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BIMCO TO APPOINT NEW DOCUMENTARY CHAIR

Thursday, October 8, 2020 

BIMCO’s Board of Directors has agreed that Nick Fell, EVP Corporate Services & General Counsel at BW Group in Singapore, will take up the role as chairperson of the BIMCO Documentary Committee in 2021.

Fell will succeed Francis Sarre of CMB in Belgium who, after six years, will step down as chairperson of the largest BIMCO committee - responsible for approving all BIMCO contracts and clauses and for setting the course for the future documentary work programme.

Sadan Kaptanoglu, BIMCO President, said: “Nick is the ideal candidate to take over from Francis. He has been involved in various aspects of BIMCO’s contractual work, not least in his capacity as owner-representative for Singapore. He is a keen legal mind with a lot of hands-on experience, which will be invaluable to the committee and to BIMCO.” 

BW Group has a longstanding history and tradition with BIMCO with its former Chairman, Dr Helmut Sohmen, acting as BIMCO President from 1987 to 1989. Dr Sohmen was later appointed the only Honorary President in BIMCO history. 

Fell is no novice to BIMCO’s contractual work. Apart from representing Singapore on the Documentary Committee he has led the development of Shiplease, and was actively involved in the drafting of the two term sheets for term loan facilities, Shipterm and Shipterm S.

“I am honoured to be asked to chair the Documentary Committee which has a key role not just for BIMCO but also for the industry as a whole. Francis has done a tremendous job spearheading BIMCO’s contractual work into a wide range of areas within the maritime business and I look forward to working with all the experts on the committee to find efficient and pragmatic contractual solutions to the many issued faced by the industry during these challenging times,” said Fell.

Fell's appointment is subject to confirmation by election at BIMCO’s 2021 General Meeting.

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