It has been three weeks since the end of Singapore's second Maritime Week. I am thus heartened to see an audience from a broad and international background gathered once again here in Singapore for this inaugural Asian Maritime Law Conference. May I extend a warm welcome to our friends who have travelled here. The surge in the shipping business in Asia over the last few years has driven up demand for maritime legal services. This growth momentum can be expected to be sustained by the still buoyant economic expansion within the region. Hence, more and more of the associated legal work will be performed in Asia itself.
Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC)
Hong Kong Maritime Law Association - 香港海商法協會
The COVID pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges, with global, severe and long-lasting effects. And yet, the past months have shown us just how connected we are. The maritime sector is at the heart of connecting global supply chains around the world and has shown surprising resilience in continuing to deliver vital goods and supplies. The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry — and this is provided by the regulatory framework developed and maintained by IMO. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.
Priority Themes of Conferences
Intermediaries play an important role in many aspects of commercial law. Yet there has been little focused attention upon intermediaries as a crucial category of actors. The aim of this conference is to consider current issues concerning intermediaries from a number of different angles, adopting a range of methodological approaches. The conference will consider the rights and liabilities of intermediaries, and how intermediaries can affect the legal position of others. This conference is intended to be the first in a biennial series of conferences on different aspects of commercial law.
Shipping disputes date back many centuries. The means of enforcing admiralty claims and recovering maritime debts began to take the forms as we now know them, over the last years. The Arrest Convention of remains the primary source of the admiralty jurisdiction asserted by many countries. Despite the advancement of technology and the cyclical rise and fall in the profitability of the shipping trade, effective resolution of maritime claims remains a constant concern.