Our work includes:

International Regulation / Government

Representing Insurance Industry at United Nation’s International Maritime Organisation on the finalisation of the Polar Code for Shipping

Working with the European Commission on Maritime Spatial Strategies

Working as Special Advisor to Arctic Council

Advising Individual Governments on the implementation of International Regulation and adoption of Best Practice Standards

Advising Industry on Government and International Regulatory approach to implementation of International Regulation and Best Practice Standards.

 

For further reading on this topic and our work please see the following:

Michael Kingston.Article on Polar Code. Insurance Day 20.11.2014

Insurance Day. Ice regime for Arctic Shipping Risks Welcomed.Michael Kingsotn Quoted.09.12.2014

Insurance Day  10 June - Coming in From the Cold

Energy and Power Solutions. It is time to target Sustainable Growth. Michael Kingston.15.06.2015

Lloyd’s of London 03 January 2017Polar Code sets new industry standards

Riviera Media January 2017Decoding the Polar Code’

December 2017 Article in USCG Proceedings (Pages 80 -86)Why we should Care ?

Tanker Shipping and Trade December 2017Rules are one thing: implementation another

Arctic Council’s Website ‘Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum

 

Polar Code / Arctic Expertise

Our work includes:

Representing International Union of Marine Insurance (world’s energy & marine insurers) at the International Maritime Organisation on the finalisation of the Polar Code;

Participant of Advisory Council of All Party Parliamentary Group on the Polar Regions;

Advising London Insurance Market Joint-Hull Committee on Polar matters;

Advising International Ice Charting Working Group;

Advising NASA;

Advising Arctic Council Shipping Expert Group of PAME;

Advising individual Arctic Governments;

Advising House of Lords Arctic Committee;

Advising World Meteorological Organisation on Arctic matters;

Advising European Union’s DG MARE on Arctic Policy;

Advising European Union’s Climate Change Applicate Assembly (on effect of Arctic changes on mid latitudes);

Advising UK FCO on Arctic matters;

Advising UK Department of Trade on Arctic positioning;

Advising various United States Agencies regarding Arctic positioning during Arctic Council Chairmanship (May 2015 – May 2017).

Advising indigenous community groups in the Arctic regarding Best Practice Standards;

Advising the world cruise line industry regarding the Polar Code; and

Advising Environmental organisations regarding Polar Regulation.

Advising the Indigenous Communities of the Arctic.

 

For further reading on this topic and our work please see the following:

11th March 2014 & 12th March 2014 Sustainable Shipping Conference Report’ on Swedish Polar Research Secretariat website and Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

15 March 2014 Lloyd’s of London Press Release (repeated in several papers worldwide) following Arctic Ice Conference on 12th March

Insurance Day. 19.02.2016 LNG megastructures the Challenges for Insurers. Michael Kingston.19.February 2016

Insurance Day. Ice regime for Arctic Shipping Risks Welcomed.Michael Kingsotn Quoted.09.12.2014

Insurance Day 10 June - Coming in From the Cold

Video of Key Note Speech Institute fo the North Fairbanks Alaska 29th September 2015

Frontier Energy. Learning Lessons from History. Michael Kingston. August 2016

Frontier Energy August 2016. 'Best Practice Breakthrough' by Michael Kingston

Riviera Media January 2016Decoding the Polar Code’

Video of Speech Arctic Council Summit Fairbanks Alaska May 2017 upon Declaration of Arctic Shipping Best Practices Declaration by Arctic States.

United States Coastguard ‘Proceedings’ Publication December 2017 ‘Why We Should Care.The insurance market and changing maritime industry risks. Michael Kingston

Tanker Shipping and Trade December 2017Rules are one thing: implementation another

Arctic Council’s Website ‘Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum

 

Salvage / Wreck Removal

We have been heavily involved in looking into key developments in the marine industry as ships have increased in size, and we have helped focus on learning from accidents of recent times. We contributed to Lloyd’s of London’s leading 2013 Report ‘The Challenges and Implications of Removing Wrecks in the 21st Century’. This report showcased the Costa Concordia Disaster and co-incided with the implementation of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention which came into force in 2014.  Working closely with Lloyd’s and leading experts in the Marine industry we have helped to focus on the need to ensure best practice standards are achieved in the maritime industry.

 

For further reading please see the following articles:

9 October 2013 Article Lloyd’s List ‘Where there is a Way but no Will’ regarding the systems that could be put in place re alarms and the non-availability of salvage equipment.

20 December 2013 - Article from Lloyds’ List: ‘Managing Risk in the Thawing North’

(This article also appeared in a commemorative one-off book to mark the end of Lloyd’s List paper form after 279 years)

28 December 2013 English Independent ‘Costa Concordia insurance bill to rise to 1.2 billion

02 January 2014 Article from Lloyd’s List ‘Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention is one step away from ratification

08 January 2014 Article from Lloyd’s List ‘Insurers forced to develop their own solutions for Arctic vessels

10 January 2014 Article in Lloyd’s ‘Cruise ship pairing not viable in Arctic waters'

21 January 2014 Post Magazine ‘Costa Concordia: Two years on

17 April 2014 Article in Lloyd’s List ‘Wreck removal may cost owners dear despite convention coming into force

19 June 2014 Article in Insurance Day Costa Concordia: Raising the Wreck

Frontier Energy. Learning Lessons from History. Michael Kingston. August 2016

December 2017 Article in USCG Proceedings (Pages 80 -86) ‘ Why we should Care ?

 

Plastics

The emergence of plastics as such an enormous pollutant in the oceans is unsurprising due to the slow regulatory approach to dealing with huge amounts of uncontrollable waste. We have been promoting best practice standards in Maritime activities including assisting in zero garbage disposal in the Polar Regions. We have assisted the Arctic Council in developing the Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum, which incudes key information about Best Practices in the Arctic. We are also liaising with the Protection fo the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group on projects to help better understand and address this chronic problem, we are also liaising with the European Commission and assisting in proposals to the IMO in relation to Port Reception Facilities. Additionally, we are working with the Insurance industry and the International Research Community to better understand the effect of endocrine disruptors in plastics on the marine environment and the human system through the food chain.

For further reading please see the following articles:

Riviera Media January 2016 ‘Decoding the Polar Code’

Arctic Council’s Website ‘Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum

 

Maritime Spatial Strategies

Our work includes looking at the important developments in International obligations with regard to Maritime Spatial Strategy co-operation. As well as working with the Arctic States we have been particularly involved in the European Union’s work in the North Sea. This has included helping to interact with the insurance and banking industry to try and unlock large scale industry investment. Our discussions with the European Commission are on-going.

 

For further information please read:

Energy and Power Solutions. It is time to target Sustainable Growth. Michael Kingston.15.06.2015

 

LNG

As the world increasingly moves towards new energy resources in the Maritime industry it is important to keep abreast of developments in LNG. Much of the focus on new- builds in the shipping industry are incorporating LNG as their fuel source. We are at the cutting edge of the regulatory developments that are driving this change and are working with industry to assist in this transition.

 

For further information about some of our work please read:

Insurance Day. 19.02.2016 LNG megastructures the Challenges for Insurers. Michael Kingston.19.February 2016

 

Pollution

We have a strong track record in working on environmental issues. One of the foundation blocks for our work on best practice standards in the Energy, Renewable and Maritime industry is to help protect the world’s environment. By helping industry create the correct behavioural atmosphere through best standards we endeavour to ensure the environment in protected by reducing risk, and also help industry and Government achieve carbon reduction targets. As well as working with industry we are working with International Regulatory bodies such as the IMO, and regional bodies such as the Arctic Council, and the Bonn Agreement Secretariat to help achieve these aims. We have for example worked with the North Sea Prosecutors Forum through the Bonn Agreement Secretariat as a link between Administrations and industry to help collaborate in relation to pollution best practice. We have also been instrumental in the establishment of the Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum to assist in the harmonised implementation fo the Polar Code.

We recognise that regulation must be fit for purpose and then it must be enforced and the best way to do that tis through a truly collaborative approach.

 

For further information about this work please read:

On the Arctic Council’s Website ‘Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum

Tanker Shipping and Trade ‘Rules are one thing: implementation another

 

Legal Litigation

We have an in-depth experience in marine legal matters. We have worked on some of the leading High Court and Arbitration cases in various sectors. We have in-depth experience in helping clients prepare for litigation, and laisse with the right lawyers.

 

Contract Negotiation

We advise clients about the best way to go about legal contracts drawing on in-depth experience in funding negotiations with the banking industry and the insurance industry to ensure projects are ‘bankable’.

 

For further reading see:

Southern Star June 2017Cork man to forefront of Polar Shipping laws

The Lawyer Top 100 2016

British Delegation Michael Kingston UKTI Arctic Circle Conference Iceland.Final. 01 11 2014