Webinar - Seafarer Crisis - what has happened and where do we go from here

Wednesday, 21 October 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (UK time)
    • Gemma Pearce, Partner, BLM Solicitors


The crisis affecting seafarers will lead to shipowners and their insurers in all likelihood facing claims from ship’s crew members.

This 1.5 hour webinar will raise awareness around the issues affecting the crews of all vessels worldwide since the pandemic started and that charters may start to be rejected due to a ship’s crew having been on board for excessive periods, raising safety concerns. Vessels will then be laid up around the world with potentially no crew being available, as there is almost certainly going to be a decline in the profession.

Learning Objectives:

Learning objectives - by the end of this webinar delegates will gain insights into:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the crewing of vessels and seafarers generally
  • The likely insurance repercussions
  • The industry action needed to resolve the crisis
  • The potential impact of this crisis on the industry as a whole

It is relevant to brokers and insurers in the Marine sector.

Joining instructions will be sent out shortly before the MS Teams webinar begins and all participants will receive a copy of the presentation after the talk.

Speaker bio

Gemma joined BLM in 2014 having practiced in the shipping/marine sector for 14 years following a previous career at the criminal Bar and now heads up the marine team at BLM and also the marine sector of BLM’s Global Network

Gemma handles all aspects of claims whether pre-litigated or litigated involving charter parties, bills of lading, supply and carriage of goods, cargo, passenger and crew claims, with particular emphasis on P&I and FD&D matters and also works extensively in the area of policy coverage disputes. Gemma regularly assists owners, charterers, operators, brokers and insurers in a wide range of jurisdictions in both, marine and non-marine insurance matters relating to the industry and associated, international trade(s).

Gemma has vast experience in personal injury and loss of life cases and class actions arising out of illness and disease outbreaks as well as extensive occupational disease experience, again in respect of the sector.

Part of the role involves attendance at ports and vessels as part of an immediate casualty response service and often requires Gemma to draft/advise on health and safety procedures, policies and risk management and trains management and personnel

This presentation is suitable for all. Note that it is on MS Teams.

CII accreditation:

This event has been accredited by the CII and can be included as part of your CII/Personal Finance Society CPD requirement should you consider it relevant to your professional development needs.

CPD: One and half hours

To take part and obtain a copy of the joining instructions, please contact ben.mcbean@uk.qbe.com or 0777 5858039

CII Accredited

This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.

1 1/2 hours' CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed online at www.cii.co.uk/cpd.