IN THIS ISSUE
2. HFW’s Pandi Week
3. Anatomy of the True Anorak
4. The London P&I Club is 150
5. Parlance of Pilots
6. People and Places
The Maritime Advocate–A Growing Concern
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Derek Luxford of Sydney firm Hickson’s has sent in the link to his
article in Lloyds list Australia online publication about the Hanjin
Shipping saga from an Australian cargo and marine insurance perspective.
Below is the link to the Hicksons twitter post & also to the post
on the Hicksons website.
It is hard to believe this line has gone under. Our friends over at
VesselValue.com sent over the following background:-
With Hanjin Shipping on the verge of bankruptcy, state run Korea Development
Bank stated the shipper’s debt stood at $5.5 billion at the end
of June (Source: WSJ).
However Hanjin own 63 vessels, worth today $1.7 billion dollars (live
and newbuilding contracts). See below for how this is cut for each segment:
Hanjin Shipping Fleet
Hanjin Shipping Fleet by Vessel Type/Number of Vessels/Total Size and
US$ Value in millions:-
BULKER/18/2,162,700/$ 306.5 million
CONTAINER/39/283,286/$ 1,394.4 million
SMALL DRY/1/10,400/$ 6.9 million
TANKER/5/82,800/$ 54.2 million
Grand Total: 63 ships valued at $ 1,762.0 million
Bill Lines has sent in this link to the interactive positioning map
of Hanjin vessels offered by Messrs Marine Traffic:-
2. HFW’s Pandi Week
Craig Neame writes
HFW will shortly be hosting its inaugural "P&I Week"
aimed at key stakeholders within the P&I industry, consisting of
a series of events and seminars. The first seminar, on Tuesday 27 September,
centres on a catastrophic Atlantic collision between a Kuwaiti owned
20,000TEU container ship and an Iranian tanker. The papers following
later in the week then develop the case study into a range of topical
issues relevant to P&I and FD&D claims handlers. Please click
below for further information as well as the full programme
3. Anatomy of the True Anorak
Your editor has from time to time been described as a bit of an anorak,
a person who takes an interest in the subject of, say, intermodal transport
which verges on the unreasonable and smacks of fixation. This is some
kind of slur. For an appreciation of a genuine down to the socks anorak,
a true brit obsessive omni-knowledgable sort of cove, we refer to the
reader comments to a recent piece on London buses kindly sent in by
the editors of London Reconnections, a most cerebral journal of London
and mainly train related life. The depth of knowledge of the reader
comments is breath taking.
4. The London P&I Club is 150
Chris Hewer has written in with news of one of the nicest Clubs in
THE London P&I Club is celebrating its 150th anniversary during
2016/17, and has published a history of the club to mark the occasion.
Nigel Watson, author of 150 years of The London P&I Club, says,
“When the London Club was founded in 1866, shipping was dominated
by the British mercantile marine, and the general cargo steamer was
developing as the major conduit for world trade. As the club reaches
150, the world’s shipping fleet is much more disparately owned
and huge container vessels ship goods across the seas. One constant
has been the prime importance of shipping to world trade and the way
we live our lives in the modern world.”
As well as illustrating the momentous shifts in shipping since 1866,
the story of the London Club also highlights the crucial role played
by mutual insurance clubs in sustaining the role of international shipping.
Most stylishly, the Club has made access to the publication via the
web to all those who want to read the story. Your editor has always
had a weakness for this kind of institutional history for the tendency
to produce surprising insight and forgotten appreciation of past practices.
Well done London Club.
Read the history here:-
5. Parlance of Pilots
Following recent editions covering languages and dialects like Esperanto
or SeaSpeak to name but a few, we ran across this excellent essay by
Mark Vanhoenacker who is a senior first officer with British Airways
which appeared in the Aeon zine. He writes:-
I like how different the language of the sky is from everyday English
– indeed, we might give it its own name, Aeroese (though it’s
also sometimes, and less aspirationally, called Aviation English). Above
all, I love how Aeroese can somehow manage, in its technical, obscuring
precision, to capture the high romance of flight – an aspect of
my job, no matter how much I love it, that in the cockpit we rarely
have reason to consider directly.
A prominent feature of Aeroese is its deep nautical roots. Think port
and starboard, forward and aft; deck; log; captain and first officer;
bulkhead, hold and galley; rudder and tiller; wake; knot; even waves,
as in mountain waves, an atmospheric disturbance that can produce turbulence.
And of course the word aeronautical itself.
In a profession that, for all its joys, often seems to lack deep traditions,
I like that aviation has borrowed much of its language (and its uniforms)
from the older world of the sea. This heritage is something I went out
of my way to capture in the title of my book, Skyfaring: A Journey with
a Pilot (2015). Seafaring is a word I’ve always loved – it
makes me think of icy masts, and charts held in place by oil lamps,
and of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (1851), written a mile or so
from my childhood home in western Massachusetts, which so carefully
chronicles and sanctifies the language of the sea. Skyfaring, then,
I convinced my editors; a word I thought I’d coined, until I found
it was the title of a poem by William Watson published in the late 19th
century, some years before the Wright Brothers got airborne.
The sky’s great linguistic debt to the sea is a pleasing thought
when I’m flying a 747 over the open ocean and we spy a lonely vessel
plowing across the fields of deep blue below, or when we fly into an
air-port that is near a major seaport, as those of Singapore, Vancouver,
Boston and so many others are, and see freighters and tankers and the
occasional cruise ship waiting patiently to dock as we zoom overhead
to a port of our own.
Another characteristic of Aeroese (like legalese) is its strong resemblance
to English. A jet’s great speed lets us cross over lands and their
languages almost as easily as I did when, as a teenager, I flipped through
the pages of an atlas. Imagine a plane that flies from London to Bangkok.
The pilots speak first to British air-traffic controllers but, just
a few minutes after takeoff, the British controllers hand them over
to Belgian or Dutch ones, who soon pass them to German controllers,
and then to Czech, to Hungarian, to Romanian, to Turkish, to Iranian
ones, and so on.
Read it in full here:-
6. People and Places
International law firm Hill Dickinson will be welcoming new partner
Caroline Thomas to its Hong Kong practice on 5 September 2016.
Caroline specialises in insurance, shipping and competition law with
a focus on dispute resolution and regulation. She is also experienced
in general corporate and regulatory matters including contract drafting,
joint ventures, AML, sanctions and data protection.
Caroline, who is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong
Kong, has worked in the region for the past eight years. She spent five
years at Holman Fenwick Willan and prior to this, four years at Clyde
Rachel Sexton, a partner at EY, has joined the Human Rights at Sea
charity as a Trustee.
Rachel is a Partner in the Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services
practice at EY in London. She is a forensic accountant with over 20
years’ experience specialising in working with clients across a number
of industries. She has led teams working on some of the largest financial
services regulatory investigations conducted in the UK, US, Germany
and Switzerland in recent years. She has experience working with clients
along with their legal counsel on large, complex economic sanctions,
fraud, financial misstatement, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and
anti-corruption, and asset misappropriation investigations. She has
also advised clients on how to strengthen compliance frameworks and
respond to critical incidents and investigation response. She is a regular
speaker at conferences on compliance and investigations topics. She
is a US-qualified Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud
Examiner and has completed a Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention from
the International Compliance Association.
Karin Orsel, President of the Women’s International Shipping &
Trading Association (WISTA) announced the formation of the 36th National
WISTA Association with the launch of WISTA Brazil. W
The founder and President of WISTA Brazil is Fabiana Martins who says
of her efforts to set up the group :-
"It reminded me an Arabic tale: ‘Who plant dates, do not reaps
dates.’ This is because the date palms took 80 to 100 years to produce
the first fruits. It is said that there was an old man planting dates
in the desert when a young man approached him asking, ‘But why do you
waste time planting it– this will not reap?’ He turned his head and
calmly said, ‘If everyone thought like you, nobody would reap dates.
Our actions today reflect in the future, if it is not time to harvest
it can be time to seed.’"
Unlike the date, Fabiana’s efforts began to bear fruit and the meeting
to establish WISTA Brazil was held in July with the formal documentation
bringing WISTA Brazil into the global organization approved as well.
Bylaws, a Code of Conduct, election of officers and more have been accomplished
by this new national WISTA Association, and they look forward to joining
their "WISTA Sisters" in November at the WISTA International
Annual General Meeting & Conference being held aboard Holland America’s
MS Koningsdam on November 9-13, departing out of Ft. Lauderdale, USA
and sailing through the Bahamas.
The London Shipping Law Centre (LSLC) has underlined its primary aim
of bringing together maritime industry representatives by hosting a
networking dinner and drinks reception at this year’s Cadwallader
This biennial event, organised by the LSLC, will be held on 26 October
at Drapers’ Hall and will be attended by over 250 delegates from
across ship owning, ship management, insurance, law, class and regulatory
This year’s event will discuss the topic, Master Under Attack –
Authority And Responsibility In An Age Of Instant Access.
The panel will discuss the legal position of the ship’s Master
when tackling the day-to-day pressures of today’s shipping industry
and will suggest possible solutions. Problems include erosion of the
Master’s authority; the powerful positions of charterers; bullying
and harassment by authorities in the port; and the demands of modern
Founder and Chairman of the LSLC, Dr Aleka Sheppard, will start the
debate by introducing Chairman of the Debate Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony
The Debate will then begin with the first speaker Kuba Szymanski, Secretary
General of Inter-Manager.
He will be followed by the other four speakers Michael Kelleher, Director,
West of England P&I Club; Faz Peermohamed, Partner and Global Head
of Shipping at Ince & Co; Michael Chalos, Partner at K&L Gates
(New York); and Jeff Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards
at the US Coast Guard.
For more information about the debate and how to get tickets, please
contact Gerard Matthews:-
From the Avo Archive
The website of this newsletter contains all the editorial material
since the inception of the Maritime Advocate as a print based quarterly
in 1997 under the founding aegis of John Guy, Chris Hewer and Manfred
Arnold. Readers can go to the site and search the database on the home
page in its entirety. If you are looking for an old case, an old controversy
or you would just like to see how many times you and your firm have
featured in our annals feel free to access the archive. It is like this
e-zine, free to Readers and we always appreciate the support of advertisers
In view of our milestone reported above, we searched the archive for
early news of the online publication and came up with this spikey reference
in Issue 30 of 12th November 01:-
Vicious but fair
THIS week we invited a leading member of the LMAA to write a commentary
on the recent ICMA meeting in New York. He said he was too busy but,
even if he wasn’t, he would have had the greatest difficulty in agreeing
because, "Frankly, I have had enough of the silly … vicious and
often totally unjustified sniping at London arbitration … that goes
on in the printed and now the online version of the maritime advocate."
Not the sort of grown-up response you might expect from an experienced
commercial arbitrator, perhaps, but not in the least surprising in this
Two things. First, if you want a dispute settled, always choose a busy
Second, if it is silly and vicious to point out that the LMAA bangs
on about confidentiality and then publishes belated summaries of selected
arbitration awards on its official website with the permission of a
commercial publisher who may already have published the awards three
months earlier; if it is silly and vicious to point out that the LMAA
website is out-of-date and incorrect; if it is silly and vicious to
point out that the LMAA is always pleading poverty in a most unedifying
and unnecessary way; and if it silly and vicious to point out that the
LMAA doesn’t do enough to publicise its own important news, then we
are happy to be silly and vicious.
One former LMAA president, on being invited to subscribe to the "Maritime
Advocate" when it was launched four years ago, famously replied,
"Thank you, but it’s a little light for me." Sadly, he was
right. Some of our best friends are London maritime arbitrators. But,
for an object lesson in how to take yourself too seriously, there is
no better example than certain London maritime arbitrators behaving
badly and, sadly, in character.
[Things are so much better these days–ed]
Fathers and Mothers
Antiques have become so popular, right now there are 15 million Americans
who have things that are old, funny-looking, don’t work, and are only
kept around for sentimental purposes.
Some of these are called antiques-and the rest are called husbands.
From Bored Panda comes this collection of tweets on married life which
goes to show how the 140 character limitations of twitter can help those
with a comedic sensibility.
Following are answers given by elementary school-age children to the
given questions about their mothers::
Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the Scotch Tape is.
2. Think about it. It was the best way to get more people.
3. Mostly to clean the house.
4. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic, plus super powers, and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We are related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice
in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use
string. I think.
What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty
3. They say she used to be nice.
How did your mom meet your dad?
1. Mom was working in a store and dad was shoplifting.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background.
Like is he a crook?
Does he get drunk on beer?
Does he make at least $800 a year?
Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.
What makes a real woman?
1. It means you have to be really bossy without looking bossy.
Who’s the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because Dad is such a
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.
What’s the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power because
that’s who you have to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.
What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don’t have spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What’s the difference between moms and grandmas?
1. About 30 years.
2. You can always count on grandmothers for candy. Sometimes moms don’t
even have bread on them.
Describe the world’s greatest mom?
1. She would be able to make broccoli taste like ice cream.
2. The greatest mom in the world wouldn’t make me kiss my fat aunts.
3. She’d always be smiling and keep her opinions to herself.
Is anything about your mom perfect?
1. Her teeth are perfect, but she bought them from the dentist.
2. Her casserole recipes. But we hate them.
3. Just her children.
What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d dye it, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get
rid of that.
2. I’d make my mom smarter — then she would know my sister did it and
Signs of Good Intentions
Cocktail lounge, Norway:
LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE ANY SUITABLE FOOD, GIVE
IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY.
Doctor’s office, Rome:
SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES.
THE MANAGER HAS PERSONALLY PASSED ALL THE WATER SERVED HERE.
Using hotel air conditioner, Japan:
COOLES AND HEATES: IF YOU WANT CONDITION OF WARM AIR IN YOUR ROOM, PLEASE
Car rental brochure, Tokyo:
WHEN PASSENGER OF FOOT HEAVE IN SIGHT, TOOTLE THE HORN. TRUMPET HIM
MELODIOUSLY AT FIRST, BUT IF HE STILL OBSTACLE YOUR PASSAGE THEN TOOTLE
HIM WITH VIGOUR.
Men’s rest room in Japan:
TO STOP LEAK TURN COCK TO THE RIGHT.
CUSTOMERS WHO FIND OUR WAITRESSES RUDE OUGHT TO SEE THE MANAGER.
On the grounds of a private school:
NO TRESPASSING WITHOUT PERMISSION.
On an Athi River highway:
TAKE NOTICE: WHEN THIS SIGN IS UNDER WATER, THIS ROAD IS IMPASSABLE.
On a poster at Kencom:
ARE YOU AN ADULT THAT CANNOT READ? IF SO, WE CAN HELP.
In a City restaurant:
OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, AND WEEKENDS TOO.
A sign on an automatic restroom hand dryer:
DO NOT ACTIVATE WITH WET HANDS.
In a Pumwani maternity ward:
NO CHILDREN ALLOWED.
In a cemetery:
PERSONS ARE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING FLOWERS FROM ANY BUT THEIR OWN GRAVES.
Sign in Japanese public bath:
FOREIGN GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO PULL COCK IN TUB.
Tokyo hotel’s rules:
GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS
Menu of Swiss restaurant:
OUR WINES LEAVE YOU NOTHING TO HOPE FOR.
SPECIAL COCKTAILS FOR THE LADIES WITH NUTS.
IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN EVEN A FOREIGNER IF DRESSED AS A MAN.
Hotel brochure, Italy:
THIS HOTEL IS RENOWNED FOR ITS PEACE AND SOLITUDE. IN FACT, CROWDS FROM
ALL OVER THE WORLD FLOCK HERE TO ENJOY ITS SOLITUDE.
Hotel lobby, Bucharest:
THE LIFT IS BEING FIXED FOR THE NEXT DAY. DURING THAT TIME WE REGRET
THAT YOU WILL BE UNBEARABLE.
Hotel elevator, Paris:
PLEASE LEAVE YOUR VALUES AT THE FRONT DESK.
Hotel, Yugoslavia: THE FLATTENING OF UNDERWEAR WITH PLEASURE IS THE
JOB OF THE CHAMBERMAID.
Hotel, Japan: YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHAMBERMAID.
In the lobby of a Moscow hotel:
YOU ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CEMETERY WHERE FAMOUS RUSSIAN COMPOSERS,
ARTISTS, AND WRITERS ARE BURIED DAILY EXCEPT THURSDAY.
Hotel catering to skiers, Austria:
NOT TO PERAMBULATE THE CORRIDORS IN THE HOURS OF REPOSE IN THE BOOTS
SALAD A FIRM’S OWN MAKE; LIMPID RED BEET SOUP WITH CHEESY DUMPLINGS
IN THE FORM OF A FINGER; ROASTED DUCK LET LOOSE; BEEF RASHERS BEATEN
IN THE COUNTRY PEOPLE’S FASHION.
Supermarket, Hong Kong:
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, WE RECOMMEND COURTEOUS, EFFICIENT SELF-SERVICE.
The Soviet Weekly:
THERE WILL BE A MOSCOW EXHIBITION OF ARTS BY 15,000 SOVIET REPUBLIC
PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS. THESE WERE EXECUTED OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.
East African newspaper:
A NEW SWIMMING POOL IS RAPIDLY TAKING SHAPE SINCE THE CONTRACTORS HAVE
HROWN IN THE BULK OF THEIR WORKERS.
Sign in Germany’s Black Forest:
IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN ON OUR CAMPING SITE THAT PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT
SEX, FOR INSTANCE, MEN AND WOMEN, LIVE TOGETHER IN ONE TENT UNLESS THEY
ARE MARRIED WITH EACH OTHER FOR THIS PURPOSE.
BECAUSE OF THE IMPROPRIETY OF ENTERTAINING GUESTS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX
IN THE BEDROOM, IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THE LOBBY BE USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.
Ad by Hong Kong dentist:
TEETH EXTRACTED BY THE LATEST METHODISTS.
Laundry in Rome:
LADIES, LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES HERE AND SPEND THE AFTERNOON HAVING A GOOD
Tourist agency, Czechoslovakia:
TAKE ONE OF OUR HORSE-DRIVEN CITY TOURS. WE GUARANTEE NO MISCARRIAGES.
Ad for donkey rides, Thailand:
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE ON YOUR OWN ASS?
On box of clockwork toy made in Hong Kong:
GUARANTEED TO WORK THROUGHOUT ITS USEFUL LIFE.
In a Swiss mountain inn:
SPECIAL TODAY – NO ICE-CREAM.
Airline ticket office, Copenhagen:
WE TAKE YOUR BAGS AND SEND THEM IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
Advertisement found in a brochure at an Argentinean industrial plant
manufacturer PLANT ERECTIONS, ALL SIZES, ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY AND
[Merci Paul Dixon for supplying these jokes]
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