Choose Location

10-09-2018 (Singapore)

Shipping Law & Contract Fundamentals
Download Brochure Request

Register your interest


Register your interest


Shipping Law & Contract Fundamentals

10 – 11 September 2018, Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Singapore

Book Now Download Brochure

Team Savings: Register 2 Delegates & the 3rd Comes free!


Key Learning Outcomes

  • Fundamentals of international maritime law in relation to negligence & breach of contract
  • Contractual framework and revenue function of Time and Voyage Charterparties
  • Negotiation of Charterparty terms and ‘fixing’ a contract
  • Rights and obligations under Bills of Lading and Sale of Goods Contracts
  • Marine insurance, the applicable law and associated cargo liability regimes
  • Arbitration, mediation, litigation as methods for resolving damage and performance claims in maritime and shipping contracts

Who Should Attend

  • Executives employed in the shipping industry wanting to expand their knowledge of legal and commercial matters
  • Employees who work for commodity traders or any form of trader who use shipping for exporting or importing commodities and goods
  • Governments or Government Authorities involved with the international shipping industry and wishing to learn more about the legal and commercial framework
  • Anyone who desires to gain a deeper understanding of the legal and contractual framework of the Asian maritime industry
  • Lawyers and Executives in P&I clubs and Insurance companies
  • Bank Executives dealing with the Shipping and Maritime Industry


Packages Price
2 Day Training$3495$3295Early BirdEarly Bird

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 2477


  • 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.


Capt. Robert Gordon

Master Mariner & Solicitor (England & Wales) Managing Director, SeaProf Executive Education Former MD and Chairman, SEAsia P&I Services


Maritime Law Introduction

  • Maritime Law vs. Law of the Sea
  • Common & Civil Law jurisdictions
  • International Law
  • Maritime conventions & the ‘Four pillars of maritime law’.
  • The Regulation of Shipping
  • The unique maritime law of Salvage, General
  • Average & Limitation of Liability

Common/English Law concepts

  • The law of contract
  • The law of negligence (tort)
  • The law of agency

International Shipping & Trade: the network of interconnecting contracts

  • Legal characteristics and commercial usage
  • Allocation of risk between owners & charterers, sellers and buyers etc.
  • Time, Voyage & Demise Charterparties
  • Bills of Lading & Multi-modal contracts
  • Ship Sale & Purchase contracts
  • Ship Management contracts
  • Marine Insurance contracts
  • ‘Express’ and ‘implied’ terms
  • Representations & Misrepresentations

Operational Factors Involved with Shipping Contracts

  • Letters of indemnity for cargo damage and Pre and Post dating
  • Letters of indemnity for delivery without presentation of the Bill of Lading
  • Authority of the ship’s agent to sign on behalf of the Master

Essential Terms of Charterparty Contracts

  • Time Charters
    • NYPE (New York Produce Exchange)
    • Period charter/daily hire
    • Description & speed of the ship
    • “Off Hire”
    • Jurisdiction & law clause
    • ISPS Clause
    • Compare with tanker time charter
    • Remedies for breach
  • Voyage Charters
    • Concept of freight revenue
    • Laytime, demurrage & dispatch
    • Statement of facts
    • Commencement of Laytime
    • Interruptions (weather, strikes & shifting ship)
    • SPS Clause
    • Remedies for breach
    • Safe port
    • Deviation
    • Jurisdiction & law clause
    • Bills of lading issued under a voyage charter party
    • Comparison with a tanker voyage charter

Contracts of Affreightment (COA)

  • Concept of ‘linked voyage charter parties’
  • The terms and obligations

Charterparty Negotiation

  • When is a C/P contract binding?
  • “Subjects”, “main terms” and “details”
  • Broker’s authority as agent
  • Broker’s commission
  • Address commission
  • Standard Charterparty forms
  • Supplementary clauses & possible conflicts
  • Explanations of “Implied terms”, “factual representations”, “without guarantee”

Contracts for the Sale of Goods

    • CIF
    • CFR
    • FOB

Bills of Lading

  • Three primary functions
    • Receipt
    • Contract of carriage
    • Document of title
  • Rights & obligations of the parties
  • Carrier identification
  • Carrier defenses
  • Interconnection with INCOTERMS
  • Types of Bills of Lading
    • Order Bills
    • Straight Bills
    • Waybills
    • Standard Bill of Lading documents

The Carriage of Goods by Sea

  • Cargo Liability Conventions
    • Hague Visby Rules
    • Hamburg Rules
    • National law ‘Hybrid’ Rules
    • Incorporation into Bills of Lading
  • When do the Rules apply?
  • Concept of the ‘Clause Paramount’
  • Obligations of the parties
  • Defenses entitled to the carrier
  • Time bar

Multi Modal Transport & Documentation

  • The concept of Multimodal transport
  • The Liner Bill of Lading
  • The Through Bill of Lading
  • The Booking Note
  • Time Charter (BoxTime)
  • Slot Charters (SlotHire)

Marine Insurance

  • Origins, legal framework & the Marine Insurance Act 1906
  • Hull and Machinery insurance
    • Scope of standard cover
    • Nature of ‘insured perils’
    • Exclusions from underwriter’s liability
  • P&I Insurance
    • Scope of liability cover
    • Elements of compulsory cover
    • P&I Rules of Entry/the ‘policy’
    • Exclusions from Club liability
  • Cargo Insurance
    • Scope of A, B and C policy cover
    • Requirements for CIF cargo
    • Underwriter’s recovery against P&I

Dispute Resolution

  • Methodologies including:
    • Negotiation
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
    • Litigation
  • Importance of the jurisdiction and law clause and its content precision
  • Problem of courts that will not confirm the contractual choice of the parties

when & where

10 - 11 Sep 2018

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

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.


IBC Asia is Singapore's leading event organiser. We conceive, develop and promote our own B2B industry conferences and corporate training courses, and offer tailored managed event solutions.

Find out more