Release of the car carrier ‘Global Spirit’, which was detained for three weeks by Belgian environmental authorities in the port of Antwerp, has been welcomed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners.

The vessel had been detained for alleged non-compliance with the European Union Waste Shipment Regulation, the ship having originally been scheduled to be recycled in a non-OECD country. ICS maintains that the detention was inappropriate, and that this EU Regulation was never intended for application to international shipping or to ships which are scheduled to be recycled. However, ICS is pleased that the local authorities have come to an understanding with the shipowner.

ICS also greatly welcomes the emphasis now being given by the Belgian authorities to the importance of the rapid entry into force of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling and its commitment to speed up Belgium’s ratification of this important Convention. ICS fully agrees with the Belgian authorities that the entry into force of the IMO Convention ‘is the best guarantee and the only way forward for sustainable ship recycling’ throughout the global shipping industry.

ICS reiterates the following points, which were communicated by ICS to the Flemish Ministry of the Environment when the ship was still detained:

The EU European Waste Shipment Regulation, and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes (on which the EU Regulation is based) were never intended for application to international shipping or to ships which are scheduled to be recycled. This important point has been repeatedly recognised during discussions that have taken place since the Basel Convention was adopted.

The relevant international regime which is applicable to international shipping is the IMO Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. While this instrument has not yet entered into force, it is fully supported by the international shipping industry. It also provides a sounder and far more relevant basis for determining whether a shipping company is meeting its responsibilities to ensure that redundant ships are indeed being recycled in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner. All IMO Member States are therefore encouraged to work towards the ratification of the IMO Hong Kong Convention as soon as possible.

The international shipping industry is fully committed to the safe and environmentally sound recycling of redundant ships. This is demonstrated by the development by the industry of Guidelines on Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling Ships for Recycling, which sets out the measures that shipowners might reasonably undertake in order to adhere to the spirit of the IMO Hong Kong Convention in advance of its entry into force.


Videotel has launched a brand new training course, Noise and Vibration – The Forgotten Hazards, to coincide with the new legal requirements to reduce noise on board ships which come into effect with the adoption of new SOLAS regulations on 1 July 2014. These set mandatory maximum noise level limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, accommodation and other spaces on board ships.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel welcomes the new regulation. “Noise and vibration controls are an essential part of good practice in the onshore workplace and we are delighted that those at sea will soon be legally entitled to the same protection,” he says.

“Research shows that noise and vibration can affect human behaviour and well-being in different ways. Even moderate noise and vibration can not only effect comfort but with increasing exposure can lead to a severe drop in performance in the workplace.”

“Yet many seafarers are often unaware of the health implications following excessive experience of these hazards,” he adds. “Often the consequences are felt only gradually, passing unnoticed until the individual realises they are having difficulty hearing, or are suffering impairment of fine motor skills.”

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is permanent and cannot be cured. When the degree of hearing loss reaches the point where a hearing aid is required, the seafarer may no longer be able to work on board ship, except perhaps in the galley. Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome and Whole Body Vibration Syndrome can be extremely painful and cause long lasting distress.

Noise and Vibration – The Forgotten Hazards is available as an interactive CD-ROM, Videotel On Demand (VOD) and a DVD with supporting workbook. It aims to inform everyone onboard ship about the dangers and to motivate them to take precautions against NIHL and other vibration related health risks. Using documentary footage, graphics and dramatic reconstructions to tell the story, it details the effects of NIHL and vibration syndromes, sets out the sound levels that seafarers can safely be exposed to and emphasises the importance of wearing ear protection and of following company procedures for working safely with hand held vibrating equipment.


Proposals to protect the world’s oceans have been welcomed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the principal trade association for merchant shipowners. ICS recommends that the Global Ocean Commission’s (GOC) ideas should be taken seriously.

The GOC wishes to see a greater level of environmental protection, especially with respect to areas of economic activity, other than shipping, that currently may not be adequately regulated. Issues addressed in its inquiry report, launched in New York last night, include preserving global fishing stocks, preventing ongoing damage to ecosystems caused by land based industry and agriculture, and preventing the acidification of the sea.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe said: “The shipping industry is very fortunate in already having an established framework of global Conventions and rules that have been developed by the United Nations International Maritime Organization. For the most part these IMO rules are fully implemented and enforced worldwide and have directly contributed to the improvement of shipping’s environmental performance. However, shipowners are global citizens who will share the GOC’s concern about the vacuum that still exists with respect to wider governance and protection of the oceans.”

Ideas set out by the Global Ocean Commission include the establishment of a stand-alone UN Sustainable Development Goal for the oceans, a properly resourced and mandated UN Special Representative for the Ocean, as well the creation of an independent Global Ocean Accountability Board. The GOC also suggests that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) should be updated, and that additional regulatory measures might need to be applied to the High Seas.

“The GOC’s ideas merit serious consideration” said Peter Hinchliffe. “The successful model provided by the International Maritime Organization over the past few decades with respect to helping to improve the environmental performance of ships can no doubt be applied to other ocean activities such as fishing and land based industry. While governments – and industry – may well have legitimate questions about some of the more detailed proposals that have been made by the GOC, its ideas deserve proper analysis and need to be taken seriously.”

The Global Ocean Commission (GOC) comprises senior political figures, business leaders and development specialists. The Commission’s full inquiry findings can be found at www.globaloceancommission.org


Hutton’s Group, the international ship supply specialist, is expanding northwards. The company has this week opened a new branch office in Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Isles – the northernmost part of Britain some 170km (110 miles) north east of the Scottish mainland.

Shetland is a developing centre for the offshore oil and gas industry, located at the crossroads of the North Sea and the north east Atlantic Ocean. Lerwick port is strategically well-placed to enable Hutton’s to provide ship supply services to operators in both areas.

Hutton’s has a great deal of expertise in the offshore oil and gas sectors, particularly from its busy branch at Aberdeen. Now the group is bringing this professionalism to Shetland in response to requests from existing and new customers who want to benefit from Hutton’s high level of service in this remote location.

Hutton’s Lerwick branch will be supported by the group’s Aberdeen site via a daily ferry service. The branch will provide a range of ship supply services in Shetland and the Orkney Islands including: provisions, technical or industrial products and medical, as well as logistic & agency services.

Laurence Smith, Hutton’s sales representative who will head the Lerwick branch, brings to his role many years’ experience working within Shetland’s ship agency and oil and gas logistics sectors. Laurence’s customer -focused approach sits well with Hutton’s pledge to provide a reliable ship supply service in this developing maritime sector.

Alex Taylor, Hutton’s Managing Director, said: “This is an important move for the Hutton’s Group. We are growing fast within this sector of ship supply and believe opening this new branch in this developing centre for the oil and gas industry will help us to meet increasing national and international demand for our quality services.”

Hutton’s Lerwick address is: Hutton & Co (Ships Chandlers) Ltd, Unit 5.2 Office 4, Toll Clock Centre, 26 North Road, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0PE For more information about Hutton’s services in Lerwick please contact: Laurence Smith on email: shetland@huttons-chandlers.com


International law firm Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce the promotion of Darren Wall from its commodities team to the position of Partner, with immediate effect.

In addition, four members of its highly successful marine, trade and energy team have been promoted to the position of Legal Director. They include: Colin Lavelle (Shipping) based in Liverpool; Tony McDonach (PI & Regulatory) in the London City office; Caroline Bridge (Cargo & Logistics) based in the Manchester office and also Shanna Ghose (Shipping) in the Singapore office.

Maria Pittordis, Head of Marine, Trade and Energy, welcomed the news saying: “I am delighted, on behalf of the LLP Board, to announce these senior promotions in our commodities and marine, trade and energy teams. These promotions reflect the hard work and dedication undertaken at Hill Dickinson’s offices both in the UK and overseas.”


Call for Shipping Industry to Anticipate Climate Change Impacts

At a major conference today (18 June) in Liverpool, United Kingdom, hosted by the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), gave the keynote speech explaining the shipping industry’s commitment to reducing its CO2 emissions.

Mr Hinchliffe said that shipping is the only industry with a mandatory global regime in place, agreed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to reduce its CO2 emissions. “We are therefore already on a pathway to deliver ships by 2030 that will be 30% more efficient than those of just a couple of years ago.”

He added: “There is a clear mood to address supply chain efficiency at every stage. In particular, the enormous financial pressure of the global recession on freight rates, coupled with virtually year-on-year fuel increases – some 300% over 10 years – has meant that the quest for efficiency is much more than enlightened self-interest and really a means to survive to fight another day.”

The current focus of ICS is helping to ensure that the existing technical and operational measures agreed by IMO are properly implemented. The desire of some governments to develop additional Market Based Measures remains very controversial. ICS believes that the high cost of fuel – set to increase again as the industry switches to low sulphur bunkers – already means that shipowners have every incentive they need to reduce CO2.

Mr Hinchliffe explained that many shipowners fear that the motives for developing MBMs seem to be largely political: linked to the high level debates at the UNFCCC climate talks, and more about generating monies from shipping rather than actually reducing emissions. But the priority of ICS was to help ensure that whatever is decided is agreed for global application by IMO. “ICS takes the view and has argued strongly that the only acceptable MBM – if one is required at all – is a fuel levy,” he said.

However, the IMO debate on MBMs was “on hold” for the time being because the UNFCCC principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibility (CBDR), whereby developing nations wish to accept less ambitious carbon commitments, has yet to be reconciled with the IMO principle of uniform global rules applying to ships of all flags.

Mr Hinchliffe explained that the current focus of debate at IMO is the monitoring and reporting of individual ships’ CO2 emissions. ICS is pleased that IMO is now making progress on CO2 data collection and hopes that this will be compatible with the regional rules being developed by the European Union.

“We feel that measuring fuel consumption overall is a good thing and are fairly confident that we have a good story to tell” said Mr Hinchliffe.

However, ICS maintains concerns about what data collection from individual ships might ultimately be used for, and is opposed to the development of ship indexing based on operational indicators that might be used by governments to penalise older ships unfairly to raise money, leading to serious market distortion.

As well as addressing regulatory developments, Mr Hinchliffe drew attention to the growing need for the industry to take account of the impacts of climate change on shipping, given that extreme weather events appeared to be becoming more frequent.

“Currently ships are built to regulatory requirements upon a definition of North Atlantic winter conditions – these determine the strength of the ship, the thickness of steel, the spacing of strengthening beams and so on,” said Mr Hinchliffe. “Will there come a time when the definition will have to be upgraded? If so how soon will that be, bearing in mind the 30 year design life of a ship?”

He added: “Very few port authorities are doing work to raise infrastructure – higher jetties, higher railway lines and roads – building with a 50 year timeframe in mind. But how many hydrographic offices are thinking about prioritising surveys to ensure that port approaches are surveyed ready for the requirement for new charts in 20 or 30 years’ time – or is it needed sooner than that?”


Liverpool-based international services and shipping business Bibby Line Group challenged, informed and entertained hundreds of guests during the popular showcase ‘Bibby Day’ events during the Maritime, Logistics & Energy (MLE) thematic of the International Festival for Business (IFB).

Bibby Line Group, a leading MLE sponsor, hosted two thought-provoking industry seminars at the Museum of Liverpool before entertaining guests with magicians, Beatles music and local cuisine during a champagne VIP reception amidst the museum exhibits.

Shipping skill shortages were firmly on the agenda during Bibby’s seminar ‘Global Skills Shortage – Changing the Maritime and Offshore Industry’, chaired by Andy Bounds, North of England Correspondent and Enterprise Editor for The Financial Times.

Hard hitters on the panel included John Ridgway, CEO, BP Shipping; Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank; James Leake, Managing Director of Research at Arrow Shipbroking Group; Jacqueline Foster MEP, Deputy Leader of the Conservative MEPs and Conservative Spokesman on Transport & Tourism; Marcus Bowman, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and also Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director of Bibby Line Group.

The shipping industry faces challenges in identifying and retaining competent young crew in the face of predicted growth in the size of the world fleet on the back of a revival in seaborne trade. This in turn is leading onto shortages in many expert roles onshore (such as maritime lawyers and marine engineers) where the UK remains a leading global centre. Panellists and guests debated the issues which may create barriers to recruitment including the need for qualifications and whether these are all strictly necessary, the cost of training, the problems associated with being away from homes for months, gender concerns and how language and multiculturalism affects communication at sea. Institutions such as the Chamber of Shipping and the Merchant Navy Training Board were challenged to work with government to deliver solutions to the issue.

Meanwhile guests at the other Bibby Line Group panel discussion were shown how collaboration in the supply chain could save around £2bn a year on fuel alone, particularly through better training, driver standards and customer support.

Panellists included Kate Willard, Corporate Affairs Director of the Stobart Group, who discussed how the industry needs to move away from a ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality; Jonathan Ballard, Director of Toyota Motor Europe’s Parts Supply Chain Group, on how customer manufacturing practices could be strongly supported by great collaboration; Professor Murray Dalziel, Director of the University of Liverpool Management School, who explored how the industry has an image problem despite being at the cutting edge of collaborative strategy; and Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO of Costcutter and Chris Etherington, Chairman & Chief Executive, Palmer & Harvey, who shared their experiences on the collaboration which had reduced their operating costs by 20 per cent.

Sir Michael Bibby said: “We were proud to be able to host these successful events during this high profile and important business festival in Liverpool. This gave us the perfect opportunity both to stimulate industry debate and to showcase our strength as an integrated services group and I have been delighted to receive very positive feedback from our guests who joined us throughout the day.”


The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the principal global trade association for shipowners representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet – met in Limassol, Cyprus last week for its Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting was hosted by the Cyprus Shipping Chamber in its 25th anniversary year, and commenced with a gala dinner hosted by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, His Excellency Nicos Anastasiades, at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia.

Representatives of ICS member national shipowners’ associations, from the Americas, Asia and Europe, reviewed the many significant regulatory developments affecting shipping with respect to safety, environmental protection and employment affairs, as well as various legal, insurance and trade policy developments.

The discussions were dominated by the pressing challenges associated with the need for ships trading to Emission Control Areas, in North America and Europe, to switch to low sulphur fuel, and the serious implementation problems that will be created by the eventual entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.

Sulphur ECAs – Governments Need to Resolve Critical Implementation Questions
ICS underlines the shipping industry’s commitment to full compliance with the IMO sulphur ECA requirements from January 2015, through the use of low sulphur distillate fuel or alternative compliance mechanisms such as Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (scrubbers). However, information collected by ICS members suggests that many governments are not ready to implement the requirements in a uniform manner, in order to ensure the prevention of market distortion.

In particular, ICS members identified an urgent need for the Paris MOU on Port State Control – in co-operation with the European Commission and the United States – to finalise harmonised procedures before implementation begins. It was also agreed that port states need to resolve detailed implementation questions on the use of alternative compliance mechanisms for those companies that have chosen to invest in them, as permitted by the IMO MARPOL Convention.

“The shipping industry is investing billions of dollars in order to ensure compliance. The huge costs involved could have a profound impact on the future structure of the entire shipping industry and the movement of international trade,” said ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka. “It is therefore incumbent on governments to get the details of implementation right as we enter this brave new world in which fuel costs for many ships will increase overnight by 50% or more. We only have six months to go and we think it vital that governments clarify all of the details of ECA implementation as soon as possible.”

Ballast Water Management Convention – Time is Running Out to Make New Regime Fit for Purpose
ICS members considered the deep flaws in the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (adopted in 2004 when the technology required to comply had not been widely tested or proven commercially) and possible solutions to these issues.

It is apparent that there is now a greater understanding of these problems amongst IMO Member States which for many seems to be the primary issue impeding ratification. These obstacles include the lack of robustness of the current type-approval process for the very expensive new treatment systems that will be required, doubts about the procedures to be followed during Port State Control, and the need to provide confidence to shipowners that have already installed the new equipment (or are about to do so) that they will be regarded by the authorities as compliant.

ICS supports the objectives of the Convention and recognises that its eventual entry into force is inevitable. “However,” explained Mr Morooka “unless these problems are resolved immediately at IMO there is a considerable risk that the regime will not be fit for purpose.”

ICS is particularly concerned that port state sanctions could impact unfairly on shipowners who, in good faith, have fitted type-approved equipment, only to be told subsequently that it falls short of the required standard. At the next meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 67) in October 2014, governments need to take what may be the final opportunity to act by agreeing some relatively simple changes to how the Convention will be implemented. “Time is rapidly running out.” said Mr Morooka.

The ICS AGM agreed in principle to the text of a detailed industry submission that will be made to MEPC 67. This submission will suggest solutions to these complex problems in the form of a draft MEPC Resolution that could be adopted by IMO Member States before the Convention enters into force. This final industry submission will be made in the next few weeks.

Future Regulation of International Shipping
The ICS AGM considered the lessons to be learned with respect to the development of regulations, such as the Ballast Water Convention, that have subsequently turned out to have major problems, as well other technical regulations that have often been taken forward without any consideration of the economic impacts, or of the unintended consequences for regulations that already exist.

For the past 50 years IMO has served the industry very well by providing shipowners with a comprehensive global regulatory framework. But there is growing concern that something is wrong with the quality and quantity of recent regulatory changes. All too often ICS sees regulatory proposals by governments being taken forward without any supporting evidence of compelling need.

Mr Morooka explained “Environmental protection is of the utmost importance, and ICS does not question the objectives or good intentions that are usually behind most government proposals. But in the future we believe there needs to be far more emphasis on proper regulatory impact assessments which also take full account of the economic sustainability of shipping. More attention also needs to be given by IMO Member States to the practicality and timescale allowed for implementation of new regulations. This should happen before the rules are adopted, not several years later when it may be too late.”

The ICS members recognised that making improvements to the process of regulatory development at IMO is a complicated and difficult topic, and that there are no simple solutions. But ICS members agreed that in the year ahead they would seek to develop some firm proposals for discussion with regulators.

Mr Masamichi Morooka (Japan) was elected for a second two-year term of office as ICS Chairman. He will be supported by Mr John C Lyras (Greece), Mrs Karin Orsel (Netherlands), Mr Gerardo Borromeo (Philippines) and Mr Esben Poulsson (Singapore) who continue to serve as ICS Vice Chairmen.


Leading ship supplier The Hutton’s Group has strengthened its Aberdeen logistics team with the appointment of a new Branch Manager.

Kirstene Wilson starts work today at the firm’s Sinclair Road depot, having completed a week’s induction training at Hutton’s head office in Hull.

Ms Wilson brings to her new role years of experience in both the retail, wholesale and logistics sectors, having worked previously for Makro and Strachan’s.

Hutton’s Managing Director Alex Taylor said: “I am pleased to welcome Kirstene to the Hutton’s Group and believe her knowledge of the Aberdeen shipping sector will be a great asset to our busy branch, which specialises particularly in supplying the growing offshore industry.”


ISSA – the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association – has elected a new President.

Abdul Hameed Hajah from Singapore will succeed Jens Olsen from Denmark when the latter retires at the end of the year.

At the Association’s Annual General Meeting in Panama the ISSA Assembly also elected two new Executive Vice-Presidents to its Board: George Saris from Turkey and Vladimir Koval from Ukraine.

In addition Mr Rocky Rocksborough-Smith from Canada was re-elected Senior Executive Vice-President and Mr Alfred Borg from Malta was re-elected Treasurer.

Retiring at the end of the year as well will be Wim van Noortwijk from The Netherlands, former President of ISSA and in recent years ISSA Assembly Member representing the Associate Membership. Mr Olsen, as retiring President, will now take over this role.

Mr Matti Kokkala from Finland will also be retiring from the Executive Board at the end of the year after many years valuable service as an Executive Vice-President.

Paying tribute to Mr Olsen’s two terms as ISSA President, Mr Abdul Hameed Hajah said: “Jens Olsen has worked tirelessly for the benefit of ISSA Members and launched a number of important and innovative initiatives.

“I fully intend to build on the foundations he has laid and I am glad that he will still be available to offer advice and encouragement to myself and the new team I now have the privilege to lead.”

Jens Olsen commented: “The winds of change are blowing not only in ship supply but the wider maritime community which our members serve.

“It has been hugely rewarding for me to have led ISSA for two terms as President and I am confident that Mr Hajah and the Board will join together to deliver the services and wider representational role that our members require.”

Innovation being ISSA’s watch-word, this year’s annual event was billed as much more of a Regional Meeting and attracted many members from South and Central America.

Delegates from 30 countries attended and focused on the subject of money: how to make it; how to keep it; how to recover it.

Many of ISSA’s top management were in Panama to hear President Olsen announce an unprecedented increase in the overall membership number.

Growth areas include the Indian sub-continent, China, Indonesia and much of Africa.

There was further good news in the number of ISSA Members boasting the ISSA Quality Certification, a Standard recognised and endorsed by the World Customs Organisation and InterManager and which can now be said to have achieved critical mass.

Mr Abdul Hameed Hajah and the new Executive Board take office on 1st January 2015


Bibby Ship Management has secured a contract to supply crew management services for Chevron’s floating storage unit, the Alba-FSU.

The crew will provide operating, loading and equipment handling services on the Alba Floating Storage vessel.

Mark Robertshaw, Managing Director, Bibby Ship Management – Isle of Man said: “This is an important contract for us as it underpins Bibby Ship Management’s continued growth as a trusted business partner in the offshore sector. We invest a great deal in the selection and training of our crew to ensure we provide well-qualified and highly competent personnel for our managed vessels. We look forward to working with Chevron to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the Alba FSU.”

Bibby Ship Management, which is able to draw on the company’s 200 years of owning and managing experience, supplies, highly-trained crew for a range of international vessels, providing a bespoke service tailored to individual owners’ requirements and is FPAL verified.

Bibby Ship Management recently acquired GAC Travel and Murray Fenton (India) Surveyors Limited and announced that it provides statutory management services to a quarter of the Isle of Man Ship Registry’s registered gross tonnage.


Hill Dickinson has strengthened its presence in the Asian Shipping Market by announcing a series of new appointments to its Hong Kong and Singapore offices.

Formerly a partner at Clydes in Singapore, Chris Edwards joins the Singapore office in June. We are also delighted to announce that a Senior Associate from a leading international shipping law firm in Hong Kong will join our Singapore office in September as a Legal Director. Further details will be announced shortly.

Chris has over 18 years of experience in handling shipping, trade and insurance disputes in Singapore and the South East Asia Region and is a leading figure in the marine insurance market in Singapore. He is a ranked individual in Chambers Global Directory and has been named a Top Ten Legal Personality in the Lloyds List annual global review of the most influential people in shipping.

Tony Goldsmith, head of Hill Dickinson’s Singapore office commented: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to strengthen our offering in our core practise areas. He has built a significant reputation in his chosen areas of specialism. I am also very pleased to have attracted someone who has made his home in Singapore over many years”.

Kennedys Partner Anthony Woo will join the Hong Kong operation in September. Anthony has built up a strong reputation advising ship owners and charterers on charter party disputes as well as defending ship owner/freight forwarders on cargo claims. Hill Dickinson’s Hong Kong office operates in association with Laracy & Co, providing specialist local commercial litigation, collision, salvage and marine casualty expertise within Asia and beyond. Led by Master Mariner and long-standing partner, Mike Mallin, the team includes experienced litigator and arbitrator, Damien Laracy.

The Hong Kong team is closely aligned to Hill Dickinson’s well-established Singapore team, providing a convenient pan-Asia base for its clients. Its Singapore office, headed up by Tony Goldsmith, handles all manner of casualty, salvage, P&I, FD&D and insurance work. Clients number many of the leading shipowners, cruise and ferry operators, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, port and terminal operators, underwriters and traders.

Mike Mallin, Partner, said the appointments were a crucial element in Hill Dickinson’s efforts to bolster its presence in the Far East. He said: “Our Hong Kong office has definitely hit the ground running as there are very few other firms of our calibre in Hong Kong doing the kind of work we do. And our work in Hong Kong can only backup the success we are achieving in Singapore.”