Herman Steen

Partner

About Herman

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

He is ranked in Legal 500 and in Chambers and Partners.
 
Steen has specialised in international maritime law and marine insurance law. He 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, collision, grounding, cargo claims etc. He also has extensive experience with cover disputes under P&I and hull insurances, direct actions, jurisdiction and choice of law, as well as charterparty disputes.
He has wide litigation experience, both as a lawyer and as a judge. He has acted as a mediator on numerous occasions. He is also an experienced negotiator, both in relation to deals and disputes. He is an expert on legal issues arising out of autonomous shipping.

Steen 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).

Steen 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_NEWLINE_2017 Specialist Counsel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2011-2017 Senioradvokat, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2010 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2010 Deputy Judge, Oslo District Court_NEWLINE_2009-2010 Deputy Judge, Drammen District Court_NEWLINE_2008-2009 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2008 Visiting Lawyer, Ince & Co., London_NEWLINE_2008 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, London_NEWLINE_2006-2007 Associate, Wikborg Rein, London/Kobe_NEWLINE_2006 Practising Certificate_NEWLINE_2004-2006 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2003- Lecturer and Examiner at The Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (including Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law)_NEWLINE_2003-2004 Junior Researcher, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo_NEWLINE_2000-2002 Trainee at various law firms etc
Education
2006 Practising Certificate_NEWLINE_2004 Cand. jur., University of Oslo_NEWLINE_2004 Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Negotiation), Harvard Law School, Harvard University_NEWLINE_2003 Master of Maritime Law (LLM), King’s College London, University of London
Relevant experience
Polar Marquis – Fire, loss of seismic equipment, Senegal_NEWLINE_Bukhta Naezdnik – Fire, sinking, wreck removal, Norway_NEWLINE_Shinyo Ocean c/w Aseem – Claims, off Fujairah_NEWLINE_Antea c/w Star Centurion – Total loss, claims, Indonesia_NEWLINE_KNM Helge Ingstad c/w Sola TS – Refloating of navy frigate, claims, Norway_NEWLINE_Langesund Barge – Grounding, sinking, refloating, Norway_NEWLINE_Optimar – Grounding, Norway_NEWLINE_Guardian – Grounding, salvage claims, Norway_NEWLINE_Cheshire – Decomposition of fertilizer, total loss, off Gran Canaria_NEWLINE_Bulk Viking – Grounding, Norway_NEWLINE_Fisktrans – Sinking, Norway_NEWLINE_Stolt Commitment c/w Thorco Cloud – Wreck removal, cargo claims, multi-jurisdiction litigation, Singapore Strait, Indonesia_NEWLINE_Fair Afroditi – Explosion, sale of oil tanker, Lomé, Togo_NEWLINE_FPSO Cidade de Sao Mateus – Explosion, fatalities, salvage, Espirito Santo Basin, Brazil_NEWLINE_Tigris – Damage to port installation at oil terminal, Norway _NEWLINE_Luno – Wreck removal of grounded bulk carrier, Bayonne, France_NEWLINE_Britannia Seaways – Fire on cargo vessel carrying military equipment, including ammunition, off Norway_NEWLINE_Dart – Grounding, Norway_NEWLINE_Conberria – Grounding, Norway_NEWLINE_Deva – Grounding, salvage, Alexandria_NEWLINE_Stornes – Loss of offshore equipment at oil field, off Norway_NEWLINE_Chamarel – Wreck removal of grounded cable laying vessel, Namibia_NEWLINE_Floatel Superior – Damage to pontoon, evacuation, Norway_NEWLINE_Gelso M – Wreck removal of grounded chemical tanker, Italy_NEWLINE_Safe Scandinavia – Drifting during towage of rig, salvage claims, Norway_NEWLINE_Mar Cristina – Explosion, Norway_NEWLINE_Rena – Wreck removal of grounded container ship, New Zealand_NEWLINE_B Oceania – Wreck removal of bulk carrier; c/w MV Xin Tai Hai, Malacca Strait_NEWLINE_Mirabelle – Grounding, salvage claims, Norway_NEWLINE_Crete Cement – Grounding, oil pollution, refloating and sale of cement carrier, Norway_NEWLINE_Bourbon Dolphin – Capsizing and total loss of anchor handler; casualties, Shetland_NEWLINE_Repubblica di Genova – Refloating and sale of capsized roro ship; cargo damage, Belgium_NEWLINE_Alaska Rainbow – Cargo ship c/w passenger ferry, River Mersey, England_NEWLINE_Brilliant Sky – Damage to port installations, Yemen_NEWLINE_Hyundai No. 105 – Car carrier c/w VLCC Kaminesan; cargo damage, wreck removal, Singapore Strait_NEWLINE_Tricolor – Car carrier c/w container ship_NEWLINE_Gudrun Gisladottir – Grounding, sinking, Norway_NEWLINE_
Publications
"Gard Guidance on Maritime Claims and Insurance", 2013, Assuranceforeningen Gard, Richard Williams. Contributed to parts of the book_NEWLINE_”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)_NEWLINE_“Entire agreement clauses in commercial agreements”, thesis, King's College London_NEWLINE_"Cancellation clauses in voyage charter parties", in Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law Yearbook 2005_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_ARTICLES:_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Norway prepares for ratification of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Gard Insight, June 2019_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Offshore Casualty Response – a Comparative Study (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Skuld's The Field, issue 4, March 2016_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_NYPE 2015 – a major revision (co-author Emilie Christensen), Skipsmegleren 206/2016_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Offshore casualty response – a comparative study (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina M. Hanevold-Sandvik), Skuld's The Field, March 2016_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_The Northern Sea Route: Insurance and Regulation (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Trond Eilertsen), Skuld Advisory to Members, January 2015_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Removing the problem – wreck removal and the role of the P&I club (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen), Skuld Beacon Magazine, October 2013_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Cleaning up the wrecks – the Wreck Removal Convention (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Nina Hanevold), Maritime Risk International, June 2011_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_NHS: What, when and how (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), World Bunkering, November 2005_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_WIKBORG REIN SHIPPING OFFSHORE UPDATE:_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Autonomous ships in unchartered waters (co-author Sindre Slettevold), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2019_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Jurisdiction clauses and choice of law in direct actions (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2017_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Wreck removal in China (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen, Yafeng Sun and Claire Jiang), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, May 2017_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Arbitration clauses and third parties (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Bård Breda Bjerken), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2016_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_NYPE 2015 – a major revision (co-author Emilie Christensen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2016_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Norway – Brazil maritime transport cooperation (co-author Oddbjørn Slinning), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2016_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005 (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Henrik Hagberg), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2015_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Increased limits of liability for shipowners (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Camilla Barr), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2015_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Owners' options in case of early redelivery (co-authors Joe McGladdery and Bård Breda Bjerken), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2015_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Norwegian Government proposes to ratify the HNS Convention (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Kaja Oftedal Rasting), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, March 2015_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Wreck Removal Convention – entry into force and certification requirements (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Camilla Barr), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, March 2015_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Liability for cargo damage due to insufficient packing (co-authors Gaute Gjelsten and Camilla Barr), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2014_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Wreck Removal Convention enters into force (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Beate Fiskarstrand), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2014_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Arctic opening – an emerging reality (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Trond Eilertsen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, December 2014_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Insurance options for shipping banks (co-authors Henrik Hagberg and Yannis Litinas), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2013_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Charterers' legal rights to their equipment on board vessels (co-authors Geir Over Røberg and Hågen Hansen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2013_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_The Athens Regulations – strengthening the rights of passengers (co-authors Trond Eilertsen and Beate Fiskarstrand), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2013_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_The Nordic Plan (co-authors Anders W. Færden and Kaja Oftedal), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2013_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Enforcement of foreign ship mortgages in Norway (co-authors Geir Ove Røberg, Oddbjørn Slinning and Hågen Hansen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, September 2012_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_New hope for the HNS Convention? (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2012_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Reduction of greenhouse gases – environmental regulations relating to ships (co-authors Henrik Hagberg and Rob Jardine-Brown), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2011_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Wreck removal – BIMCO's updated contract forms (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen and Andreas Fjærvoll-Larssen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, November 2011_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Wreck removal liability – insurance cover and direct action (co-authors Haakon Stang Lund and Morten Lund Mathisen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, September 2008_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_New Bunkers Convention enters into force (co-authors Morten Lund Mathisen and Martine C. Dysvik), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, February 2008_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Stricter rules for control and management of ballast water (co-author Morten Lund Mathisen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, January 2007_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Foreign built hulls under tow to Norwegian yards – legal challenges for financing banks (co-author Johan Rasmussen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2006 _NEWLINE__NEWLINE_The York-Antwerp Rules 2004: New general average rules less favourable to shipowners (co-author Gaute Gjelsten), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, June 2005_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_New UNCITRAL Convention to replace the Hague, Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules (co-author Haakon Stang Lund), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, January 2005_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Global limitation of liability in Norway: Increasing the limits of liability (co-author Trond Eilertsen), Wikborg Rein Shipping Offshore Update, January 2005_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_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_NEWLINE_
Directorships
2005- Chairman of the board/board member in Shippingforum, Oslo_NEWLINE_