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SIArb - SCMA Maritime Arbitrator Accreditation Programme 2023 (30 & 31 October 2023)
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SIArb and SCMA are pleased to present the Maritime Arbitrator Accreditation Programme (MAAP) as a standalone course suitable for current and aspiring maritime arbitrators who already have a sound understanding of the fundamentals of the law and practice of arbitration.

The MAAP consists of 2 workshops held in-person on 30 October 2023 and an online Written Assessment on 31 October 2023.

1. Module 1: The Legal Framework: Litigation & Maritime Arbitration – 2.5 hours

This module will cover an overview of maritime arbitration and issues specific to maritime arbitration, in particular, a discussion on various ADR solutions (costs and time frames), litigation (why it is less suited to commercial parties), and arbitration (advantages and disadvantages of arbitration in a maritime context, fundamental features of maritime arbitration and others).

2. Module 2: The SCMA Framework – 2.5 hours

This module will cover the SCMA framework for maritime arbitration and will include the SCMA Model Arbitration Clauses, the Expedited Claims Procedure, the Expedited Arbitral Determination of Collision Claims (SEADOCC), managing arbitration and legal costs, and managing the arbitration procedure.

See MAAP outline HERE for detailed programme structure.

To complete the MAAP successfully, a candidate must:

(a) Achieve 100% attendance at the lectures; and

(b) Pass the MAAP online Written Assessment.


30 October 2023

9.00am – 9.15am

9.15am - 10.30am 

10.30am - 10.45am 

10.45am - 12.00pm 

12.00pm - 1.15pm 

1.15pm - 2.30pm 

2.30pm - 2.45pm

2.45pm - 4.00pm 

4.00pm - 4.30pm

Module 1: The Legal Framework: Litigation & Maritime Arbitration


Module 1: The Legal Framework: Litigation & Maritime Arbitration (Cont'd)


Module 2: The SCMA Framework


Module 2: The SCMA Framework (Cont'd)

Closing Remarks & Briefing on Written Assessment
31 October 2023

10.00am - 12.30pm

Online Written Assessment



Mr. Prem Gurbani

Arbitrator, Mediator and Counsel; Panel Arbitrator of SCMA; Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law

Graduated from University of Singapore, Faculty of Law in 1977. Admitted to the Bar in January 1978. In practice for 45 years during which has had the opportunity to handle disputes of all manner including shareholders’ disputes, disputes relating to joint ventures, commodity contract disputes, international disputes relating to the sale of large-scale industrial machinery, infrastructure disputes, disputes involving company charges and mortgages, and shipping and maritime disputes.  Founder and previously Senior Partner of Gurbani & Co. a commercial law practice in Singapore.

Presently practicing as Arbitrator, Mediator and Counsel in Maxwell Chambers Suites, Singapore.

Consistently named as one of the leading practitioners in Singapore for Shipping/Maritime by Chambers, Who’s Who Legal (Shipping and Maritime) and other legal directories.

Named by Chambers as Senior Statesman in Shipping Litigation,

Singapore Senior Accredited Specialist in Shipping and Maritime Law appointed by the Singapore Academy of Law. Accredited Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre.



Mr. Andrew Moran KC

Resident, The Arbitration Chambers

Mr. Andrew G Moran KC is an independent, full-time, international commercial arbitrator, with over 30 years’ experience as arbitrator and judge, in the determination of an extremely wide range of commercial and maritime disputes. His primary office and base is at The Arbitration Chambers of Singapore in Maxwell Chambers. He was in practice for over 40 years as Counsel. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel 30 years ago and in that role he led teams of lawyers in conducting many complex commercial, civil and maritime cases. He is a Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Andrew has conducted and holds numerous appointments in arbitrations seated in jurisdictions including Singapore, England and Wales, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, India, Pakistan and UAE, as sole arbitrator, presiding arbitrator and party appointed arbitrator. These concern all manner of commercial disputes subject to different governing laws – of both common and civil law systems.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. He is a panel arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board and the Asian Centre for International Arbitration in Malaysia.

He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration Users’ Council and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators and a Freeman of the City of London. He has conducted numerous arbitrations proceeding under the rules of all major arbitration institutions and associations, including under SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, HKIAC, LCIA, SCMA, LMAA and other Rules and Terms.

In addition to his practice as arbitrator and counsel, Andrew was concurrently a part-time judge in England and Wales, for over 25 years, including sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in commercial, construction, administrative, civil and chancery cases. He still sits at first instance in the High Court and as an occasional Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man.

For more details of the MAAP Faculty, please click HERE 


The MAAP Written Assessment is an open-book examination which will be conducted virtually on SIArb’s Online Course Portal and/or on its Zoom meeting platform on 31 October 2023, 10.00am - 12.30pm.  Each candidate is required to sit for and pass this Written Assessment.


A candidate who successfully completes only MAAP will be awarded the SIArb-SCMA “Certificate of Completion of the Maritime Arbitrator Accreditation Programme”.


Member of SIArb or SCMA Non-Member
S$1,400 S$1,600

*MCF Training Grant is available for eligible course participants. Please refer HERE for information on the MCF Training Grant

Download Brochure HERE. 

For enquiries, please contact the SIArb Secretariat:

Tel: +65 6551 2785    
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

SILE CPD Points 

Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution 
Training Level: Advanced 
Public CPD Points: 5.5 Public CPD Points


Location M Hotel, 81 Anson Rd, Singapore 079908

SILE Attendance Policy

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information


  1. The closing date for registrations is 23 October 2023 or whenever the MAAP is fully subscribed, whichever is the earlier,
  2. Holding of the in-person MAAP is subject to the approval of any relevant government authorities, including the Singapore Tourism Board.
  3. Places to attend the MAAP in-person are limited and will be allocated by SIArb based on various qualifying criteria (including COVID-19 risks) and in order of priority upon receipt of registration and all payments due.
  4. SIArb reserves the right to update or amend the details of the programme and/or the faculty without prior notice.
  5. No refunds will be made for cancellations or no-shows by those registered. If you are unable to attend MAAP, an equivalent substitute may attend in your place at no extra charge provided that at least 3 days prior written notice is given to SIArb. 
  6. SIArb reserves the right to refuse to register or admit any participant, and to cancel or postpone MAAP.
  7. In-person attendees must abide by all COVID-19 safe management measures imposed by the Government, the Course venue and SIArb.
  8. If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, we encourage you to perform self-testing. If you test positive, please do not attend MAAP in-person and contact SIArb accordingly.
  9. Verification of COVID-19 Vaccination Status is not required for admission to the in-person MAAP and Safe Management Measures do not apply as of 10 October 2022, based on prevailing national guidelines in Singapore. Should there be any updates from the Ministry of Health (Singapore) leading up to the Event, SIArb will be in touch with further information.
  10. Mask wearing is optional at all times during the in-person MAAP. Please practice good personal hygiene, including frequent washing of hands.
  11. By completing this form, you fully consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal data as appears in any form, document or electronic template, by SIArb. [CLICK HERE TO READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY]          


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