Advanced Oil Industry Laytime and Demurrage

26th - 27th October

Venue: The Chesterfield Hotel

Price: £1200 / US $1500 per Delegate

10% Discount for 3 or more delegates

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Asdem is pleased to present this two-day workshop in conjunction with Phil Stalley, Director of HubSE Ltd. Asdem has conducted extremely successful workshop sessions at Asdem's Tanker Demurrage Conferences. They have always received the highest approval rating from delegates and the only complaint has been that there is never enough time to debate all the points raised by his thought-provoking case studies. At our advanced level courses, we build on this approach and focus on interactive training. Attending Asdem’s Advanced Laytime and Demurrage Training is therefore not a spectator sport. Delegates do not learn much just by sitting in a classroom listening to lecturers, memorising pre-packaged examples, and working out answers. ‘Active Learning’ encourages delegates to talk about what they are learning and relate it to the real-world issues they experience in their daily working lives.

We invite delegates to bring case studies, problems or demurrage dilemmas to our training sessions and encourage you to engage with the issues, analyse, participate and collaborate with each other to develop the skills to handle the most complex problems.



Andrew Wilding, Managing Director of Asdem and Phil Stalley, Director of HubSE Ltd, have combined their many years' experience of handling claims and resolving complex and high value disputes to examine a number of interesting issues that have been highlighted by recent court decisions and issues and dilemmas faced by the industry. The workshop will include several case studies and a mock arbitration. It will also involve full participation by the delegates who can bring with them any current problems they would like to discuss. The programme is specifically designed for demurrage analysts, claims handlers and lawyers who already have a reasonable level of experience and may possibly have previously attended Asdem 's laytime and demurrage training seminars and conferences.

The two days allows enough time to cover a range of contentious demurrage claims and should provide delegates with a greater awareness of many aspects of this important subject. In demurrage negotiations, the person with the greatest knowledge and experience will inevitably be best placed to find opportunities for saving money. We have arranged an informal drinks reception at the end of the first day which will provide a further opportunity for establishing useful business contacts among the delegates. The workshop will be limited to a maximum of twenty-one delegates.



09:30 The importance of a valid Notice of Readiness
10:45 Tea/Coffee
11:00 The commencement of laytime. When laytime may run outside the port. Early loading. Two case studies.
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Demurrage in sales contracts - general principles and the incorporation of charter party terms, conditions precedent. Case studies on early and late arrivals of vessels.
15:30 Tea/Coffee
15:45 Comparative study of the commonly used tanker charter parties (including BPVOY5, Shellvoy6 and ExxonMobil Voy2012) - the NOR, the commencement of laytime, exceptions to laytime, pumping clauses. The problems with Asbatankvoy.
16:15 Time bars - conclusions from recent court cases
17:30 Cocktails
09:30 Exceptions to laytime and demurrage. General principles, owners ' fault, causation, owners ' use of vessel in charterers ' time. Two case studies.
10:15 Tea/Coffee
11:00 Pro rating laytime and demurrage for part cargoes in oil sales contracts. Case study.
12:30 Lunch
14:00 When to claim damages for detention rather than demurrage. Why does it make a difference? Case study.
15:30 Tea/Coffee
15:45 Mock arbitration on a demurrage dispute involving the validity of a Notice of Readiness and a claim for a detention.
17:00 End of Day 2



Phil Stalley, Director HubSE Ltd. Consultant to the oil and shipping industry. Until 2008 he was the manager of BPOI 's Demurrage Team in London handling the negotiation and settlement of oil trading and charter party demurrage claims in support of BP's European trading activities. His responsibilities included freight, deviation and ancillary expenses incurred under charter parties. Phil spent 37 years with BP in a variety of posts covering operational and commercial aspects of the tanker business.

Phil was a major contributor to the drafting of BPVOY4 and the laytime and demurrage provisions of BP 's trading terms. He is a regular speaker at training seminars and industry conferences.

Andrew Wilding LLB Hons is a maritime lawyer qualified to practice law professionally in England and Hong Kong with over 28 years specialist experience in drafting, negotiating advising on and resolving matters for the oil industry. Andrew also advises on marine, and transportation contracts for ship owners, ship managers, charterers, commodity traders and their insurers. Andrew received an honours degree in law from the London School of Economics (2006). After completing academic studies Andrew trained professionally in the design construction and operation of oil tankers and commercial shipping at the University of London and obtained significant practical experience from time spent at sea.

Andrew then trained and qualified as a maritime specialist in the City of London with a premier maritime law firm Sinclair Roche and Temperley (SRT). Upon qualification Andrew moved to Hong Kong and was an Associate in the Hong Kong office of SRT prior to joining the Singapore office of Stephenson Harwood (following their merger with SRT) where he was made a Partner, and was responsible for establishing and running a successful shipping litigation department at Stephenson Harwood's office in Singapore a department which continues to thrive to this day. Whilst in practice Andrew appeared before the English House of Lords, The Privy Council and The Court of Appeal as well as arbitration tribunals throughout the world including Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Paris, London and New York.

Andrew left Stephenson Harwood in 2008 to join Roger Sepkes at Asdem and set up Asdem's Singapore office where he now works as its Managing Director focusing on working as a commercial and legal specialist advisor and consultant to the oil industry. Following Roger's retirement in 2016 Andrew was appointed the Managing Director of Asdem.

Andrew is a visiting professor of English Maritime Law and has lectured for numerous academic and professional institutions in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and the United States. He is the author of numerous published articles on Maritime Law and has contributed to a number of books for the oil and gas industry.


The fee for this intensive 2-day training, which will be held at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel in London, is £1,200.00 plus VAT at 20%*.

Parties who prefer to pay in US Dollars may do so. The cost is US $1,500.

The fee includes all documentation, refreshments, and lunches. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. This fee does not, however, include accommodation.

If you require accommodation during this training the Chesterfield Mayfair is offering a special delegate rate of £234 + VAT (Single) or £254 + VAT (Double) per room per night including breakfast. If you would like to make a booking, please contact the Chesterfield on +44 20 7491 2622 and quote "ASDEM" when making your reservation. Please note that the special delegate rates quoted above are subject to room availability at the time of booking confirmation.

The Chesterfield Mayfair is located at 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5EB (+44 20 7491 2622). A location map for the Chesterfield Mayfair hotel can be viewed by clicking here.

If you require accommodation elsewhere, please contact our reservation agents, Capita Travel and Events, on +44 (0) 844 793 7044, quoting our reference "ASDLON". They can negotiate competitive rates at other hotels nearby. This is a free service to Asdem delegates.

*Under current Excise regulations only delegates from companies based in the UK are required to pay VAT on conferences and seminars held in the U.K.


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