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Durai Shunmugam

T: +65 6226 1600 Email Durai | Vcard Office: Singapore

Awards

 Recommended Lawyer for Shipping: Foreign firms

Recommended Lawyer for Shipping: Foreign firms

Leading individual for Shipping International Litigation - International Firms - Singapore

Leading individual for Shipping International Litigation - International Firms - Singapore

Leading Individual for Shipping Litigation

Leading Individual for Shipping Litigation

Durai Shunmugam Partner

Contact details

Durai Shunmugam

Durai Shunmugam
Partner

T: +65 6226 1600 Email Durai | Vcard Office: Singapore

Durai heads our marine and international trade practice group in Singapore. His particular expertise is in energy, offshore and construction but is equally adept in shipping and related regulatory matters.
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Noted for his strong advocacy and litigation skills as well as first-hand knowledge of Asia, he is most recently listed in the Euromoney's International Trade and Shipping Expert Guide 2015 as a leading practitioner in shipping and maritime. He is also recommended for international arbitration and shipping by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2015. Durai is also rated as a "Leading Lawyer" for dispute resolution and shipping, maritime and aviation" by the 2010 and 2011 editions of AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific describes him as “efficient” and clients have commended him for being “very thorough” and “insightful and excellent”.

Durai’s practice covers issues surrounding offshore exploration, drilling, construction and production projects, shipping, casualties and incidents, shipbuilding and conversions and commodities. His practice also extends to regulatory and compliance matters in shipping including dealing with sanctions, export controls, dawn raid, corruption and anticompetitive behaviour.

Durai is called both to the UK and Singapore Bar and has appeared as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Singapore and arbitration tribunals on numerous occasions. He is a qualified arbitrator and a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

"He is phenomenal - very fast, very commercial and very focused."
Chambers Global 2015

  • Marine and international trade
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction
  • Marine casualty response
  • Restructuring and insolvency

Advising shipowners on a claim for damage to an LPG cargo and consequential delays in discharge and cargo loss claims.

Assisting a listed offshore operator in arbitration proceedings for their claims for unpaid charter hire against an Egyptian charter, in excess of US$5 million.

Advising Panalpina World Transport Ltd on a claim by PSS Consultants Pte Ltd for consultancy fee pursuant to an alleged agreement worth over US$1.4 million. PSS Consultants claim that there was an agreement by which Panalpina had agreed to pay commissions for assistance in securing a deal with Modec group of companies.

Acting on a 20 year Contract of Affreightment for shipowner clients with the operators of a power plant in India for the carriage of coal from Indonesia to India.

Helping world's 2nd largest container leasing company with their recovery efforts of leased containers, dues and demurrage in India, Vietnam, Iran, Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere.

Drafting charter clauses and dealing with contamination, short delivery and other related issues with regards to LNG and LPG cargoes. 

More: Marine and international trade

Acting for the buyers under various shipbuilding contracts with Chinese shipyards. The disputes involves rescission of the contract, claims for return of installments, claims on refund guarantees, issues on delays, design responsibilities and construction milestones.

Assisting a global shipping and logistics company on negotiating a US$1.2 billion shipbuilding contract for ten container ships from one of the world's largest shipbuilders.

Acting for offshore platform owner on a shipbuilding dispute with international yard for repair costs and defects which include numerous construction and delivery issues requiring extensive rework of the vessel. Dispute involves complex factual issues regarding paint specifications and the manner in which it was applied, fire damage incidents and late delivery.

Acting for a multi-national owner in claiming rescission of a shipbuilding contract for delays in delivery, dealing with claims on refund guarantees against a Chinese shipyard.

Advising and assisting on extension of time and additional works claims on the delays in delivery of an FPSO by a major shipbuilding client to an oil major client.

Assisting a global shipping and logistics company on a US$1.2 billion shipbuilding contract for ten container ships from one of the world's largest shipbuilders.

Negotiating and/or restructuring day work contracts and Supply Time Charters for various oil and gas owners and operators.

Acting for shipowners in a claim for contamination of cargo.

More: Shipbuilding and offshore construction

Advising an oil major and its insurers on the issues and claims arising out of the collision between the chartered vessel and a jetty and pipeline at a wharf operated by an affiliate in North Asia with oil pollution, property damage and business interruption claims in excess of US$170 million.

Representing shipowners in a collision with an Indonesian ferry with resulting in significant loss of life and property. Dealt with all aspects of the matter, including compensation to various parties involved, dealing with local authorities, Indonesian civil and criminal proceedings and extraction of vessel from local arrest.

Representing Norwegian shipowners in a collision case involving seismic survey cables and a Chinese container vessel in the Bohai Gulf in China.

Representing Singapore shipowners in a collision claim between a dumb barge and a Malaysian container vessel.

Assisting Singapore shipowners on a claim arising from a collision with a jetty in Vietnam.

Assisting hull insurers on a grounding of a product tanker on a beach off Surabaya.

Acting on various issues arising out of the Hanjin rehabilitation proceedings in Korea and elsewhere, including acting for lenders, mortgagees, shipowners, freight forwarders and cargo owners on a multitude of issues such as enforcement of securities, transhipment and delivery of cargoes, termination of charters, settlement of bunker claims, etc.

Acting on various finances granted by DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia) Ltd to various vessel owning companies operating under the Pan Ocean banner following the application by Pan Ocean for rehabilitation in the Korean courts. This involved complex issues requiring careful consideration resulting in the sale/taking back of certain vessels and remains on-going.

Assisting a European bank and related entities in recovering assets and vessels stuck in different jurisdictions when the charterers filed for insolvency protection in Indonesia and Singapore.

Advising various creditors of Swiber after Swiber collapsed and applied first for winding up and then judicial management this year.

Prior to the collapse, Swiber (with the other subsidiaries) was a world-class integrated offshore construction and support services provider for oil and gas development with 51 vessels (comprising 38 offshore vessels and 13 construction vessels).

Now that Swiber is in judicial management, the firm is advising both banks and other creditors on how best to protect their interests, including recovering abandoned assets and security and/or proceeding with various contractual arrangements but on a restructured basis in respect of the ONGC projects in India worth US$800 million.

Advising various creditors of Swissco, including lenders and joint venture partners, since Swissco started facing signs of trouble in the declining oil & gas market. Swissco is an integrated, international oil and gas service provider, and a listed company on SGX. Swissco provides drilling rigs, accommodation jackups and vessel chartering services, across Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Swissco first announced that it was unable to pay on its bond issues and then on 14 November that it would be filing for interim judicial management.

Our team anticipated the judicial management application well in advance and have been alerting and advising clients on how best to protect their interests, which include the quick seizure of assets and the arrangement of orderly sales. The debts involved are in the millions. Through the Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, the team was able to provide both English and Singapore law advice in advising their clients.

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  • Oil and gas
  • Shipping
  • Shipbuilders
  • Shipowners and operators
  • Offshore

Advising an American oil trading conglomerate on various aspects of building an oil storage terminal in Singapore and drafting its terms of operations.

Assisting a Monaco-based multi-national in New York arbitrations against an American conglomerate on various oil trading and shipping disputes.

More: Oil and gas

Assisting a global shipping and logistics company on a US$1.2 billion shipbuilding contract for ten container ships from one of the world's largest shipbuilders.

Assisting multi-national shipyard on its US$300 million contract with an oil major to build, deliver and commission an FPSO for work off Indonesia.

Advising an international trading company on a number of oil cargoes, each worth over US$100 million, which were detained in Sudan due to internal conflicts between the government of Sudan and South Sudan.

More: Shipping

Acting for a Singapore listed offshore company on disputes involving the cancellation of the purchase of three high speed craft newbuildings.

Acting for leading dry bulk shipowner SIAC arbitrations over shipbuilding contracts with a Chinese shipyard with total claims exceeding US$25 million. The dispute involved rescission of the contract, claims for return of instalments, and on refund guarantees, issues on delays, design responsibilities and construction milestones.

Acting for and advising Chinese shipyard in a SCMA arbitration on termination of shipbuilding contract for non-payment of instalments by the Buyer and dealing with the cross-claims of delay and breach of contract.

Leading negotiations on behalf of multi-national corporations for the construction of two conventionally moored drillships to be built in a Chinese shipyard.

Assisting Singapore shipowners in investigating the disappearance of their barge in Indonesia when it broke loose from its mooring during bad weather.

Representing shipowners in a collision with an Indonesian ferry with resulting in significant loss of life and property. Dealt with all aspects of the matter, including compensation to various parties involved, dealing with local authorities, Indonesian civil and criminal proceedings and extraction of vessel from local arrest.

Representing Norwegian shipowners in a collision case involving seismic survey cables and a Chinese container vessel.

More: Shipowners and operators

Advising Opus Offshore Ltd on the acquisition of the 'Songa Mercur' and 'Songa Venus', two semi-submersible drilling units totalling over US$200 million, and their existing commitments from Songa Offshore SE (Marine Money Offshore M&A deal of the year 2015). It was on Euromoney "Offshore Deal of the Year in 2014.

Assisting Posh Semco Pte Ltd in arbitration proceedings for their claims for unpaid charter hire against Efadco Petroleum Services in excess of US$5 million.

Advising offshore marine support services company on alleged breaches of various vessel management agreements as well as alleged tort of conspiracy.

Assisting multi-national shipyard on its US$300 million contract with an oil major to build, deliver and commission an FPSO for work off Indonesia.

Advising on various issues relating to the construction and delivery of the first of a string of semi-submersible drilling rigs in Singapore on behalf of listed Norwegian shipowning clients and on various subsequent bareboat charter issues.

More: Offshore

Awards

 Recommended Lawyer for Shipping: Foreign firms

Recommended Lawyer for Shipping: Foreign firms

Leading individual for Shipping International Litigation - International Firms - Singapore

Leading individual for Shipping International Litigation - International Firms - Singapore

Leading Individual for Shipping Litigation

Leading Individual for Shipping Litigation

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