Maritime Law @ Antwerp Maritime Academy

Maritime law

The Antwerp Maritime Academy is proud to present its unique programme on Maritime Law from 4 May to 20 May 2021.

The Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, so most lectures will be held at the Academy. Due to last year’s success, however, the Academy will continue to offer participation online via the Academy’s electronic platform. This year, attendance is still free for all those with an interest in the subject matter.

A wide variety of selected topics is addressed. They cover a large and diverse area of maritime law, both from a legal and a practical point of view, covering both Law of the Sea and Admiralty Law (in European continental parlance, both private law and public law aspects). Week 2 (as of 9 May) is dedicated to Law of the Sea (supervised and presided by Prof. Em. Eduard Somers), Week 1 (3 days as of 4 May) and Week 3 (as of 16 May) are reserved for Admiralty Law (supervised by Prof. Ralph De Wit). Topics include (inter alia) aspects of the new Belgian Shipping Code, carriage of goods by sea, chartering, limitation of liability for shipowners, ship finance, insurance aspects, arrest and judicial sale of vessels, joint surveys in maritime disputes, ISPS, disciplinary actions, safety issues…

The Antwerp Maritime Academy is a bilingual institution for Dutch-speaking and French-speaking students. For practical reasons, the present courses are all in English. With a few exceptions, practically all speakers are native Dutch speakers, and hence any questions by outside participants can also be answered in that language.

Registration is very simple: > register here, mentioning the lecture(s) you wish to attend.

Programme

Register here, mentioning the lecture(s) you wish to attend.

 

Wednesday 4 May

 

10:00-13:00

Limitation of Liability for Shipowners: overall review of the LLMC Convention and LLMC application examples in Belgium

Prof. Dr. Frank Stevens

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Mr. Luc Keyzer

Senior Partner, Roosendaal Keyzer Law Offices

 

14:30-16:00

Deck Cargo in the New Belgian Shipping Code

Prof. Dr. Ralph De Wit

Goemans De Scheemaecker & De Wit Law Offices, Antwerp Maritime Academy, University of Brussels (VUB)

 

Thursday 5 May

 

9:00-12:00

Multimodal Carriage of Goods

Prof. Dr. Ralph De Wit

Goemans De Scheemaecker & De Wit Law Offices, Antwerp Maritime Academy, University of Brussels (VUB)

 

16:00-18:00

Joint Surveys in Maritime Disputes and the Nautical Commission

Capt. Jeroen Weyn

Nautical Commission Antwerp

 

Friday 6 May

 

10:00-12:00

Arrest of Ships

Mr. André Kegels

Senior Partner, Kegels & Co Law Offices

 

14:00-16:00

Judicial Sale of Ships

Mr. Benoît Goemans

Senior Partner, Goemans De Scheemaecker & De Wit Law Offices

 

 

Monday 9 May

 

10:30-11:30

Setting the scene: recap of the Law of the Sea

Em. Prof. Dr. Eddy Somers

University of Ghent (ret.), President Royal Belgian Marine Society

 

14:00-15:00

Influencing and harmonising role of EU Maritime Transport Law

University of Ghent (ret.), President Royal Belgian Marine Society

 

15:30-16:45

Maritime Accident Investigation

Capt. Hans De Veene, M.Sc.

Federal Bureau for the Investigation of Marine Accidents, Marine Accident Investigator

 

Tuesday 10 May

 

10:30-11:30

Security-related incidents – Piracy

FKP (R) Walter Verstrepen

Elegis Law Offices (Brussels), Solicitor England and Wales

 

11:45-12:30

Access for Ships into foreign State territory – Safety first? Security first?

 

14:00-15:00

Security-related incidents – Unlawful acts at sea in areas beyond coastal state jurisdiction: outsourcing prosecution for alleged pirates?

 

15:30-17:00

The role of the Belgian Navy with respect to incidents at sea

Corvette Capt. Ilja Van Hespen

Belgian Navy

 

Wednesday 11 May

10:00-11:30

Aspects of criminal law regarding master and crew

 

13:00-14:00

Security in Port: ISPS

Capt. Dirk Vernaeve

Former Port Commander, Port of Ghent

 

15:00-16:30

Jurisdiction of the Port Commander in Belgian Ports

Capt. Mario Calbert

Port Commander, Port of Ostend

 

Thursday 12 May

 

10:00-17:00

Marine insurance aspects of incidents at sea

Mr. Franck Dollfus

Lawyer/Legal Counsel – Asterias Avocats, Lecturer Assurances Maritimes, Université Le Havre Normandie

 

Friday 13 May

 

10:00-11:30

Disciplinary law regarding master and crew

Mr. Paul De Baets

Honorary President Court of Appeal Antwerp, President of the Belgian Maritime Disciplinary Board

 

12:00-13:00

Civil law in case of incidents at sea – Compensation and liability for marine pollution

 

13:30-15:30

Safety-related incidents – Contingency planning

Safety-related incidents – Pollution combating operations

Pollution Offences

Mr. Ronny Schallier

Counter Pollution Officer MUMM (OD Nature-RBINS), Team leader of Belgian North Sea aerial survey programme, BELSPO representative (scientific advisor) in Belgian Coastguard structure and Bonn Agreement

 

Monday 16 May:

 

9:00-11:00

The New Belgian Shipping Code

Mr. Philippe Van Dijck

Attorney, Ambos Advocaten

 

11:00-13:00

Some Recent Changes to the Belgian Shipping Code

Prof. Dr. Ralph De Wit

Goemans De Scheemaecker & De Wit Law Offices, Antwerp Maritime Academy, University of Brussels (VUB)

 

16:00-18:00

Container Demurrage and Insurance Cover

Mr. Justice Frank Vennekens

Judge in the Company Court (Ondernemingsrechtbank) Antwerp

Mr. Jef Gorrebeeck

Fellow and Academic Assistant, Law Faculty University of Brussels (VUB)

 

Tuesday 17 May

 

9:00-12:00

Multimodal Carriage of Goods

Prof. Dr. Ralph De Wit

Goemans De Scheemaecker & De Wit Law Offices, Antwerp Maritime Academy, University of Brussels (VUB)

(Continued from 5 May, late start because of traffic problems and only one student present)

 

14:00-17:00

General Average: The York Antwerp Rules

Mr. Jean-Pierre Vanhooff, Senior Partner, Adjuster and Director TCCN

 

 

Wednesday 18 May

 

9:00-10:30

To be announced

 

10:30-12:00

Ship Finance: Selected Topics

Mrs. Birgitta Van Itterbeek

Attorney, GDS Advocaten

 

14:00-16:00

Marine Insurance: Cargo

Mr. Jef Gorrebeeck

Vanbreda Risk & Benefits, Fellow Law Faculty University of Brussels (VUB)

 

16:00-18:00

Chartering Practice

Mr. Peter Laurijssen

Chief Legal Officer CMB, Member Documentary Committee BIMCO, Editor in Chief European Transport Law (ETL), Fellow Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

 

 

Thursday 19 May

 

9:00-11:00

The Merchant Clause in Maritime Transport Documents

Prof. Dr. Ralph De Wit

 

11:00-13:00

Ship Finance: Selected Topics

Mr. Carlo Corcione

Managing Director, D’Amato Shipping

 

14:00-15:00

Uniform Interpretation and Application of Commercial Law

Prof. Marc L. Hendrikse

University of Amsterdam

 

15:00-17:00

The Nautical Fault, Fire, and Peril of the Sea Exceptions in the HVR; Assistance and Salvage. Some Practical Considerations

Dr. Nicholas Margetson

Senior Partner, MMRL Law Offices, Rotterdam

 

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