Maritime Law Series: Wet Shipping Disputes and Merchant Shipping Laws

15 Oct 2019 - Tue / 1 day / 2:30pm - 5:30pm / Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre Training Room, 3rd Floor, Wisma Badan Peguam Malaysia (Formerly known as Wisma Straits Trading) Unit 2-02A, 2nd Floor, 2 Leboh Pasar Besar 50050 Kuala Lumpur

The Maritime Law Series is back with more insightful sessions that aim to guide you in exploring the multiple facets of maritime law. In the fourth session, it will look into the Wet Shipping Disputes and Merchant Shipping Laws.

Member: RM 100
Members admitted from 1 July 2011: RM 80
Law Student: RM 40
Pupil in Chambers: RM 40
Non-Member: RM 300
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD: Legal Learning Lab
CPD Points: 2
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The Maritime Law Series is back with more insightful sessions that aim to guide you in exploring the multiple facets of maritime law. In the fourth session, it will look into the Wet Shipping Disputes and Merchant Shipping Laws.

Wet Shipping Disputes

‘Wet shipping disputes’ is shorthand generally used to describe disputes involving ship collisions and claims involving the towage and salvage of ships. These disputes are perhaps the most complex of the shipping disputes. This is because they cut across a range of private and public law issues – from the rights and responsibilities of the vessels involved in a collision, to the environmental issues arising from the resulting oil or chemical pollution, to the responsibilities of the port or harbour authorities involved. This talk will attempt to spot those issues and discuss the commercial pressures working on the various parties in wet shipping claims.

Merchant Shipping Laws

Getting to grips with the terms used in merchant shipping laws can be like learning a different language. Phrases like ‘domestic shipping licences’, a ‘bareboat charter registry’,‘re-flagging’ and ‘safety conventions’ do not exactly trip-off the tongue. This talk will touch on the more relevant laws in the Merchant Shipping Ordinances (under West Malaysia legislation and the laws of Sabah and Sarawak). It will also touch on the proposed amendments to these laws, the aim of these amendments and how these amendments fit in with Malaysia’s global shipping outlook.


Clive Navin Selvapandian is a shipping and international trade disputes lawyer. His primary area of practice since 2010 has been shipping disputes, and he holds an LLM in Maritime Law degree from the University of Southampton.

He has been involved in both “dry shipping” disputes (claims on bills of lading and charter parties, etc), as well as “wet shipping” disputes (ship collisions, pollution at sea, tonnage limitation suits, etc).

He also has some experience in disputes involving multimodal transport contracts, international sale contracts and the International Commercial Terms.

Clive is a member of the Bar Council Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee, International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law, Inter Pacific Bar Association (Dispute Resolution & Arbitration and Maritime Law Committees), and Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre (“YSIAC”). He is also an associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, and a member of the Maritime Arbitration Committee of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration Young Practitioners Group.

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