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Harini Susarla

T: +65 6622 9649 M: +65 8598 0151 Email Harini | Vcard Office: Singapore


Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Harini Susarla Associate

Contact details

Harini Susarla

Harini Susarla

T: +65 6622 9649 M: +65 8598 0151 Email Harini | Vcard Office: Singapore

Harini is a dispute resolution lawyer focusing on shipping and international trade matters. She acts for clients across the shipping industry but primarily for P&I clubs, ship-owners, charterers and traders.
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Harini has extensive experience in dealing with disputes arising out of charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding contracts and commodities sale contracts. She has handled several complex and large scale cross-border arbitrations commenced under LMAA, ICC, SIAC and SCMA rules.

She has advised clients based in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Norway, India, Netherlands and the UAE, among others.

She has previously worked in a leading shipping law firm in India and has regularly represented clients in the High Court of Bombay.

  • Marine and international trade
  • International arbitration

Freight tax dispute

Acting for disponent owners in a dispute with agents and charterers for detention of the vessel for alleged non-payment of freight tax under the new Indian tax regime.

Vessel breakdown

Advised charterers on their position when the vessel carrying gasoil experienced a main engine failure soon after the vessel finished loading.

Cancellation of charterparty

Advised owners and successfully negotiated with charterers on the cancellation of the charterparty when the vessel missed her laycan and failed to arrive at the load port.

Bunker claims

Acted for ship owners in a case where the vessel was bareboat chartered and the bunker suppliers arrested the vessel for unpaid invoices.

Hanjin restructuring

Representing the mortgagees in the Hanjin restructuring deal and negotiating settlements with third party claimants that provided supplies to various Hanjin operated vessels.

More: Marine and international trade

Non-payment of contractual hire

Representing offshore rig owner in LMAA proceedings against charterers for non-payment of charter hire and repossession of the vessel.

Charterparty dispute

Acting for ship owners in LMAA proceedings against charterers for their failure to nominate a load port.

Shipbuilding dispute

Representing a Chinese shipyard in SCMA arbitration proceedings concerning a multi-million dollar dispute regarding the termination of the shipbuilding contract as a result of non-payment of contractual instalments.

Carriage of dangerous goods

Representing ship owners in their various disputes against charterers arising under the charterparty including master’s decision to suspend loading operations on the suspicion of cargo being dangerous for carriage.

More: International arbitration
  • Shipping
  • International trade

Cargo contamination

Representing owners in a dispute against charterers for alleged contamination of cargo on board the vessel.

Vessel’s loading capacity

Representing disponent owners against charterers in disputes relating to vessel’s capacity to load and alleged misrepresentation.

Charterparty dispute

Advising ship owners in a matter where the vessel has missed her laycan and failed to arrive at the load port.

Vessel grounding

Acting for ship owners in a claim brought by owners of another vessel in disputes where the opponents' vessel was allegedly "put by" due to the grounding of our clients' vessel.

More: Shipping

Quality and quantity claims

Advising a large cement trading house in respect of a dispute over the quality and quantity of cement that was delivered at the discharge port.

Sale contract dispute

Acting for sellers in a SIAC arbitration in respect of disputes arising out of a FOB contract for sale of gasoil.

Coal supply agreements

Advised an Indian coal trader in negotiations with its suppliers and drafted coal supply agreements.

More: International trade

  • India

Harini has experience of advising Indian clients on a wide variety of shipping and trade related matters and regularly represented clients in the High Court of Bombay.

Enforcement of arbitration award

Represented one of the largest global energy trading enterprises to enforce a US $78 million award against a major coal trader in India.

Dredging disputes

Represented one of the largest Indian ship owners in a series of dredging disputes following charterers' wrongful withdrawal from long-term charterparties and early re-delivery of the specialised trailer suction hopper dredgers.

Refund of bank guarantees

Represented the largest shipping company in India in the High Court of Bombay and successfully defended an interim application seeking an injunction against the encashment of bank guarantees.

Vacating ship arrest order

Represented ship owner in Bombay High Court and vacating an arrest order when a cargo receiver arrested a vessel allegedly for cargo degradation caused by late arrival of the vessel.

Ship arrest

Acted for charterers in arresting a vessel when the owners refused to load cargo at an Iranian port despite the charterparty expressly providing that the vessel would be able to call in Iran. 

More: India


Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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