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Shipping

The firm’s market leading shipping practice is recognized for its ability and expertise to handle a full range of shipping work in Singapore and across the region including:

  1. “dry” work
  2. “wet” work
  3. Shipbuilding / shiprepair
  4. Ship finance and transactional shipping work
  5. Marine insurance
  6. Admiralty  

The team has also been consistently rated by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 as being one of the top shipping law practices in Singapore.   

 

“Dry” Work
The team handles all variety of “dry” work including charterparty disputes, bill of lading claims and cargo claims. The team is particularly noted for its expertise in handling highly technical petrochemical cargo contamination cases.

While the team is regularly instructed on “dry” shipping arbitrations in London (particularly those under the LMAA Rules), Hong Kong and Singapore, we are also highly active in the Singapore courts. The team has acted in a number of significant Singapore cases including the “HYUNDAI FORTUNE” – which is the leading Court of Appeal decision in Singapore on the effect of jurisdiction clauses in bills of lading and UCO Bank v Golden Shore Transportation – where the Court of Appeal clarified the law on title to sue under the Singapore Bills of Lading Act (which is in pari materia with the English Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992). In addition to handling contentious work, the team also advises on and drafts carriage documents such as contracts of affreightment, charterparties and bills of lading.

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“Wet” Work
Our Emergency Response Team is highly experienced in handling casualties throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The team is familiar with handling all issues arising from casualties including salvage, general average, insurance, tonnage limitation, statutory/criminal liability and environmental/pollution issues. Over the years, we have built good working relationships with the regional maritime authorities. This, together with our practical knowledge of how things work in the region, enables us to guide our clients through any issues that arise following a casualty. Our team is particularly experienced in handling casualties in Malaysia and works closely with our Malaysian associated firm, T S Oon & Partners.

Amongst the casualties our team has been involved in, are the "SELENDANG AYU", where a bulk carrier broke in two off the coast of Alaska and the "LIMBURG", where a cargo vessel was damaged in an explosion caused by a terrorist attack. The team has also acted in the only reported limitation action to go to trial in Singapore - Antara Koh Pte Ld v Eng Tou Offshore Pte Ltd. More recently, the team has been instructed in relation to a major collision off the coast of Malaysia between a bulk carrier and a tanker which resulted in anexplosion on board the tanker and significant loss of life. We also acted for the owners of the "OSTENDE MAX" which collided with "FORMOSAPRODUCT BRICK'' in the Straits of Malacca, wherein about nine seamen on the latter vessel perished. We negotiated the release of the vessel and the master.

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Shipbuilding / Shiprepair
In addition to drafting and advising on shipbuilding and shiprepair contracts, the team also handles litigation and arbitration where disputes have arisen under such contracts.
The team has dealt with the construction of vessels and rigs in yards in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore as well as Rotterdam and is frequently instructed to advise on defective design, defective construction, delays, negligent repair claims, and claims in tort.

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Ship Finance / Transactional Work
In addition to contentious work, the firm also offers clients a full range of shipping corporate and advisory services including drafting and advising on pooling arrangements, terminal service agreements, forward freight agreements, ship finance and sale and purchase agreements.
The team is particularly experienced in ship finance work and has in fact assisted a number of foreign banks to set up their ship finance departments in Singapore. The team has advised financial institutions on the financing of US$250 million purchase and has also handled the sale and purchase of rigs.
Apart from ship finance, the team has also been involved in advising on a joint venture agreement between a major Japanese shipping company and one of the world’s largest port operators in relation to a roro terminal worth US$110 million. The team was also involved in the advising on a joint venture between one of the largest shipping companies in the world and a major Indian multinational.

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Marine Insurance
Our marine insurance practice group – which is probably one of the largest dedicated marine insurance practices in Asia - handles claims worth over US$200 million annually.

Our team acts for a number of major hull and cargo underwriters some of whom instruct us exclusively on all their claims. In addition to advising on policy liability and handling recovery actions, the team also assists clients in drafting their standard terms of cover. We work very closely with clients on managing their claims in order to help them improve their loss ratios.

The team has previously advised marine insures on issues arising out of the terrorist attack on the “LIMBURG” off the coast of Africa and coverage issues arising from acts of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

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Admiralty
Our team is regularly instructed in relation to arrests and maritime claims against vessels. Where vessels cannot be arrested in Singapore, we work closely with foreign lawyers to effect arrests in the most advantageous jurisdictions. Some of the notable cases our lawyers have been involved in are The “IVANOVO” where our lawyers acted for the Ukrainian government in setting aside an arrest in Singapore and The “ASIAN ATLAS” where our lawyers arrested a vessel in Hong Kong on the basis of an indemnity claim for pure economic loss.  

   

 

 

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