Maritime Week Americas 2014 • Panama

Managing Bunker Claims


Monday 19 May 2014 ~ Half-day Afternoon Seminar

Managing Bunker Claims is a comprehensive half-day seminar geared towards guiding bunker buyers and sellers safely through the legal pitfalls associated with marine fuels.

It focuses on the most problematic areas within bunkering:

  • contracts and the legal framework
  • the financial framework, from assessing credit risk through to payment
  • default
  • ship arrest
  • flag arrest
  • other available legal action.

The seminar will highlight the many things that can go wrong throughout the bunkering process and offers a range of solutions to avoid the problems in the first place or to find remedies once the damage is done.

Managing Bunker Claims is designed to promote discussion and debate on the key issues, with the expert presenters sharing their ideas and experiences and inviting the delegates to contribute their own.

Please note: the programme below is preliminary and may be subject to change.

MONDAY 19 MAY 2014

Introduction & Administration

Workshop Leader:
Francisco Carreira-Pitti, Carreira-Pitti Attorneys PC, Panama

13:45 The Contract
Contract and pre-contract issues: prevention is better than cure
  • Understanding the legal framework that supports bunker contracts
  • Standard supplier’s contracts
  • Agreement on changes to standard terms & conditions
  • Allocation of risk and limitation of liability
  • Chains of rights and responsibilities
  • Discovering the laws and regulations affecting bunkers and bunkering
14:30 The Payment
Assessing credit risk and collecting outstanding receivables
  • Assessing risk
  • Making the credit decision
  • Default
15:00 Networking Coffee Break
15:20 Ship arrest, flag arrest and other practical remedies
  • Jurisdictions
  • Process
  • Practicalities and pitfalls

The last resort

  • Taking legal action
    • Litigation and the Courts
    • Arbitration
    • Fight to the death
  • Being realistic
    • Mediation and conciliation
  • Compromise
16:20 Round Table Discussion – sharing best practice
16:30 End of Workshop


 meyers group



 ow bunker










 quinn oil

 bp marine


 vt maritime logistics

 distri candelaria

ct energia

For More Information

Please contact:
Elena Melis
Tel: +44 1295 814455

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