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Essentials of Ship & Port Agencies

17 – 18 October 2019 | Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore

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 Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the roles and duties of the ship and port agent
  • Apply relevant maritime conventions and regulation to port agency
  • Undertake vessel operations for ship agent: pre-arrival, in-operations and post-departure
  • Understand finance and liabilities of the agent in relation to ship operator, ships’ crew, cargoes’ owners and the port authorities
  • Identify charter party and cargo documentation essential to a vessel call
  • 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

 Who Should Attend

Shipping professionals and anyone interested in the maritime sectors wishing to learn more about the roles of the agents

  • Port agency
  • Cargo agency / cargo brokers
  • Shipowners’ / charterers’ agents
  • Ship managers
  • Freight forwarders, 3PLs
  • Husbandry agency
  • Marine services
  • Shipbrokers
  • Charterers
  • P&I Clubs

What Participants Liked About Our Maritime Courses

Thanks to the course I’ve gained better understanding of the shipping industry, the rules and practices, which allow me to better shape policy recommendations. The trainer shared great case studies and participants were most interactive
– Jonathan Lee, Manager – Policy, Maritime and Port Authority (MPA)

 Trainer is well spoken and has a lot of knowledge and experience. I learned a lot about bills of lading as well as the differences between UCP500 and UCP600
– Ang Boon Peng, Accounting Executive, Dava

The programme helps me learn a lot more about the laws governing charterparties, the functions of a ship brokers as well as responsibilities of owners/charterers in the charterparties
– Yusuf Shah, Bunker Trader, Integr8 Fuels

The programme was very well presented and prepared. Trainer provided a broad range of relevant examples on the given issues
– Liu Xu Dong, Senior Operations Manager, Nova Carriers

Digital Badge

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

Earners of Ship & Port Agencies have acquired comprehensive understanding of the contemporary functions Ship/Port Agents play in the modern shipping industry. They have practical skills in analysing various cargo documentations; understanding finance, accounting & credit management; strategising vessel operations from pre-arrival, in-operations to post-departure, assessing key impacts of emerging regulations, e-commercial & digitalisation on value-add business models; and comprehending legal aspects & professional indemnity associated with ship/port operations.

Skills:
ship agencies, port agencies, ship agents, port agents, cargo documentation, bunkering, e-commerce, digital innovation, pricing, claims handling, marine services, bills of lading, customs clearance, safe port, safe berth, manning, crew management, shipping regulations, account management, owner-agent agreements

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

Available to:
Seminar attendees

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Trainer

Paul Black
Principal Consultant
Paul Black Advisory

Paul has been in ocean transportation for nearly 40 years and has led & consulted ports, shipping lines, 3PL, ship & port agencies and freight forwarders globally. His leadership experience includes 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. Some of his 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), managing 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 Asia Pacific
  • Origination, due diligence, negotiationand implementation of M&A, JV, BOT Port investments in Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia for PSA International
  • Advised Sokhna Port Development company and APL agents on contract logistics
  • Turnaround strategy, process engineering and oversight of agent network and performance Harrison Line, Al-Bahar & Sons, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, FedEx

Agenda

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 of contract 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

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

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

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

 

when & where

17 - 18 Oct 2019

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
(Assistant Director Of Business Development, Catering Sales)
Email: aili.tan@meritushotels.com
Website: www.meritushotels.com

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