Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: The Practical Legal, Commercial & Security aspects


Alexandra Couvadeli, Senior Claims Director Defence, Thomas Miller Hellas presented ''Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: The Practical Legal, Commercial & Security aspects'' at 2015 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum. She addressed the legal aspects when trading in the Gulf of Guinea, with an emphasis on the threat of piracy in the region. She briefly covered the legal components of the employment of private maritime security companies in West Africa and BIMCO Guardcon, West Africa, and the main points of importance on the particular contract. In lieu of The TRITON LARK decision, she included in her presentation a short talk on the "Revised BIMCO Piracy Clause 2013". She concluded with P&I cases involving a cargo theft as well as key recommendations in relation to contract review.

The 2015 SAFETY4SEA Forum, a PRO BONO event, successfully concluded on Wednesday 7th of October 2015 in Eugenides Foundation Athens attracting 1100 delegates from 30 countries representing a total of 480 organizations.

A unique panel of 24 global experts presented latest maritime safety perspectives, best practices, security trends, loss prevention issues and human element challenges. Positive feedback on the presentations together with roundtable discussions proved the programme and speakers successfully addressed current maritime issues.

The event organized by SQE4SEA and sponsored byABS, ASPIDA, CHALOS & Co Law Firm, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Hellenic War Risks, Hellenic Lloyd's Register, MAGSAYSAY, Marshall Islands Registry, Norsafe Group, Phoenix Register of Shipping, SpecTec Group, SQEMARINE, Steamship Mutual P&I Club, Thenamaris(Ships Management) Inc., Transmar Shipping and UK P&I Club.Furthermore, the event was supported by: ALBA Graduate Business School, AMMITEC, Chios Marine Club, Green Award, ECOMASYN, E, Hellenic Shipbrokers Association, , Hellenic Navy, Hellenic Committee of Lloyd's Brokers' Association, HELMEPA, HEMEXPO, Hellenic Maritime Law Association, Hellenic Society of Maritime Lawyers, International Propeller Club, IFSMA, MARTECMA, Piraeus Marine Club, University of the Aegean, University of Piraeus, WIMA, WISTA Hellas and Yatch Club of Greece.

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