On 9 November 2016, a seminar with the topic of “Vessel arrest in South Africa and Security for Maritime Claims”, sponsored by Shanghai Institute of Navigation and Wintell & Co, was successfully held in Shanghai Parkview Hotel. Our senior partner, Professor James Hu who is also the director of the maritime committee of Shanghai Institute of Navigation, presided at the seminar. The deputy secretary-general of Shanghai Institute of Navigation, Ms Zhu Liqin attended the seminar. Mr. Jeremy Prain and Andrew Pike from BOWMANS were invited as the speakers to this seminar. In addition, more than forty people from shipping companies, insurance companies, P&I clubs, logistics companies and law firms participated in this seminar.
During the seminar, the speakers provided basic introduction on the popular issues such as the requirements for ship arrest in South Africa, the standard to define associated ship, the scope of maritime claims, the forms of security, and the costs. Combining their rich experience in legal practice and grounding on the perspective of the laws and regulations in South Africa, the speakers also gave corresponding answer to the question of how shipowners protect their own interests by applying for security for maritime claims under charter parties. Participants and speakers then continued to discuss some practical problems regarding ship arrest in South Africa in which they were interested. After that, all participants of the seminar joined the party for further communication with each other. The seminar enhanced the understanding of the attendants on the vessel arrest in South Africa and security for maritime claims.