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Captain Bhatia is a well-known maritime transportation industry expert with over 30 years of technical &
commercial experience. He has in-depth technical, commercial & operational management
expertise gained by serving at sea for 15 years and later ashore in senior commercial management roles.
He is presently the Managing Director of the Wade Maritime Group, a leading maritime management
consulting firm active in the Oil, Gas, Chemicals, Dry Bulk and the Ports sector, based out of Singapore
with associate offices in London, UK and India.
He is a specialist in commercial shipping, maritime economics, operational & commercial risk and claims
management. Key note speaker on various global conferences and specialist seminars. He is a Master
Mariner (FG-UK), holds an MSc - International Shipping, Finance & Economics (UK), Member – IAME,
Chairman Nautical Institute NW-India branch and Assoc. Fellow - Nautical Institute, London, UK.
Charles is a veteran of the commercial shipping industry. He has spent over 45 years in the oil and
shipping sectors, more than 37 of which have been as project manager or senior consultant on shipping
economics, investment appraisals, feasibility studies, transportation strategies and business studies
within Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and the Far East.
He is a specialist in business plans, strategy reviews, transportation strategies, trade
developments, shipping market analysis & forecasting, contracts and planning in the commercial and
operations sectors. He speaks on oil market fundamentals and transportation in various conferences and
seminars across the globe. He also acts as an expert witness in arbitration cases involving the oil, LPG
and chemicals transportation sectors. Prior to founding Richardson Lawrie Associates (a Wade Maritime
Group company), Charles worked for LLP, Petroleum Economics and Esso Petroleum.
Jeffrey Blum has been involved in shipping and trading since 1972. He is the fourth generationof a shipping
family, has been a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1976 and has worked with a Lloyd's underwriter and
as a shipbroker, charterer, ship owner, ship operator, gasoil futures broker and commodities trader in
London and abroad.
He achieved Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) by examination in 1979 and has been
on various International Committees and the Committee of the London & South East Branch since 1983,
Chairman 2005-2007 and again Vice-Chairman 2015-2017. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered
Institute of Arbitrators and has been an arbitrator (both sole and tribunal) with London Maritime
Arbitrators Association (LMAA) since 1994, SCMA since 2019 and an expert witness since 1983. Since
1984 he has been lecturing on maritime commercial subjects and law at seminars and at IMO’s
World Maritime and Shanghai Maritime Universities. He is a specialist in commercial operations,
shipping contracts, dispute resolution and claims management.
Peter Bingham has a lifetime's experience in ports and maritime transport and in the development of projects, having worked in international shipping, ports, transport and logistics since finishing his 5 year commission in the Royal Navy. He has been a consultant since 1986, specialising in the practical, operational, economic and commercial aspects of transport-related projects in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His work incorporates an understanding of port operations and management, together with sea, land and inter-modal transport and handling systems, and their incorporation into efficient and cost-effective operations.
He has worked on port privatisation and commercialisation projects in the UK, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and in Iraq. His earlier career included periods as managing director of dry cargo operations (commodity management and quality/quantity control) and international freight forwarding in the UK for a multi-national inspection business, as general manager in the UK for US ship owners, as an active ship-broking member of the Baltic Exchange in London, and as a commissioned officer in the Royal Navy.
Graduated from Government Law College, Ernakulam . Enrolled as a lawyer in The High Court of Kerala in the year 1996 . Started a firm under the name and style M/s Joy Thattil & Co, which included professionals from other disciplines consisting of Company Secretary, Chartered Accountant, and Rtd. Registrar of Companies. Have been handling Tax, Constitutional, Shipping, Company matters, Civil, Criminal and service matters before the High Court, and other Courts. The firm has started an office in Mumbai in 2005. He is also a Partner in Callidus Corporate and Maritime Consultancy (CCMC), Dubai.
Had his Specialization in Maritime Law in the University of Southampton, UK. As a maritime Lawyer he had the opportunity to conduct several cases throughout India and abroad. Appointed as a Notary by the Government of India. He had opportunity to travel across the world and present papers on International Maritime Law, including US, Canada &UK .