We frequently advise on all kinds of disputes under voyage and time charters and contracts of affreightment.
A variety of laytime and demurrage disputes are dealt with including the issue of whether a c/p is a berth or a port charter, disputes involving Notices of Readiness and the commencement of laytime, the meaning of exceptions and interruptions to laytime, holidays, weather, shifting, congestion, strikes, the applicability of general exceptions clauses and whether detention is claimable.
BILLS OF LADING
Advice is given to Owners, Charterers, Operators and Receivers of cargo on all aspects of Bills of Lading, including issues relating to clean and claused Bills of Lading, Letters of Indemnity, the non availability of Bills of Lading, fraudulent Bills of Lading, whether the Bills of Lading are Charterers' or Owners' Bills of Lading, whether an arbitration clause is incorporated into a Bill of Lading and how Bills of Lading affect rights to lien the cargo.
We routinely undertake London Arbitrations for Shipowners, Disponent Owners, Traders and Charterers, preparing and serving all necessary Submissions through to obtaining the Award and, if necessary, representing the Claimants/Respondents at an oral hearing. We also prepare briefs for arbitration proceedings and court proceedings in jurisdictions other than London.
TCI are correspondents for MS Amlin in Rotterdam, The Charterers' Club in London and Charterama in Rotterdam, the leading dedicated Charterers' Liability Clubs. We frequently advise and assist chartering clients on all aspects of their operations, including handling arbitrations on their behalf.
SHIP FINANCE & LOAN DOCUMENTATION
We regularly advise and assist clients in connection with the completion of Loan Agreements, Mortgages and Assignments of freights and other related documentation in connection with Shipping Finance Agreements.
SALE & PURCHASE
Once the shipbroker has brought buyer and seller together and a sale agreement has been signed, arrangements for completion of the sale need to be put in hand. Often the parties are in different time zones, making the organization of the closing meeting complicated. Documents need to be prepared in advance. TCI is frequently engaged in the preparation and vetting of documents and in organizing closings.
The purchase or sale of a ship is rarely a problem free transaction. A variety of disputes can arise between the parties ranging from the discovery of undisclosed defects resulting in the re-negotiation of the purchase price to the legal and physical readiness of the vessel. We are frequently engaged to resolve these and other types of disputes either by negotiation or litigation.
TCI's activity in this area ranges from advice on the wording and drafting of international sale contracts and letters of credit, assisting clients in negotiating settlements to disputes, right through to obtaining security and handling international arbitration or litigation to resolve matters in dispute.
TCI routinely advises Owners, Disponent Owners, Charterers, P & I Clubs and Underwriters regarding cargo shortage and damage claims, including advising on the posting of security to secure a vessel's release from arrest. We also advise and assist in the collection of evidence required to pursue or defend such claims, and on apportionment of liability under the Interclub Agreement, where applicable.
The transportation of goods does not always go smoothly. Ships suffer casualties and sometimes are arrested to obtain security for claims. The cargo owners or insurers need the goods to be delivered to destination. Using its experience and negotiating skills, TCI has been involved in numerous such situations where cargoes have been delivered to their owners.
Ships often need to be arrested in order to secure a claim, or ships under arrest need to be urgently released. Swift and decisive action is required to protect clients' interests in these situations. Working in cooperation with our network of legal and commercial correspondents throughout the world we are frequently called upon to handle cases involving ship arrest.
The need for potential business partners to be checked out or debts to be collected are just two of the many reasons why we are commissioned to undertake credit investigations for clients operating in different parts of the world. A well established network of international contacts enables us to provide a fast, efficient and competitive service.
HULL & CARGO INSURANCE CLAIMS/MARINE INSURANCE
TCI act for Cargo Underwriters regarding the recovery of subrogated cargo claims; we also investigate and advise and assist in connection with Hull & Machinery claims; in addition TCI assist both Underwriters and the assured in pursuing and defending claims under cargo and P & I insurance policies.
Following a casualty it is essential for all of the relevant information to be gathered as soon as possible by experienced claims handlers. TCI has many years experience of attending on site to collect evidence and take statements from witnesses, which may later be used in court or arbitration proceedings. Casualties which we have attended include: collisions, fires, stranding, total losses, damage to ship, cargo and port installations.
CARGO RECOVERY OPERATIONS INCLUDING TRANSHIPMENT
TCI work in close association with CRC, (Cargo Recovery Consultants UK), who are specialists in the rescue of cargoes in distress. Where a cargo has been unable to reach its destination due to a ship casualty, a solution has frequently been found by TCI and CRC. This may involve transhipment of the cargo, replacement of the cargo, purchase of the cargo, and on occasion purchase of the ship and cargo. TCI are involved in all aspects of such operations ranging from the negotiation and drafting of contracts to the organisation of actual transhipment operations.
Transport Counsellors International Ltd, (TCI), has been working for clients for the past 45 years, having been established in 1976. It has its main office in Piraeus, a satellite office in Glyfada, and a representative office in Istanbul.
TCI has vast experience in dealing with shipping related problems of all kinds, and we combine a commercial and legal approach to achieve speedy and effective solutions, whether by negotiation, meetings, arbitration, mediation or other legal means.
Our client base is international and we regularly represent ship-owners, operators, charterers, P & I Clubs, traders, cargo interests, banks and insurance companies. We also work closely with adjusters, brokers and surveyors.
We regularly undertake London Arbitrations and case management of litigation all over the world, and are involved in advice and investigation regarding casualties, the collection of evidence and taking of witness statements, advice on purchase and sales contract disputes and assisting in drafting international contracts.
We provide a high quality service, tailor made to meet our clients' needs, at reasonable rates.
Founder and Senior Partner
The founder and senior partner of TCI, Roger Moisey is a graduate of Oxford University and spent 10 years in East Africa in administrative and legal work before coming to Greece in 1971. Since then he has been involved in an advisory capacity to the shipping industry, and over the years has amassed extensive experience in handling maritime and commercial claims of all types. He is qualified as an English Barrister, and is fluent in French and Greek.
After Office Hours: +30 210 963 7011, Fax: +30 210 963 6257, Mobile: 694 447 6580
Sally Saudek is a Southampton University graduate and an English Solicitor. Before joining TCI in 1991 as a claims handler she was a partner in a Southampton firm where she practised for 12 years as a commercial litigator and criminal advocate. She is fluent in Greek.
After Office Hours: Mobile: +30 697 441 5002
Jim comes from a ship-owning family background and is a graduate in Maritime Business and Law and Naval Architecture at Plymouth. He worked in the family shipping business until 1990 when he joined the Admiralty department of a major London Shipping law firm, leaving in 2008 to work independently with a well-known boutique Claims Consultant.
Jim's areas of specialty are Emergency Response Management and Coordination of all types of Shipping casualties in particular claims control in collision, salvage and wreck removal. He regularly advises ISU salvage companies, IG Clubs and non IG liability Underwriters, Owners, Hull Underwriters and Governments (including the British Government). He regularly handles all types of salvage Arbitrations and is one of only a handful of practitioners internationally who has handled in excess of 250 Lloyds Open Form salvage contracts. Jim currently handles 25% of all LOF salvage cases worldwide and is considered one of the worlds most experienced salvage practitioners.
Jim relocated to Greece in 2018 and became a director of TCI in 2019.
Mobile (Greece): + 30 694 907 9727, Mobile (UK): + 44 7747 637873
Mark is a mariner with seagoing experience up to Chief Officer and an honours degree from Plymouth University. He spent 16 years with some of the best known Maritime Law Firms based in London, Hong Kong and Greece where he settled. Mark has dealt with all sorts of wet and dry legal issues including on site casualty investigations and case management both in Arbitration and at High Court level. He has been involved in some of the world's leading legal cases and casualties and was listed in the directory for legal professionals published by Chambers as the "partner of choice" for maritime matters in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean.
In 2006 Mark began a career in ship management and has unrivalled experience in ship management and shipboard operations. He combines a unique mixture of legal expertise with commercial, technical and practical knowhow that sets TCI apart from other claims management firms.
Mobile: +30 694 489 2437
Themis graduated from Democritus University of Thrace Law School in 2018. He studied for his LLM in International Maritime Law at Swansea University, receiving the prize for best performance among LLM students in Admiralty Law.
Prior to joining TCI, Themis worked in the claims department of a major international commodity trader, dealing with post-fixture claims arising in Africa, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
Themis is admitted as a lawyer in Piraeus and solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising). He is fluent in Greek and English.
Mobile: +30 694 941 0646
Office / Accounts Manager
Poppy Verivakis is our Office and Accounts Manager. She graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand with a BSc in Mathematics. She came to Greece in 1990 and joined the company in 1992. She is fluent in English and Greek.
After Office Hours: Mobile: +30 697 766 6528
Transport Counsellors International Ltd
26, Skouze Street, Piraeus 185 36
Phone: +30 210 428 4030
Fax: +30 210 428 4021
Transport Counsellors International Ltd
74, Zeppou Street, Ano Glyfada 165 61
Phone: +30 210 962 6517
Fax: +30 210 963 5904
Transport Counsellors International Ltd
c/o Link Inspection Expertise Services Co. Ltd.
Goztepe Soyak Sitesi, 15. Blok D: 287,
Uskudar, 34700, Istanbul
Phone: +90 216 472 0202
Fax : +90 216 470 5808 / 5809
Contact: Suleyman Sari
Mobile: +90 532 710 6130