ITIC Insight podcast

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Interview with ITIC Chairman Jeff Woyda

Tom Irving, ITIC’s CEO, sits down with Jeff Woyda, the newly appointed Chairman of ITIC. Jeff is currently the CFO and COO at Clarksons, which provides advisory services to the maritime sector, including shipbroking, research, finance and green-driven services. He also boasts an impressive resume in the regulatory sector. In this episode, Jeff shares his insights on some issues and opportunities facing brokers today amid challenging market conditions, from sanctions and price caps to the dark fleet. He also talks about the importance of technology and training for ITIC members.


Game changer? Electronic bills of lading

The digitisation of bills of lading has been a hot topic for years. Since this episode was recorded, the final report of the Law Commission of England and Wales together with draft legislation, entitled “electronic trade documents” has been published. ITIC's Account Executive Aysegul Wallis joins Claims Director Mark Brattman to discuss the benefits and challenges of electronic bills of lading compared to traditional paper bills of lading. They also discuss how ITIC members, particularly ship agents, are affected by the vast number of electronic systems that are currently in play and how it is hoped a single system could benefit all members.


Claims Review 46

ITIC's Claims Director Mark Brattman and Marketing Director Emma Leworthy highlight some of the claims from the recently published Claims Review 46. This publication provides a selection of marine cases recently handled by ITIC and offers relevant guidance and instruction to help members avoid similar pitfalls. Mark and Emma are also joined by ITIC’s newest account executive Aysegul Wallis to discuss her career.


A look at the claims landscape in Spain

ITIC's Melanie Daglish takes to the microphone to speak with Hispania P&I Correspondents founders James McKinnell and Rosana Velasco. Hispania offers the full range of P&I Correspondents’ and claims handling services throughout the whole of Spain, and they discuss with Melanie the recent claims being seen in the region. James and Rosana also talk through the effects of the conflict in Ukraine, sanctions on Russia and ship agents involved in Covid-19 crisis claims. NB. Please be aware that the speakers on this podcast are speaking in both Spanish and English.


Pay attention when amending BIMCO clauses

ITIC's Commercial Director Charlotte Kirk is joined by Ester Toumpouris, a Partner at Ince & Co, for ITIC's podcast to provide some background for ship managers on amending clauses in contracts particularly with respect to arbitration and jurisdiction. Ship managers should be very careful with any amendments to these aspects of the BIMCO Shipman and Crewman agreements and Ester and Charlotte offer insight on how best to approach and manage this activity.


Why you should all be concerned about sanctions

In this special podcast, Geraldine Koon, Senior Claims Executive at ITIC, and Alexander Brandt, Counsel and lead member of the sanctions practice at Reed Smith LLP, discuss the sanctions landscape, which is even more relevant in light of the current sanctions against Russia. Ship agents and shipbrokers should not miss this highly informative podcast offering insight into the importance of having proper systems in place for checking and knowing your clients and transactions, possible consequences of sanction breaches and the potential challenges.


War, force majeure and ship management

Given the unprecedented nature of the current situation in Ukraine and the complex nature of sanctions being imposed on Russia, ITIC’s Robert Hodge and Julian Clark, Global Senior Partner at Ince, discuss the force majeure clause and its implications as well as the important role ship management companies can play in navigating these challenging issues.


Terms & conditions

ITIC's Mark Brattman, Claims Director and Legal Advisor, and Geraldine Koon, Senior Claims Executive, take to the microphone to talk about terms and conditions in contracts and the importance of them. Mark and Geraldine discuss how important it is to incorporate terms and conditions into all business dealings, offering advice on how best to do this and how to minimise any potential risk.


UK customs post-Brexit

Since Brexit, the numerous rules, regulations and procedures imposed on the import and export of goods between Europe and the UK has caused significant confusion. Casper Shipping’s Director, Nikki Sayer, and ITIC Account Executive Antonios Vrygiotis discuss how best to navigate the new requirements and provide their insight on best practices to avoid disruption or delay.


Switch bills of lading

In ITIC's second podcast of 2022 ITIC Claims Director Mark Brattman is joined by Alexander Sandiforth, a partner at Reed Smith law firm, to talk about one of the most searched terms on the ITIC website ‘switch bills of lading’. The practice of switch bills of lading is increasing, and Mark and Alexander discuss the challenges, potential problems and risks that can arise from this practice.

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