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Sunday, January 21, 2018

INTERTANKO Athens Tanker Chartering Seminar – Record Attendance

In the run up to the 2002 Posidonia INTERTANKO held a Tanker Chartering Seminar at the Piraeus head quarters of Eletson Corporation on 30 May. The seminar achieved a record attendance, with some 80 participants primarily draw from tanker operators who are members of INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Forum.

In fact this was the first such seminar to have had a waiting list for those wishing attend. The Hellenic Forum is chaired by Mr Erric B. Kertsikoff of Eletson Corporation, who strongly supported this initiative. The Association’s Managing Director Dr Peter Swift commented: “INTERTANKO has a strong presence in Greece much of which is due to the dedication of its Hellenic Forum. We are delighted that that so many members participated in the seminar and contributed with their wealth of practical knowledge of tanker chartering.”

INTERTANKO organises an annual Tanker Chartering Seminar which rotates between the world’s major maritime nations and is often held in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Tanker Event Conference. In 2001 a successful series of seminars were held jointly with the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand

The Athens seminar featured a team of expert speakers from the UK and USA, participating were Prof. Martin Davies, Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law and Co-Director, Maritime Law Center, Tulane Law School, New Orleans; Mr William J. Honan III, Managing Partner of the New York office of Haight Gardner Holland & Knight, Vice-Chairman of INTERTANKO’s Documentary Committee; Mr Stephen J. Martin, Director and Head of Claims, Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Ltd.; and Mr Harvey G. Williams, former Senior Partner, Sinclair Roche & Temperley and Vice-Chairman of INTERTANKO’s Documentary Committee.

The full day seminar included sessions on: the latest developments in chartering law and practice from both the English and New York law perspective which included issues such as vetting, laytime/demurrage, and aspects from the latest forms of tanker time charters. A session was also held on charterer’s liability for oil spill pollution. The video produced by ITOPF and the Steamship Mutual detailing the Erika casualty was shown followed by a discussion on the recent developments in the international regime for liability and compensation for oil pollution. The second half of the seminar included a session on the incorporation of charterparty terms in bills of lading. This was followed by a series of case studies run as contested arbitrations. Topics covered included the right of charterers to demand the issue of freight pre-paid bills of lading and the commencement of laytime where no valid notice of readiness has been tendered.

Mr John Fawcett-Ellis INTERTANKO’s Legal Counsel who was responsible for the seminar commented “The seminar was an outstanding success both in terms of the high quality of the sessions which provoked much discussion and the great concentration of tanker operators actively supporting INTERTANKO.”

The seminar was followed by a reception at the Marine Club, Piraeus kindly hosted by the International law firm, Clyde & Co.

INTERTANKO is very grateful to the speakers for giving their time and expertise for the seminar, to Eletson Corporation for hosting the seminar and for their invaluable help in coordinating the event and to Clyde & Co for ensuring that the day was able to conclude with an enjoyable reception.

For further details please contact:
John Fawcett-Ellis
E-mail: john.fawcett-ellis@intertanko.com
Tel. + 44 775 386 3902