Herman Steen

Partner

About Herman Steen

Herman Steen is a shipping and admiralty partner at Wikborg Rein’s Oslo office. He is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice as well as the Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team.

He is admitted to the Supreme Court and is recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.  

Herman has particular experience with maritime casualties, assisting Norwegian and international clients, including P&I clubs, hull insurers and shipowners in connection with investigation and handling of incidents such as salvage, wreck removal, pollution, collisions, groundings, cargo claims etc.He has extensive experience with cover disputes under P&I, hull, war and cargo insurances, as well as direct actions, jurisdiction and choice of law, and charterparty disputes. He is also an expert on autonomous ships.

He has wide litigation experience, both as a lawyer and as a judge. He has acted as a mediator on numerous occasions. Herman has been working out of the firm's offices in Oslo, London and Kobe, Japan. He has previously been deputy judge in Oslo District Court and Drammen District Court, and also junior researcher with the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, where he wrote a thesis on voyage charter parties which has been published in the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law's law journal. He has a master's degree in maritime law from King's College London. He has attended Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Negotiation).

Herman has for many years been teaching and marking student exams at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, and is regularly publishing maritime law and marine insurance law articles in Norwegian and international periodicals. He is also one of the editors of the firm's Shipping Offshore Update.

Work experience
  • 2018

    Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2017 - 2017

    Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2011 - 2017

    Senioradvokat, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2010 - 2010

    Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2010 - 2010

    Deputy Judge, Oslo District Court

  • 2009 - 2010

    Deputy Judge, Drammen District Court

  • 2008 - 2009

    Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2008 - 2008

    Visiting Lawyer, Ince & Co., London

  • 2008 - 2008

    Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, London

  • 2006 - 2007

    Associate, Wikborg Rein, London/Kobe

  • 2006 - 2006

    Practising Certificate

  • 2004 - 2006

    Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2003 - 2004

    Junior Researcher, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo

  • 2003

    Lecturer and Examiner at The Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (including Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law)

  • 2000 - 2002

    Trainee at various law firms etc

Education
  • 2020

    Admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court

  • 2004

    Practising Certificate

  • 2004

    Cand.jur., University of Oslo

  • 2003

    Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Negotiation), Harvard Law School, Harvard University

Directorships
  • 2005

    Chairman of the board/board member in Shippingforum, Oslo

Selected projects
  • Polar Marquis – Fire, loss of seismic equipment, Senegal

  • Bukhta Naezdnik – Fire, sinking, wreck removal, Norway

  • Shinyo Ocean c/w Aseem – Claims, off Fujairah

  • Antea c/w Star Centurion – Total loss, claims, Indonesia

  • KNM Helge Ingstad c/w Sola TS – Refloating of navy frigate, claims, Norway

  • Langesund Barge – Grounding, sinking, refloating, Norway

  • Optimar – Grounding, Norway

  • Guardian – Grounding, salvage claims, Norway

  • Cheshire – Decomposition of fertilizer, total loss, off Gran Canaria

  • Bulk Viking – Grounding, Norway

  • Fisktrans – Sinking, Norway

  • Stolt Commitment c/w Thorco Cloud – Wreck removal, cargo claims, multi-jurisdiction litigation, Singapore Strait, Indonesia

  • Fair Afroditi – Explosion, sale of oil tanker, Lomé, Togo

  • FPSO Cidade de Sao Mateus – Explosion, fatalities, salvage, Espirito Santo Basin, Brazil

  • Tigris – Damage to port installation at oil terminal, Norway

  • Luno – Wreck removal of grounded bulk carrier, Bayonne, France

  • Britannia Seaways – Fire on cargo vessel carrying military equipment, including ammunition, off Norway

  • Dart – Grounding, Norway

  • Conberria – Grounding, Norway

  • Deva – Grounding, salvage, Alexandria

  • Stornes – Loss of offshore equipment at oil field, off Norway

  • Chamarel – Wreck removal of grounded cable laying vessel, Namibia

  • Floatel Superior – Damage to pontoon, evacuation, Norway

  • Gelso M – Wreck removal of grounded chemical tanker, Italy

  • Safe Scandinavia – Drifting during towage of rig, salvage claims, Norway

  • Mar Cristina – Explosion, Norway

  • Rena – Wreck removal of grounded container ship, New Zealand

  • B Oceania – Wreck removal of bulk carrier; c/w MV Xin Tai Hai, Malacca Strait

  • Mirabelle – Grounding, salvage claims, Norway

  • Crete Cement – Grounding, oil pollution, refloating and sale of cement carrier, Norway

  • Bourbon Dolphin – Capsizing and total loss of anchor handler; casualties, Shetland

  • Repubblica di Genova – Refloating and sale of capsized roro ship; cargo damage, Belgium

  • Alaska Rainbow – Cargo ship c/w passenger ferry, River Mersey, England

  • Brilliant Sky – Damage to port installations, Yemen

  • Hyundai No. 105 – Car carrier c/w VLCC Kaminesan; cargo damage, wreck removal, Singapore Strait

  • Tricolor – Car carrier c/w container ship

  • Gudrun Gisladottir – Grounding, sinking, Norway

Publications
  • "Gard Guidance on Maritime Claims and Insurance", 2013, Assuranceforeningen Gard, Richard Williams. Contributed to parts of the book

  • ”The time for the ship’s arrival in the loading port under voyage charter parties. The charterer’s claim for damages and cancellation of the charter party due to late arrival”, thesis, University of Oslo: (published in MarIus no. 322 (2004)

  • “Entire agreement clauses in commercial agreements”, thesis, King's College London

  • "Cancellation clauses in voyage charter parties", in Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law Yearbook 2005

  • ARTICLES:

  • The UK Supreme Court’s decision in the “Renos” on CTL and the position under The Nordic Plan (co-author Niklas Sonnenschein, Cefor), Cefor.no, June 2019

  • Norway prepares for ratification of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Gard Insight, June 2019

  • Norwegian Supreme Court strikes a blow against forum shopping in direct action (co-authors Kaare A. Shetelig and Sindre T. Myklebust), Gard Insight, June 2018

  • Offshore Casualty Response – a Comparative Study (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Skuld's The Field, issue 4, March 2016

  • NYPE 2015 – a major revision (co-author Emilie Christensen), Skipsmegleren 206/2016

  • Offshore casualty response – a comparative study (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Skuld's The Field, March 2016

  • The Northern Sea Route: Insurance and Regulation (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Trond Eilertsen), Skuld Advisory to Members, January 2015

  • Removing the problem – wreck removal and the role of the P&I club (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen), Skuld Beacon Magazine, October 2013

  • Cleaning up the wrecks – the Wreck Removal Convention (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina Hanevold), Maritime Risk International, June 2011

  • NHS: What, when and how (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), World Bunkering, November 2005

  • WIKBORG REIN SHIPPING OFFSHORE UPDATE:

  • The UK Supreme Court’s decision in the “Renos” on CTL and the position under the Nordic Plan (co-author Niklas Sonnenschein, Cefor), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2019

  • Autonomous ships in unchartered waters (co-author Sindre Slettevold), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2019

  • Norway prepares for ratification of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2019

  • New version of Nordic Marine Insurance Plan braces for Brexit – bolstering Nordic arbitration (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Sindre T. Myklebust), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2018

  • When are the owners obliged to commence the approach voyage to the loading port? (co-authors Eleanor Midwinter and Marcus Sharpe), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2018

  • Norwegian Supreme Court strikes a blow against forum shipping in direct action (co-authors Kaare A. Shetelig and Sindre T. Myklebust), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2018

  • Jurisdiction clauses and choice of law in direct actions (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2017

  • Wreck removal in China (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen, Yafeng Sun and Claire Jiang), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, May 2017

  • Norway considers ratification of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2016

  • Arbitration clauses and third parties (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Bård Breda Bjerken), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2016

  • NYPE 2015 – a major revision (co-author Emilie Christensen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2016

  • Norway – Brazil maritime transport cooperation (co-author Oddbjørn Slinning), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2016

  • Liening cargo – which lien clause applies to the bill of lading? (co-authors Robert Joiner and Oddbjørn Slinning), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2015

  • The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005 (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Henrik Hagberg), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2015

  • Increased limits of liability for shipowners (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Camilla Barr), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2015

  • Owners' options in case of early redelivery (co-authors Joe McGladdery and Bård Breda Bjerken), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2015

  • Norwegian Government proposes to ratify the HNS Convention (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Kaja Oftedal Rasting), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, March 2015

  • Wreck Removal Convention – entry into force and certification requirements (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Camilla Barr), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, March 2015

  • Liability for cargo damage due to insufficient packing (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Camilla Barr), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2014

  • Wreck Removal Convention enters into force (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Beate Fiskarstrand), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2014

  • Arctic opening – an emerging reality (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Trond Eilertsen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2014

  • Insurance of mortgagee interests – co-insurance under the Nordic Marine Insurance Plan and assignments of insurance (co-authors Geir Over Røberg, Linn Hertwig Eidsheim and Astrid Pleym Løseth), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, April 2014

  • Insurance options for shipping banks (co-authors Henrik Hagberg and Yannis Litinas), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2013

  • Insurance of mobile offshore units under the Nordic Marine Insurance Plan 2013 (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2013

  • Charterers' legal rights to their equipment on board vessels (co-authors Geir Over Røberg and Hågen Hansen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2013

  • The Athens Regulations – strengthening the rights of passengers (co-authors Trond Eilertsen and Beate Fiskarstrand), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2013

  • The Nordic Plan (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Kaja Oftedal), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2013

  • Enforcement of foreign ship mortgages in Norway (co-authors Geir Ove Røberg, Oddbjørn Slinning and Hågen Hansen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, September 2012

  • New hope for the HNS Convention? (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2012

  • Reduction of greenhouse gases – environmental regulations relating to ships (co-authors Henrik Hagberg and Rob Jardine-Brown), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2011

  • Wreck removal – BIMCO's updated contract forms (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen and Andreas Fjærvoll-Larssen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2011

  • The Wreck Removal Convention – a new liability and compensation regime (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina Hanevold), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, May 2011

  • Wreck removal liability – insurance cover and direct action (co-authors Haakon Stang Lund and Morten Lund Mathisen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, September 2008

  • The Rotterdam Rules – new UNCITRAL convention to replace the Hague, Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2008

  • New Bunkers Convention enters into force (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Martine C. Dysvik), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2008

  • Stricter rules for control and management of ballast water (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, January 2007

  • Foreign built hulls under tow to Norwegian yards – legal challenges for financing banks (co-author Johan Rasmussen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2006

  • The York-Antwerp Rules 2004: New general average rules less favourable to shipowners (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2005

  • New UNCITRAL Convention to replace the Hague, Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules (co-author Haakon Stang Lund), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, January 2005

  • Global limitation of liability in Norway: Increasing the limits of liability (co-author Trond Eilertsen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, January 2005

  • The HNS Convention – a stricter liability regime for carriage of dangerous good by sea (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, January 2005