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Bunkering 2020 – Enforcement, Claims and Risk Management

27 – 28 April 2020, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore

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 Key Learning Outcomes

  • Get updated with latest trends in Sulphur compliance issues
  • Quality claims (off-specs, contamination, compatibility, machine damages)
  • Enforcement provisions & disputes/claims with authorities
  • Preventive measures for minimising risks of claims
  • Review & negotiate bunker clauses in supply agreement and charterparties
  • Operational best practices for buyers and suppliers
  • Legal & claims handling considerations

 Who Should Attend

  • Bunker suppliers & traders
  • Shipowners, operators and managers
  • Ships’ officers
  • Shipping & port agents
  • Bunker port and terminal operators
  • Bunker inspectors
  • P&I clubs and insurers
  • Lawyers and In-house legal counsels



Packages Price
2 Day TrainingSGD $3595SGD $3395Early BirdEarly Bird

Early Bird Rate: Register and Pay on or before 6 March 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 or call +65 6508 2401


  • Special Group Discount pricing is applicable to groups of 2 or more delegates from the same organisation 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.
  • All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.
  • A 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST) is applicable to all Singapore based companies for Singapore venue.


James Edward Baker
(SCMA, SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, NYSBA) – Baker International Resolutions – Maritime Arbitrator and Mediator

James has over 35 years’ experience as corporate counsel, primarily in downstream oil trading, bunkering, related shipping matters such as charter parties, bills of lading, letters of credit and associated dispute resolution including multi-jurisdictional arbitrations and litigation. His professional careers encompassed legal and business leadership across major bunker supply, ship-owning, as well as ship management companies.

  • Head of Legal for Thome Ship Management (Singapore), a major full-service ship management company
  • Manager of marine sales & transportation and VP (European group) for a major bunker supplier
  • General Counsel for FAMM (Chevron/Texaco bunker division) and Mercuria Energy Trading
  • Extensive experience with BIMCO Shipman, charter parties, oil trading/bunker contracts and MARPOL
  • Active participation in 20+ arbitrations and trials, 10 of which set as second chair

James is a member of SCMA, SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA and NYSBA. He holds an MBA from University of Houston, Texas.

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1. Sulphur Claims and Dispute Resolution

Current trends in Sulphur claims and disputes

  • Experiences in global ports
  • Common off-spec discoveries
  • Non-compliant fuels – known causes
  • Fuel in vessel redelivery
  • Compliance and penalty actions taken

Off-specs Fuel – Supplier, Trader & buyer perspectives

  • Contamination
  • Stability, compatibility
  • Machinery damage

Enforcement provisions & disputes/claims with authorities

  • Current enforcement mechanisms in major ports
  • Obligations & liabilities
  • Bunker delivery records
  • Legal actions against suppliers with non-declared and contaminated fuels
  • Deviations and exceptions

Proving & Resisting a claim

  • Typical claims
    • Off-specs
    • Redelivery
    • Payment and non-payment
    • Demurrage
  • Handling claims
  • Manage sampling inconsistency
  • Exercise: Claims & Dispute Resolution

P&I Updates on Claims & Disputes (guest speaker)

  • Off specs
  • Incompatibility, Instability
  • Engine damages

 2. Mitigating Risks – Contractually & Operationally

Review & negotiate important contractual terms in bunker supply agreement

  • Risk of non Availability
  • Price risk
  • Contamination, and liability clauses
  • Case studies on clauses that failed, and solutions

Review & negotiate important bunker clauses in charterparties

  • Specs
  • Sampling procedures
  • Inspection
  • Bunker price
  • Time loss
  • De-bunkering operations
  • Redelivery

Operational Best Practices: On-Board Requirements


  • What Can go wrong on-board
    • Tanks, lines cleaning
    • Samples disparity
  • The importance of proper delivery procedures
  • Getting ready – vessel & Onboard requirements
    • On-board storage, segregation and handling
    • Dealing with contamination
  • Sampling & quantity determination

Supply side

  • Contamination challenges
  • Storage and transfer requirements
  • Working with bunker craft operators to manage risk
  • Traceability & record keeping

Legal & Claims Handling Considerations

  • Non-compliant fuel claims
  • Financial loss claims
  • Dispute resolution
  • BIMCO’s clauses on compliant fuel

when & where

27 - 28 Apr 2020

Mandarin Orchard Singapore, by Meritus
333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Tel: +65 6831 6062 | Fax: +65 6737 3130
Mobile No.: +65 8298 9442

Contact Person: Tan Ai Li

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