The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) has said it will hold the 16th edition of the International Maritime Seminar for Judges in Abuja from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th July, 2022.
Speaking at a media parley in Lagos on Tuesday, Executive Secretary of the NSC, Mr Emmanuel Jime, said the maritime seminar for Judges is one of the programmes through which the Council have been educating industry stakeholders on contemporary issues in the industry to ensure that the business of shipping is conducted in accordance with global best practice.
He stated that the seminar among other objectives is aimed at creating a platform through which Judges of various courts, both in Nigeria and West African sub-region are enriched with the requisite jurisprudence to enable them face the challenges of interpretation and application of both domestic and international maritime law principles in the settlement of shipping and maritime related disputes/claims.
“Globally, shipping and international trade is guided by international conventions, laws and regulations. The Nigerian maritime space is no exception, which is why the Nigerian Shippers’ Council in collaboration with National Judicial Institute conceptualised the first edition of the Maritime Seminar for Judges in 1995.
The seminar which later culminated to International Maritime Seminar is aimed at bringing together stakeholders, ship owners, terminal operators, government agencies, marine underwriters/surveyors, the academia, international maritime organisations, transport and logistics experts to discuss issues concerning the sector and proffer solutions where necessary,” he said.
Jime added that the seminar will focus on addressing the application of torts and bailment in Bill of Lading contracts, current issues in Port Operations (Standard Operating Procedure in ports and arising legal issues as well as Nigeria Customs E-Vin Valuation Method. Others are “Current issues in maritime adjudication and practice (The Challenges of simple Contracts in the adjudication of maritime claims in Nigeria; ‘Sui Generis’ in Admiralty and the Jurisdiction over Crew wages in Nigeria; and Cargo Clearance & the Limits of Admiralty Jurisdiction) “Security of the Maritime Domain (Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea): Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act. “Case Management in the Resolution of Maritime disputes: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and the Use of Technology and Stress Management.” The NSC boss assured that the Council is not resting on its oars to deliver on her mandate and ensure that Nigerian Ports are competitive when compared with neighbouring ports in the West African Sub-Region. “This could only be achieved and sustained through effective collaboration with critical stakeholders in the industry” he said.
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