The Rotterdam Rules: More Than Just a Liability Convention

Organizer Name
Maritime Law Association of Singapore (MLAS)
4:30 pm
Maxwell Chambers, Singapore
Public event, registration required
MLAS Members: S$50.00
Supporting Organizations: S$70.00
Non-Members: S$100.00
Corina Song
+65 6890 7570

Most maritime lawyers evaluate the Rotterdam Rules by reference to the Hague, Hague-Visby, or Hamburg Rules. Making such comparisons, however, focuses too much attention on the liability aspects of the new convention and overlooks more important aspects that are only tangentially related to a carrier’s liability for lost or damaged goods. After a brief introduction – which will include a summary of recent developments on the ratification front, the speaker, Professor Michael Sturley, will explain why the non-liability provisions of the new convention are not only central to the Rotterdam Rules but will ultimately have a greater impact on the 21st century shipping industry than the more familiar liability provisions.

Capt. Frederick James Francis

Frederick Francis first went out to sea four decades ago. He took command at the age of 29 with Neptune Orient Lines before joining the Singapore Maritime Academy. Under a scholarship, he read law at Cardiff University, earning a distinction in his dissertation and was admitted to the Degree of Master of Laws. He has presented numerous papers on maritime law and written widely, including contributions to Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore. Capt. Francis serves on the committees of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore, the Singapore Maritime Arbitration Association and the Missions to Seafarers (Singapore Branch). He is the current President of the Singapore Nautical Institute and the Founding Commodore of the Youth Skipper Flotilla. Capt. Francis has won numerous awards including the USCG (United States Coast Guard) Public Service Commendation award, the USCG Certificate of Merit, the PSA (Port of Singapore Authority) Commendable Act award.

Professor Michael F. Sturley

Michael Sturley is the Fannie Coplin Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School, where he teaches inter alia maritime law and commercial law courses and directs the Supreme Court Clinic. He received his undergraduate education at Yale, and has law degrees from Yale and Oxford. Professor Sturley is a member of the American Law Institute; a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (where he is active on several committees); a Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International (where he served as the Rapporteur for the CMI’s International Sub-Committee on Issues of Transport Law); the Senior Advisor on the U.S. Delegation to Working Group III (Transport Law) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); and a member of the UNCITRAL Experts’ Group on Transport Law. Professor Sturley has written extensively on maritime subjects, including The Rotterdam Rules: The U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (2010) (with Tomotaka Fujita & Gertjan van der Ziel). Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas Law School, Prof. Sturley was associated with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York.

About the Organizer

The Maritime Law Association of Singapore (MLAS) is a member organization of the Comite Maritime International (CMI), a non-governmental international organization devoted to the same object of the unification of maritime law and is the only organization in Singapore entitled to attend the International Conferences of the CMI. It aims to promote the study and advancement of maritime law and its administration in Singapore, and to promote and consider with other associations proposals for the unification of maritime law and practice of different nations.

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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.
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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.
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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.