International Shipping Forum

Southampton, Bermuda / 7-8 October 2019

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Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of shipping’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick.  Among the speakers, you will hear from:

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Ben Abraham
Global Head of Marine
Willis Towers Watson
Morten Arntzen
Executive Chairman
Team Tankers
Mr. Arntzen has been involved in the global shipping industry continuously since 1979. He has served as Executive Chairman of Team Tankers since April, 2015. He is currently also on the board of directors of TBS Ocean Logistics Inc. and serves as Senior Shipping Industry Advisor to Macquarie Bank, Australia. Mr. Arntzen worked for 18 years at Chase Manhatten Bank (and its predecessor institutions) from 1979 to 1997, including running the Global Transportation Group from 1992-1997; was the CEO of American Marine Advisors Inc. from 1997 to 2003; and the President & CEO of Overseas Shipholding Group from 2004 to 2013. In addition, he has substantial board experience serving as a director for companies, including Chiquita Brands International, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Overseas Shipholding Group, Essar Shipping (India), IM Skaugen (Norway) and TBS Shipping. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Maine Maritime Academy and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Scott Bergeron
Director of Business Development & Strategy
Oldendorff Carriers
Scott Bergeron is the Direct of Business Development and Strategy for Oldendorff Carriers, the world’s leading bulk carrier owner and operator. With a modern leadership approach and a strong technical foundation, Scott is a proven business leader and international shipping industry executive. Scott is an honors graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and also earned an MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Prior to joining Oldendorff Carriers, Scott was a Principal with the YCF Group. As the Group’s maritime program leader he held a variety of roles that included Chief Executive Officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the world’s second largest ship registry. Scott also conceived, established, nurtured and grew several profitable businesses for the Group including EuroFlag Services, SeaNet Maritime, SeaNet Verification and Decatur Marine Audit & Survey. In 2011 Mr. Bergeron was appointed by Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell as a Commissioner of the Port of Virginia, where he was subsequently elected as Vice Chairman. During a 3-year term, Scott provided financial and operation governance of one of the largest and deepest ports in the United States of America. Earlier in his career, Bergeron held senior management positions in an international ship owning & ship managing company and served as a marine surveyor for the US Coast Guard and for Det Norske Veritas.
Shelley Chapelski
Partner, Head of Shipping (Canada)
Norton Rose Fulbright
Boriana Farrar
Vice President
American P&I Club
Boriana Farrar is a Vice President, Counsel and Business Development Director of Americas at Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., managers of American P&I Club in New York. She handles a variety of P&I claims with focus on personal injury crew and passenger claims and casualties. Previously, Ms. Farrar was working at a leading New York maritime law firm Hill Betts & Nash LLP. There, as a partner in its maritime practice, she had responsibility for conducting a broad range of litigation in the area of maritime disputes in both federal and state court, including matters involving: personal injury, maritime casualties, breach of contract and various other insurance defense disputes.
Jeanne Grasso
Blank Rome
Jeanne M. Grasso is a partner at Blank Rome LLP, and Vice Practice Group Leader of the Maritime and International Trade Practice Group. Jeanne focuses her practice on maritime and environmental law for domestic and international clients. She regularly counsels owners and operators of vessels, charterers, cargo owners and facilities on maritime and environmental issues, including ballast water, air emissions, and coastwise trade. Her practice involves counseling on all aspects of maritime and environmental regulatory compliance related to U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Maritime Administration and U.S. Customs & Border Protection matters; internal and grand jury investigations; defense of administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions; and pollution incident response.
John Hadjipateras
President & CEO
Dorian LPG
John C. Hadjipateras serves as Chairman of the Board and as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hadjipateras has been actively involved in the management of shipping companies since 1972. From 1972 to 1992, Mr. Hadjipateras was the Managing Director of Peninsular Maritime Ltd., in London and subsequently served as President of Eagle Ocean. He has served as a member of the board of the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee, of the Council of Intertanko and has been a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1972 and of the American Bureau of Shipping since 2011. He also served on the Board of Advisors of the Faculty of Language and Linguistics of Georgetown University and is a trustee of Kidscape, a leading U.K. charity organization. He was a Director of SEACOR Holdings Inc., a global provider of marine transportation equipment and logistics services, from 2000 until 2013.
Brian Holdipp
Senior Associate
MJM Limited
Brian Holdipp has been practising corporate law for more than 20 years. His practice encompasses many areas of general corporate and commercial law, with expertise in securities, M&A, corporate restructurings, corporate redomiciliations and cross-border financing (with a specialism in aviation and ship finance). He also advises on partnership and regulatory law including on compliance with Bermuda’s recently introduced economic substance legislation. Brian has practised in Bermuda and in the Singapore office of another leading offshore law firm, and has also acted as legal consultant to the Bermuda Monetary Authority where he advised on proposals to regulate the corporate service provider industry and to enhance enforcement powers across the insurance investment business, trusts and banking sectors. Brian is ranked by Chambers Global and IFLR1000.‎
Joe Hughes
Chairman & CEO
NAMEPA/Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.
Joe has served as Chairman and CEO of the managers of the American Club, an International Group mutual, for twenty-three years. Joe also oversees the activities of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., an affiliate of SCB, which operates the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America insurance facilities. In addition, he is a director of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd., a Cyprus-based underwriting investment of the American Club. Having graduated from Oxford University, Joe qualified as a barrister specializing in maritime commercial law before commencing his career in marine insurance. Prior his arrival in the United States, Joe worked for other P&I clubs in the United Kingdom and Norway, latterly serving as chairman of the global marine practice of Jardine Insurance Brokers in London. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe is chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), a director (and former president) of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, a former chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States, a director of New York Maritime, Inc. (NYMAR) and a member of the National Cargo Bureau. Joe also serves on the classification committee of the American Bureau of Shipping, and the North American advisory committee of Lloyd’s Register.
Thya Kathiravel
Chief Underwriting Officer
North Group
Thya is Chief Underwriting Officer for the North Group worldwide and leads the combined North of England P&I and Sunderland Marine Underwriting Teams. He also represents the North on the International Group’s Reinsurance Sub-Committee. Thya is a Barrister, admitted to the English and Singapore Bar.
Vincent Lai
Landbridge Holdings
Vincent Lai has over 20 years of extensive experience in shipping and finance. He joined Landbridge Holdings Limited in January 2017 as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for running the Group’s shipping business and funding port and energy projects. Prior to joining Landbridge Group, Vincent worked with Wah Kwong Maritime Transport for over 8 years and served as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer. Before he joined Wah Kwong in 2008, he held senior positions in COSCO (HK) Shipping and PricewaterhouseCoopers with focus in shipping IPO, financing and audit exposure in China business. Vincent holds a professional qualification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Ben Lyons
Expedition Voyage Consultants
Ben has spent his entire life captivated by ships and travel and in 2003 was asked to join Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. He consequently became the first American officer the company had hired in its over 160 year history, and he served for five years onboard, leaving as the liner’s Chief Officer. After traveling to Antarctica in 2007 and immediately falling in love with the seventh continent, he joined Lindblad Expeditions as Chief Officer and Captain in order to explore more of the world’s wild, polar regions. In 2012, he became CEO of EYOS Expeditions and Expedition Voyage Consultants, pioneering groundbreaking voyages and assisting cruiselines with their expedition operations. Ben holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in his adopted hometown of New York City.
Lars Rhodin
Managing Director
The Swedish Club
Mr Rhodin joined The Swedish Club in 1986 and served at its Hong Kong office from 1988 to 1991. Between 2003 and 2008, he held the position as Deputy Managing Director, prior to his appointment as Managing Director in July, 2008. Lars Rhodin is an active member of industry organisations, such as the International Group of P&I Clubs’ Committees and Working Groups, IUMI (International Union of Marine Insurance) as member the Nominating Committee and Det Norske Veritas, DNV. He serves on the board of directors of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. Mr Rhodin holds an L.L.M., Master of Law, from University of Lund, Sweden and an MBA from University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law.
Francis Richardson
Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority
Mr. Richardson joined the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority as the Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. He previously worked within the Bermuda Government Civil Service and held posts including Director of Marine and Ports and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Development & Transport. Prior to the Civil Service, Mr. Richardson spent over eight years working at sea as a marine engineer on various types of ships engaged in international trade and ascended. Mr. Richardson holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Operations and Management and a Class 1 Marine Engineering Certificate of Competency, he is a Corporate Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and is currently a member of Lloyds Registry (United States) Advisory Committee.
Dieter Schwampe
Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein
Admitted to the German Bar in 1985, joined Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein in 1985; legal clerkship in Hamburg (1981-1984); PhD in law (1983–1984); advice in all areas of insurance and reinsurance, especially marine insurance law (drafting of terms, cover issues, legal representation, recourse actions ) and maritime law (collision, grounding, salvage, general average, pollution, charter parties, bills of lading,), and transportation law (road, air, inland water ways), regularly appointed as arbitrator; more than 100 lectures and presentations at national and international events; Professor of Law at the University of Hamburg in the field of maritime insurance law and transport law. Studied in Konstanz, Bonn and Hamburg; legal clerkship in Hamburg (1981-1984); PhD in law (1983–1984); appointment as Professor of Law by the President of the University of Hamburg (2013
Ray Waid
Maritime Lawyer
Liskow & Lewis
Ray Waid is a maritime lawyer and veteran-naval officer focused on helping companies in the marine and energy sector. Ray represents clients through all phases of litigation and in government investigations. He also provides clients with legal advice on maritime and environmental regulations and assistance in transactional matters, such as vessel sales, charterparties, and service agreements. Vessel owners, operators and others involved in the marine and energy sector rely on Ray's advice and aggressive advocacy. They turn to him because he has the unique experience of operating a vessel at sea combined with a successful and diverse practice devoted to admiralty and maritime law. Ray’s experience is vital in the high-pressure environment immediately after marine casualties, when companies need a lawyer to quickly identify the legal issues, know what questions to ask, and what actions to take in order to put companies in the best position. This same experience makes him a highly effective advocate in marine and energy cases involving personal injury, property damage, and economic loss. As a full-time maritime lawyer, he has successfully handled the gambit of cases, including collision, allision, cargo, pollution, salvage, and injury cases.
Jerome Wilson
Jerome Wilson is a partner and member of the Corporate department in Appleby´s Bermuda office. His practice includes, but is not limited to advising on complex shipping matters, ship financing and other general matter. Jerome is recognised as a ´Next Generation Lawyer´ in the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets category and recommended in the Corporate and Commercial category by Legal 500 Caribbean. Jerome is also ranked as a ´notable practitioner´ by IFLR1000. Jerome is a member of the Bermuda Bar Association.
John Woods
Clyde & Co.
John Woods co-leads the Clyde & Co U.S. marine team where he concentrates his practice in maritime law and insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration. His clients include U.S. and foreign insurers, who he represents regularly in the areas of maritime hull, liability, cargo, pollution, war risk, loss of earnings and environmental claims. John has significant experience in cases involving shipbuilding contracts, third party marine liability, cases involving oil spills, hazardous substance discharges and OPA and CERCLA claims. He has extensive litigation experience and has handled litigations involving major maritime casualties and claims in courts across the U.S., and has counseled clients involved in litigations in foreign courts. He has argued appeals in the New York appellate courts (including the New York Court of Appeals) and five of the U.S. Courts of Appeal. In addition, John represents clients in arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator. A graduate of Tulane University School of Law (JD 1980) and Middlebury College (AB 1976), John is the former Chairman of the Average Adjusters Association of the United States, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Law Association, of which he is the current Chair of the subcommittee on Hull and P&I Insurance, and the former Chair of the New York Bar Association's Admiralty Committee.