The 'A' rated, 65 million GT North of England P&I Club alerted
the Far East this week to the possibility of more sale and purchase
disputes. The warnings were given at two seminars in Hong Kong and Singapore
attended by around 250 representatives of Far East shipowners.
The events on October 17 at the Island Shangri La Hotel in Hong Kong
and on October 19 at the Raffles City International Convention Centre
in Singapore were organised in association with the Hong Kong and Singapore shipowners' associations respectively. Around 90 delegates attended the Hong Kong seminar
and 160 attended in Singapore.
They are part of a series of seminars which North of England is presenting
around the world in conjunction with sale and purchase experts from
international shipping law firms Ince & Co and Mills & Co. Presenters
included associate director Katherine Birchall and FD&D solicitors Graham
Pilkington and Chris Metcalf from North of England together with shipping
lawyers David Beaves and Elliot Woodruff of Ince & Co, and Guy Mills of
Mills & Co in Newcastle.
Delegates were told that as a result of recent fluctuations in freight rates
in both the dry cargo and tanker markets, second-hand tonnage prices were
likely to become increasingly volatile, which in turn will increase the
potential for disputes under sale and purchase contracts.