Charterparty and COA Disputes

  • Successfully acting for shipowners in arbitration over US$50million claim for early vessel redelivery.
  • Successfully acting for shipowners in London ad hoc arbitration, and court appeal, in US$130m claim relating to a dispute over the identity of a new cape-size vessel.
  • Involved in disputes between owners and time charterers concerning claims relating to the construction history of several bulk vessels, compliance with regulations including PSPC, allegations of backdating, and related litigation and arbitration in PRC, London and South Africa. Claims secured and settled.
  • Advising charterers of effect of dlosp requirement in relation to three charterparties for three newly built vessels. All successfully renegotiated and settled after arrests.
  • Acting for owners in arbitration to establish the duration of time trip charterparty. Charterers had refused to instruct the vessel to discharge at destination port, instead using the vessel as a floating warehouse.
  • Acing for owners in arbitration following the coalition response to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Issues included whether a state of “war” existed, allowing cancellation of fixtures.
  • Advising owners on whether October 1999 coup in Pakistan allowed cancellation of COA.
  • Negotiating settlement of claim for the hire of a vessel used for the new HK airport construction project.
  • Litigating in Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal to obtain security for mis-delivery of US$5 million cargo without production of bills of lading.
  • Mediating in relation to the liabilities of a vessel under vcp in relation to cargo quantity.