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Live Online: COVID-19 and Shipping

A Practical Guide To Managing Legal And Commercial Impacts

15 June 2020 | Live Online

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A Practical Guide To Managing Legal And Commercial Impacts

About The Course

Timely and practical, this seminar explores all legal, commercial and contractual implications of COVID-19 on shipping industries, offering immediately useful considerations to your risk mitigation strategies and business continuity planning. Severe disruption has already been felt across  crewing, import/export procedures, production activity; movement of cargo & ships; construction & retrofit orders.

Together with legal & marine insurance experts, attendees will assess the interpretation of key clauses & obligations within their contracts, including charterparty, bill of lading, vessel construction. The discussions will include legal liability pertaining to force majeure, contract frustration and vessel performance. Key retrospective analyses of relatable events will further inform participants of what to expect from disputes and claims.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Implications of Covid-19 on trade flow, logistics & shipping markets
  • Crew implications & strategies around quarantines, off-signing, swap-overs, and preventive measures
  • Review your clauses: Charterparties, Bills of Lading, Vessel Construction contracts
  • Carriers’ & charterers’ perspectives: safe port, port majeure, delays & off-hire, demurrage
  • Insurance – what is covered and what is not?
  • Potentially applicable exclusions
  • What can you learn from recent events?

Who Should Attend

Shipping executives in Legal, Claims, Contract, Chartering & Post-Fixture, Fleet & Vessel Operations functions from

  • Shipowners, operators & managers
  • Charterers, Energy & Commodities Traders
  • Legal Advisory & Insurance Services
  • Terminals & Ports Operators
  • Shipyards, shipbuilders
  • Crewing agencies
  • Ship & Port Agencies
  • Freight forwarders
  • Ship financiers, leasers

Guest Speakers

John Simpson
Stephenson Harwood


  • Recognised expert in charterparty law and international trade for dispute resolution
  • Director of Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration


V Bala
Rajah & Tann Asia


  • Recognised for technical, engineering disputes and drafting of ship sale & purchase agreements, finance, charterparties, COAs, cross-border transactions and many more
  • Trained marine engineer with sailing experience


Bernard Yee
Managing Director
Resource Law LLC


  • Experienced Singapore mediator, arbitrator, litigator on disputes involving marine insurance, transportation, energy and international trade
  • Advises P&I Clubs, H&M underwriters, insurance brokers, shipowners, managers, chandlers and bunker suppliers and more


Ben Chandler
Senior Claims Executive
Standard Club


  • Trained and practiced at law firms, specializing in Shipping litigation
  • Assisting on a full range of P&I, FD&D and sanctions-related queries


Celia Kang
Marine Personnel Manager (Fleet Management)
Ardmore Shipping


  • 14 years in maritime industry, previous experience at Thome Ship Management, AP Moller
  • Specialised in Crewing Operation, Terminal Planning, Commercial & Operational Planning for vessel fleet

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

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

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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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Global supply chain and trade flow impacts of COVID-19

  • Labour market restrictions on industries
  • Logistics and shipping market restrictions
  • Quantifying impact on trade and shipping
  • Documentation and Cargo transfers – accessing BOLs and LOCs, and options

Insurance – what’s covered, what’s not?

P&I perspectives – Current trends

  • Existing P&I arrangement
  • Quarantine claims
  • Demurrage
  • Loss of hire

Crewing implications and strategies

  • Imposing quarantines and restrictions on crew
  • Off signing by Ports
  • Crew swap-overs
  • Safety and Rights of employees
  • Arbitrary detention or discrimination and claims
  • BIMCO’s “infectious or Contagious Diseases Clauses”
  • Crew health and Quarantining
  • Disinfection/fumigation
  • Preventive measures
  • Life salvage & medical treatment
  • Crew health (diversion to land)
  • Repatriation and substitute expenses
  • Fines or penalties
  • Case studies on recent experiences

Group Discussion/Exercise: Reviewing experiences and responses to crew management challenges in the current environment

Charterparty Liabilities And Mitigation Strategies

  • Charterer rights
  • Delays and off hire
    • Responsibilities of owners and charterers for delays caused by Covid-19
    • Consequences of crew illnesses
  • Demurrage
    • Free pratique / quarantine issues
  • Safe port warranties
    • Does presence of Covid-19 render a port unsafe?
    • Requirements for charterers to provide alternative voyage orders
  • Implied indemnity for following charterers’ voyage orders
  • Force Majeure
  • Provisions of common force majeure clauses
  • Is Covid-19 force majeure?
  • When a contract is frustrated
  • Other potentially applicable exclusions
    • Application of common charterparty exceptions clauses
    • Application of Hague (Visby) Rules exceptions
  • Frustration

Cargo Liability – Bills of lading considerations

  • Deviation (eg. Discharge at alternative ports)
  • Indemnity
  • Cargo loss/damages due to delays (?)

Alternative Resolutions / Alternative Means Of Contractual Performance In Focus

  • Transshipment
  • Lightering
  • Reasonable efforts/endeavours
  • Learning from the Ebola impact – Main challenges and disputes
  • Commonalities in the current scenario

 Panel Discussion: Shipping Management Strategies for Covid-19 Impact Mitigation

  • Quarantining
  • Revenue considerations
  • Crewing strategies
  • Vessel performance
  • Liability insurance
  • Others

Risk Management (Legal Advisory Checklist)

  • Inserting express infection disease/epidemic wording into contracts
  • Checking the terms of existing contracts for protection, including force majeure clauses
  • Insurance arrangements – especially where cargo is delivered to an interim port or to some other port

Vessel Construction / Retrofit Contracts

  • Shipyard force majeure / “permissible delay” declarations – experience to date
  • Loss or damages resulting from quarantine restrictions
  • Impact of force majeure events on the critical path to construction completion
  • Key clauses
    • “quarantines”, “epidemic”, “requirements of government authorities”
    • “Inability to obtain delivery or delays in delivery of materials, machinery or equipment”
    • “Other causes or accidents beyond the control of the builder, its subcontractors or suppliers of the nature whether or not indicated by the foregoing words”

when & where

15 Jun 2020

Live Online


16 – 19 June 2020
Post Fixture Shipping Operations »

14 – 17 July 2020
Ship Arrest »

20 – 24 July 2020
Tanker Chartering, Laytime and Demurrage »

27 – 30 July 2020
Marine Cargo Claims and Insurance »


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