14th Cad

The legal position of the ship’s Master when tackling the day-to-day pressures of today’s shipping industry, was the subject of this year’s Cadwallader Debate and Dinner, organised by the London Shipping Law Centre, Maritime Business Forum.

The debate, on 26th October, was chaired by The Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony and was attended by over 230 delegates from across ship owning, ship management, insurance, law, class, the judiciary and regulatory sectors.

Entitled: The Master Under Attack?  Authority and Responsibility in an age of instant access, the spirited debate and Q & A discussion dealt with the problems Masters face and suggested possible solutions.

The problems include:

  • Erosion of the Master’s Authority
  • Increase of the Master’s responsibility
  • The Master as a legal ‘hostage’
  • The powerful position of charterers
  • The global vulnerability of the Master
  • External interference
  • Bullying and harassment by authorities in the port
  • The demands of modern technology

Suggested solutions included the need to support the Master; the need to reinforce his authority – or reduce the liabilities; and the need to consider carefully, the consequences of maintaining the status quo by doing nothing.

The distinguished speakers were:

Michael G. Chalos,  K&L Gates (New York)
Michael Kelleher, West of England P & I Club
Jeffrey G Lantz, US Coast Guard
Faz Peermohamed, Ince & Co
Capt. Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of Inter-Manager, who moderated the discussions

This event was held at The Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Street, London, EC2

A transcript of the event is available as a .pdf download from here.





Sponsors of the Canape Reception

Organisations whose representatives attended:

  • 7 King’s Bench Walk
  • A Bilbrough & Co Ltd
  • “AKT Law (Turkey)
  • A R P Shipping Law & Finance”
  • All About Shipping.Co.Uk
  • Arbitrators
  • Arcelor Mittal
  • Ares Takners
  • Ascot Syndicate
  • Avin International S A (Greece)
  • Bank Julius Baer Luxembourg S.A.
  • Bentleys Stokes & Lowless
  • Besso
  • Brick Court Chambers
  • Brookes Bell
  • Bureau Veritas
  • C E S M A (The Netherlands)
  • C F Spencer & Co Ltd
  • C M R
  • C W A International
  • Cal Mac Ferries Ltd
  • Campbell Johnston Clark
  • Carisbrooke Shipping
  • Chandris Insurance Services (UK) Ltd
  • Cheeswrights
  • Clyde & Co
  • Consultants
  • Cwaves Ltd
  • Dao Shipping
  • Eaton & Van Winkle LLP (New York)
  • Elaborate Communications
  • Epic Gas
  • Essex Court Chambers
  • Fathom Maritime Intelligence
  • Ferrero Trading Lux S. A. (Luxembourg)
  • Franco Abogados Asociados ( Colombia)
  • Gas Log Ltd
  • Gateley LLP
  • Gazprom
  • H C M M
  • Hart Marine Solutions Consultants Ltd
  • “Holman Fenwick Willan
  • IFSMA”
  • I H S Fairplay
  • Ince & Co
  • Integrites
  • Inter Manager
  • International Chamber OF Shipping
  • International Maritime Organisation
  • Jackson Parton
  • James Fisher
  • Japan P & I
  • K & L Gates LLP
  • K Line Bulk Shipping
  • L M A A Arbitrators
  • Lebuhn & Puchta ( Germany)
  • Lloyd’s List
  • Lloyd’s Register
  • Lomar Shipping Limited
  • LONDON Club
  • London Ship Managers
  • M F B
  • M O L
  • Marek Czernis & Co Law Office
  • Marine Accident Investigation Branch
  • Marine Capital Advisors Ltd
  • Maritime Mediation & Arbitration Ltd.
  • Miller Insurance
  • Mills & Co
  • Moore Stephens LLP
  • Morgan & Morgan (Panama)
  • N – G- P & Co.  Ltd
  • N E P I A
  • Nautical Institute
  • Nautilus International
  • Navig8 Bulk Europe Ltd
  • Norton Rose
  • Oxford University Royal Naval Unit
  • Patton, Moreno & Asvat
  • Quadrant Chambers
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Seden Clarke Ltd
  • Shell Int. Trading & Shipp. Co Ltd
  • Shipowners Claims Bureau
  • Solis Marine Consultants
  • Sonatrach Petroleum Corporation
  • Southern Shipping & Finance Co. Ltd.
  • Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP
  • St Philips Stone Chambers
  • Steamship Ins. Man. Services Ltd.
  • Stephenson Harwood
  • Swinnerton Moore
  • T M C Marine
  • T M G
  • Tatham Macinnes
  • Teekay Shipping
  • The David Mac Brayne Group
  • The Honorary Company of Master Mariners
  • The Royal Courts of Justice
  • The Supreme Court
  • Thomas Miller (UK P&I Club)
  • Thomas Miller P & I (Europe) Ltd
  • Time and Tide Shipping (Ltd)
  • Transas
  • Tri – Marine S A (Greece)
  • Trinity House
  • Tsakos Shipping (London) Ltd
  • Tsavliris Salvage Group (Greece)
  • U C L
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Southampton
  • W E Cox & Co.
  • West of England Insurance Services
  • Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
  • Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd