Trading and Shipping (downstream)
International by nature, the shipping and transportation industry presents complex, unique issues that must be tackled with a creative and broadminded approach. Gentium offers solid representation in the diverse matters that might arise in connection with this industry.
Our experience in the shipping and transportation industry encompasses handling a wide variety of cargo claims, demurrage claims, time charter disputes and barratry claims, in arbitrations before the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association and other arbitral tribunals, as well as in litigation before the English High Court.
- Representation of a Cypriot construction and shipping family in a dispute over ownership of and income from a major international construction company operating in the Middle East.
- Acting for a national state-owned East Asian petroleum corporation in connection with allegations of fraudulent preparation of trading contracts by a counterpart in another nationally owned petroleum corporation in the same region; arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce worth over US$100 million were commenced in London under English law.
- Claim related to fraudulent non-delivery and cancellation under a grain contract relating to a Middle Eastern sovereign purchaser and a “long company” (i.e. with a fraudulent trading record) based in a major western jurisdiction.
- Acting for a state-owned Gulf shipping corporation in a gasoil shipment demurrage claim arising out of force majeure events in the Far East; arbitration proceedings before the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association.
- Time charter dispute before the English High Court arising out of unauthorised substitution of vessels, charter of a repair rig and consequential losses and other damages for delay.
- Acting for one of several defendants in a claim by a major international London-based bank against a state-owned South Asian shipping corporation, involving fraudulent amendments to a bill of lading and other transaction documents and wrongful payment out on a letter of credit.
- Representing a private individual and his family companies in a series of investments in the gold mining industry in two African states, including negotiations with prospective international financiers and investment banks.
- Acting for charterers associated with a major international commodity trader in proceedings before the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association proceedings with a disponent owner concerning forum shopping and alleged repudiation of an arbitration agreement.
- London based arbitration concerning demurrage claims relating to leak of seawater and vessel acceptability warranty relating to delays in receiving delivery of crude oil in the Middle East.
- Claim relating to in transit contamination of mono-ethylene glycol with impurities in transit from the Middle East to a far Eastern country; proceedings before an arbitral tribunal in London under the Arbitration Act 1996.
- Barratry claim, involving deliberately berthing a vessel in a jurisdiction in which it would be subject to arrest, to blackmail the disponent owner into satisfying the debts in respect of which arrest was obtained.
- Grounding claim in India (unsafe berth for a vessel of the requisite tonnage); apportionment of responsibility.