and dirty bills of lading; letters of indemnity
  • Implied obligations of the shipowner and shipper including declaration of dangerous goods
  • Complications of transhipment
  • Clauses that cause particular problems; Incorporation of charterparty terms and arbitration and jurisdiction

 

MODULE 2

PORT AND VESSEL OPERATIONS

  • When does the ship agent’s role commence and end?
  • Pre-arrival (appointment arrangement, vessel service planning, cargo planning…)
  • Port operations
    • clearance and preparation prior to vessel’s arrival
    • bill of lading arrangements and release of cargo
    • bunkering
    • crew
    • labour relations (and the ITF)
    • pollution response
  • Port Departure
  • The agents’ responsibilities under Port State Control, IMDG
  • Code and FONASBA
  • Crew welfare, repatriation and social issues
  • Cargo handling; containerisation and conventional cargo
  • operations
  • Ports’ regulations for Agencies
    • Ballast water discharge
    • Ship inspection & survey

 

VALUE-ADD STRATEGIES AND COMPETITIVE PRICING  FOR AGENCIES

  • Competition within ship & port agency businesses’ dealing
  • Maximising efficiency through time and motion to ensure a competitive edge
  • Competitive pricing methodologies using price strategies, cost/benefit structures and effective negotiations

 

BUNKERING SERVICES IN THE NEW REGULATORY REGIME

  • Availability of bunker fuel
  • Bunker service agreement
  • Bunker operations scheduling

 

MODULE 3

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING AND CREDIT MANAGEMENT

  • Financial relationship between agent and principal
  • Rate structures, fees and margins
  • Disbursement account management
  • Port and customs dues, payment of fines
  • Credit and debt management
  • Vendor checks and terms of supply
  • Budgets and reporting

 

IMPACT OF DIGITAL INNOVATIONS ON SHIP AGENTS

  • The growth of web-based agents and ERPs
  • Singapore’s Electronic Transaction Acts, Electronic bills of lading and the role of agents
  • Data interchange and EDI standards

 

E-COMMERCE IN THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY

  • Strategies being adopted by liners
  • Role of agents in the e-commerce chain
  • Facilitating an e-commerce transaction for a liner

 

MODULE 4

LEGAL ASPECTS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTIONS OF AGENTS AND PRINCIPALS

  • Introduction to shipping and maritime law
  • Owner-agent agreements
    • Managing the General Agency Management contract
  • Joint and several liability between ship agents, ship managers and their principals
  • Singapore’s local law vs port statute (statutory liabilities)
  • Examples of claims
    • Cargo claims
    • Freight tax payment
    • Customs duty and penalties
    • Wrecks removals
    • Oil pollution
    • Safe berth/safe port
    • Dock damages
    • Commercial debts
  • The agent’s liability across jurisdiction (Singapore, United Kingdom, Philippines, Taiwan, etc)

 

PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE FOR SHIP & PORT AGENTS

  • P&I cover and marine accident investigation following an incident
  • Professional Indemnity insurance; what is covered and how to claim
  • Ship arrest and release; the agent’s role
    • The 1952 and 1999 Convention on the arrest of ships
    • Admiralty court jurisdiction and procedure
    • Ship arrest and the Brussels Convention
    • Sister ships and associate ships
    • Judicial sales
    • Litigation and interlocutory orders
    • Ship arrest and the agent
  • Principles of General Average

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03 - 06 Nov 2020

4-Day Live Online
1:30pm-5:00pm (SGT)

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