MAAN boosts arbitration, ADR in maritime
… Collaborates with NSC to organise 7th Practical Maritime Dispute Resolution Seminar


Relentlessly, the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN) is sailing the cause of knowledge about arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the maritime sector.

In collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, (MAAN) is poised to host the seventh in the series of its seminars that draw members and non-members alike in their numbers.

The MAAN Honorary Secretary, Sir Osuala Emma Nwagbara, stated in a press release that  7th Practical Maritime Dispute Resolution Seminar holds on Wednesday, 20th and Thursday, 21st of May, 2015, at the Colonades Hotel, 21, Alfred Rewane Road (Formerly Kingsway Road), Ikoyi, Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, at 8.00 am.


Nwagbara said: “The Seminar is designed to provide participants with deep insight regarding ADR and arbitration in the maritime industry. The Seminar brings together a wide range of interesting topics presented by leading practitioners in the Maritime Industry and practitioner in the field of arbitration/ADR. At the end of the Seminar, the participants should be more knowledgeable about certain issues related to the arbitration/ ADR process within the Maritime industry and topical issues in the maritime industry generally. Considerable time on the second day would be devoted to an interactive moot-and-mock process based on a bill of lading dispute. The interactive moot-and-mock session would be coordinated by the Young Members Group of the Chartered Institute if Arbitrators (UK) Nigerian Branch.”


The listed topics to be discussed at this year’s seminar are: Anti-Suit Injunctions, Maritime Disputes and Arbitration – A Nigerian Perspective; 10 Years of MAAN – The Development of Maritime Arbitration in Nigeria; Maritime Piracy and Security in Nigeria – An Evaluation; The Validity and Enforcement of Nigerian Arbitration Clauses in Bills of Lading; and Twelve Years of the Cabotage Act – A Critical Assessment.


Speakers expected at the seminar include: Managing Partner, Olawoyin & Olawoyin Legal Practitioners & Consultants, Dr. Adewale Olawoyin, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Managing Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co, Mrs. Doyin Rhodes-Vivour, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); Group Managing Director, Comet Shipping Agencies Nigeria Limited, Mr. P.L. Carrodano; Partner, Mike Igbokwe & Associates, Mr. Mike Igbokwe, SAN;  Partner, Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun Legal Practitioners, Mrs. Funke Agnor; Partner, Edodo-Emore, Thorpe & Associates, Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore; and CEO, Starzs Investments Company Limited, Engineer Greg Ogbeifun.


On who should attend, Nwagbara explained that the expected attendees include maritime industry stakeholders, insurance brokers, insurers, banks and financial institutions, vessel charterers and charter brokers, freight forwarders, cargo owners, maritime lawyers, marine surveyors, shipbuilders and repairers, port authorities, terminal operators, ship owners and all other persons involved in arbitration/ADR or interested in gaining knowledge in the field with particular interest in maritime arbitration.


“Arbitration is not the preserve of lawyers,” according to the MAAN Honorary Secretary.

He said that the registration fee of N50,000  is inclusive of conference materials, tea, coffee and lunch .

“Members of Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria are entitled to a discounted rate of N35,000,” Nwagbara said, adding that registration forms are obtainable from the MAAN Secretariat at 9, Simeon Akinlonu Crescent, Oniru Private Estate, Victoria Island Extension, Lagos, or can be downloaded from the Association’s  website,

“Registration fee is payable in cash or cheque drawn in favour of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria and should be submitted with the form to any of the addresses below. Payment can also be made to the MARITIME ARBITRATORS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA at any Diamond Bank Plc Branch (A/C No. 0001988744) or any Zenith Bank Plc Branch (A/C No. 1013471894) and deposit slips attached to the form when completed,” the MAAN Honorary Secretary said, urging those seeking further enquiries to call 0806 569 9054 or email


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