BUNKER DISPUTE RESOLUTION WORKSHOP
Tuesday 23 May 2017 ~ Half-day (Afternoon)
How can you make sure you are paid – and if you aren’t – how you can recover payment efficiently? How do you respond when your customer raises a dispute about the quality or quantity of bunkers you have sold? How has the bunkering industry and its disputes changed with first OW Bunker and now Hanjin’s insolvencies? What must you do now to respond to these changes? How might there be more and different disputes as the 2020 global 0.50% sulphur cap is implemented? How do you anticipate these now?
This highly professional interactive workshop on bunker dispute resolution will address the causes of bunker disputes, the resolution of those disputes when they happen and the avoidance of those disputes so that they don’t happen in the first place. It will look at how changing economic and regulatory conditions may give rise to new disputes – whether about bunker quality, quantity, delivery or payment issues – and examine ways that such disputes may be resolved.
The workshop with feature studies of recent disputes, address solutions to the disputes that participants are involved in now. The workshop will look at each participants’ sales terms and conditions and sales and confirmation process. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have the opportunity to develop terms, processes and procedures anticipating present and likely future bunkering disputes. The training process will provide enough basic training to help participants make significant financial savings before any actual bunker disputes arise, including avoiding and resolving those disputes economically if and when they do arise.
J.Stephen Simms | Principal
Simms Showers LLP
J. Stephen (“Steve”) Simms is a Principal of Simms Showers LLP. He serves as Chair of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Legal Working Group and is an immediate past member of IBIA’s Board.
Simms Showers is one of the most active United States firms working in the area of vessel arrest, maritime attachment, and related maritime remedies for creditors. The Firm has to date recovered over U.S. $500 million for its clients as the result of successful vessel arrest and maritime attachment proceedings throughout the world.
Simms Showers or its principals have been involved in every major United States and international maritime bankruptcy since 1985, including Hanjin, Cho Yang, Korea Lines, OSG, Genmar, Eastwind (Probulk), and Trailer Bridge.
Mr. Simms was selected for the United States Department of Justice, Honor Law Graduates Program and served as a federal prosecutor before entering private practice. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) where he was Editor in Chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. He holds an M.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.
He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the District of Maryland (Trial Bar), District of Columbia, Northern District of Illinois, the states of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the United States Court of International Trade, and through special admission practices in other federal and state courts throughout the United States.
He is the Husband of his wife of 27 years, Denise, and Dad of daughter Alison, an Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital and of son John attending Middlebury College, and of West Highland White Terrier Barrett, who enjoys chasing squirrels with the same enthusiasm that Mr. Simms has for chasing ships.
Mr. Simms can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile at (U.S.) 410-365-6131 or office direct at (U.S.) 443-290-8704.