A Talk on “Time Bars for Cargo Claims”

Organizer Name
Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton
Capital Tower, Singapore
Public event, registration required
Alan Lim

Time bars for cargo claims- A cargo claim can be brought under a charterparty, a bill of lading, in tort or bailment. Furthermore the apportionment of cargo claims between charterers and owners can take place under commercial arrangements like the Inter-Club NYPE agreement. The limitation period for each claim depends on a variety of factors including the applicable law, the rules of contractual incorporation, the statutory limitation provisions and the powers of courts to extend the time and the compulsorily applicable legal regimes. In this talk the rules applicable to time bars applicable to cargo claims and their settlement will be discussed as well as the discretion or courts to extend the time when arbitration has been selected for dispute resolution.

The speaker would be Michael (Mikis) Tsimplis, a Professor of Oceanography and Maritime Law jointly appointed by the Southampton Law School and the National Oceanography Centre. He is the current Director of the Institute of Maritime Law, a member of the Steering Group of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

About The Speaker
Professor Michael Tsimplis, BSc PhD LLM
Professor in Oceanography and Maritime Law

Michael (Mikis) Tsimplis is a Professor of Oceanography and Maritime Law jointly appointed by the Southampton Law School and the National Oceanography Centre. He is the current Director of the Institute of Maritime Law, a member of the Steering Group of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, a member of the steering group of MedClivar and a member of the External Expert Commission of IMEDEA (Spain). Mikis has studied Physics and Oceanography before turning to law. He is currently participating in an EU funded project looking at the liability for carbon storage under the seabed and a scientific project examining marine extremes under climate changes scenarios funded by Lloyd’s Educational Fund. His main interests are admiralty law, carriage of goods by sea, international law of the sea, sea level rise, climate change and oceanic circulation.

His recent publications encompass articles on a range of maritime subjects including ‘Recycling of EU ships: From prohibition to regulation?’, ‘The Law and jurisdiction for English limitation of liability proceedings’, and Shipowners’ Limitation of Liability (a book co-authored with Barnabas Reynolds and published by Kluwer International). Mikis has also contributed four chapters to Maritime Law (3rd edn, Informa Law), two chapters to The Law of Yachts and Yachting (Informa Law) and three chapters to The Rotterdam Rules: A Practical Annotation (Informa Law). Mikis has also published in excess of 100 papers in Law and Oceanography and presented at several international conferences as an invited speaker.

About the Organizer

The Institute of Maritime Law was founded in 1982 to give focus to an existing interest in maritime and international trade law as these subjects had been an important feature of law at Southampton for some ten years.

The Institute is now composed of 14 Members and has established an international reputation. Close connections are maintained with leading maritime lawyers, academics, maritime law associations and international organisation based all over the world, including IMO, BMLA, IOPC, UNCITRAL, CMI as well as maritime law research centres at Oslo, Tulane, Rotterdam, and Hamburg.

The Institute runs a large variety of courses and seminars, undertakes consultancy on all aspects of maritime and shipping law and has been commissioned by a large variety of bodies, associations, corporations and law firms to advise on UK, foreign, public international and convention law.

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Mr. Lars Kastrup


Mr. Lars Kastrup is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd (PIL).

Prior to joining PIL, Mr. Kastrup was CEO of NOL/APL, and subsequently assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Strategy and M&A at CMA CGM Group. A veteran in the global shipping industry with over 30 years of experience, Mr Kastrup’s other roles include Executive Vice President of Assets at CMA CGM Group heading up CMA Terminals, CMA Ships, Container Logistics as well as regional carriers such as MacAndrews, OPDR and Mercosul; as well as Vice President at AP Moller-Maersk.
Mr. Kastrup complemented his tertiary education with leadership and management training at Penn State University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Angeline Teo


Ms. Angeline Teo is the Managing Director and Head of Global Transportation and Offshore, Global Corporate Banking at OCBC Bank which focuses on the maritime, aviation, land & port ecosystems.
Ms. Teo has spent over three decades in maritime finance. Prior to OCBC, Ms. Teo was working at ING Bank, ABN Amro and DnB in Singapore focusing on maritime and offshore.
Ms. Teo graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Business Administration.

Mr. John Martin


Mr. John Martin began his career in London in 1989 with Richards Hogg Lindley Average Adjusters, and qualified as a Fellow of the UK Association of Average Adjusters in 2000.
At RHL he worked in their offices in Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 2003 he joined Gard Hong Kong, as a claims handler. Mr. Martin also worked in Gard Japan, and in 2014 he moved to Singapore to set up the Gard Singapore office.
Besides running Gard Singapore, Mr. Martin also heads the P&I and H&M claims units and is the Senior Claims Representative for Gard in Asia.

Mr. Cyril Ducau


Mr. Cyril Ducau is the Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd, a leading shipping company headquartered in Singapore for the past 30 years.

He is also currently the Chairman of Kenon Holdings Ltd and a member of the board of directors of Gard P&I (Bermuda) Ltd. and of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation Limited, which was established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. He was previously Head of Business Development of Quantum Pacific Advisory Limited in London from 2008 to 2012 and acted as Director and Chairman of Pacific Drilling SA between 2011 and 2018.
Prior to joining Quantum Pacific Advisory Limited, Mr. Ducau was Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. International Ltd. in London between 2000 and 2008.
Mr. Ducau graduated from ESCP Europe Business School (Paris, Oxford, Berlin) and holds a Master of Science in business administration and a Diplom Kaufmann.