Sean has many years’ experience of representing Korean clients (shipyards, shipowners/operators and banks) in a wide range of matters/disputes in the shipping sector. Sean has also travelled widely in South Korea and has given many presentations and talks. Examples include:
Shipyard warranty dispute
Advising Korean shipyard in relation to substantial warranty claims arising out of the construction and design of a series of offshore diving support vessels.
Loss of containers overboard
Advising Korean owner of container vessel as to potential liabilities to cargo owners following loss of a substantial number of containers overboard during storm in the Arabian Sea. This involved investigating method of loading containers at various ports and owner’s internal procedures.
Non-payment of contractual instalments
Representing Korean shipyard in a multi-million dollar dispute with high profile European shipowner as a result of cancellation of a series of container vessels in light of non-payment of contractual instalments, including successful arbitration to recover shortfall following sale of one of these vessels.
Dispute re: lifting of subjects
Advising Korean Shipowner on issues and liabilities arising out of charterparty dispute concerning lifting of subjects. This led to lengthy LMAA and London High Court proceedings in which owners were successful.
Further shipyard disputes
Advising Korean shipyard in relation to disputes with European and Middle Eastern shipowners following consistent failures to pay contractual instalments amounting to many millions of dollars. One dispute was resolved through negotiation and the taking of security over shares of owner affiliated companies in Hong Kong. The other dispute was ultimately resolved by the payment of the full contractual price for the vessels.
Collision with bunker barge
Advising Korean charterer of vessel on potential liabilities following collision with bunker barge leading to pollution in Korean port and clean-up operations resulting in a chain of LMAA arbitrations.
Advising Korean shipyard in London arbitration proceedings concerning multi-million dollar dispute under option agreements for a series of newbuild bulk carriers.
Refund guarantee dispute
Advising and representing major Korean bank in relation to refund guarantees provided to buyer of offshore vessel to be constructed at Chinese shipyard and following delays in construction. This matter led to both ICC and SIAC arbitrations.
Representing Korean shipyard in dispute with broker concerning historic commission payments relating to LNG vessels leading to London High Court proceedings.
Sean has extensive experience of advising Indian clients in the shipping/trading sphere and has also travelled extensively in India.
Disputes re: high value oil cargoes
Representing a major Indian refinery operator and charterer in disputes relating to various ROB, contamination, demurrage and other related claims in London arbitrations.
Advising a Indian owner of superyachts in relation to disputes with European shipyards and suppliers leading to London arbitration.
Long term contract of affreightment
Advising a Indian power plant operator on the drafting and negotiating of a long term contract of affreightment for supply to power plants in India.