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Dedi Affandi Bin Ahmad


Practice Area:

Shipping & International Trade

LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Acc. Spec. (Maritime and Shipping), Singapore Academy of Law

T +65 6232 0706

Dedi handles shipping and international trade litigation and arbitration.

Dedi's areas of practice encompass international trade work and the whole spectrum of “dry” and “wet” shipping work. These include marine casualties, maritime insolvency, bunker claims, charterparty, bill of lading, ship sale, ship repairs, marine insurance, sanctions and commodities disputes. Dedi also handles various disputes involving fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, dishonest assistance and conspiracy.

In his free time, Dedi coaches the NUS team for the maritime moots. Dedi is also an Adjunct Fellow of Centre for Maritime Law, NUS, and a Lecturer with the Singapore Shipping Association. Apart from English, Dedi speaks both Malay and Bahasa Indonesia.  

Notable Cases & Transactions
  • Advising and acting for a commodity supplier in claims for breach of fiduciary duties, dishonest assistance, fraud and conspiracy against its former shipping director, including obtaining pre-judgment and post-judgment freezing injunctions.
  • Advising and acting for an IG Club in a direct action by a third-party claimant against the Club arising out of a collision.
  • Advising and acting for various vessel interests, cargo interests, commodity traders and ports arising from the local and foreign winding up, scheme of arrangement, judicial management and other insolvency proceedings involving major oil suppliers, traders, and shipping companies.
  • Advising and acting on bill of lading claims, e.g.misdelivery claims, cargo damage claims for claimants and shipowners.
  • Advising in relation to vessels detained overseas.
  • Advising in relation to UN, US, EU and other sanctions, e.g. Iran, Venezuelan, Russian sanctions.
  • Advising and acting for P&I clubs, hull underwriters, shipowners, charterers, port operators and cargo interests in a wide spectrum of maritime casualties within Singapore and in foreign jurisdictions.  These include collisions, berth contact, damage to undersea pipelines, cargo liquefaction, container collapse, tank rupture incidents, fire, and dangerous cargo, resulting in substantial economic claims, personal injury, missing crew, loss of life, etc.
  • Advising and acting in relation to ship sale disputes under various arbitral institutional rules, including subsequent enforcement in the Singapore Courts and overseas for substantial claim amounts.
  • Advising and acting in relation to multi-jurisdictional enforcement of bunker, agency, and other claims against various vessels.
  • Advising and acting for shipowners and charterers in a multitude of charterparty claims and enforcement measures, including arrest, liens over cargo and sub-freights.
  • Advising and acting in relation to claims for and against shipyards.
  • Advising and acting in relation to bunker contamination disputes.
  • Advising on contracts relating to FSOs.
  • Advising a major port on agreements for supply of services.
  • Advising on ship S&P transactions.
  • Advising on berth agreements, repair agreements and other non-contentious aspects involving shipyards.
  • Advising on bills of lading T&Cs.
Reported Judgments
  • The Makassar Caraka Jaya Niaga III-39 [2012] SGHC 175; The Pontianak Caraka Jaya Niaga III-34 [2012] SGHC 176 (successfully challenged claims for Sheriff’s expenses)
  • Anglo-American Corp SdnBhd v The London Steam-ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Ltd and others [2018] SGHC 201 (successfully struck out parts of a claim by a third party collision claimant alleging an agreement by an IG Club to provide security; this case went to trial in 2020/2021, where the remaining claims were dismissed entirely in an unreported judgment in 2022)
  • The “Mount Apo” and the “Hanjin Ras Laffan” [2019] SGHC 57; [2021] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 287 (collision between LNG carrier and cape size bulk carrier in the Singapore Traffic Separation Scheme, which also raised an important issue of title to sue)
  • Sumifru Singapore Pte Ltd v Felix Santos Ishizuka and two others [2020] 4 SLR 904 (successful application for variation of a freezing injunction to police withdrawal of assets)
  • Thoresen Shipping Singapore Pte Ltd and others v Global Symphony SA and others [2020] 5 SLR 843; [2021] Lloyd’s Rep. Plus 58 (limitation fund constituted by way of a letter of undertaking)
  • The “Echo Star” ex “Gas Infinity” [2020] 5 SLR 1025; [2021] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 266 (whether an ex-owner could enter appearance as “defendants” in an in rem action)
  • Sumifru Singapore Pte Ltd v Felix Santos Ishizuka and others [2022] SGHC 14 (successfully claimed on behalf of an employer against a former shipping director and companies he controlled for breaches of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance, and successfully obtained a post-judgment Mareva injunction)
Memberships / Directorships
  • Accredited Specialist, Maritime and Shipping Law
  • Adjunct Fellow of Centre for Maritime Law, National University of Singapore
  • Lecturer, Singapore Shipping Association
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Co-Contributor, Singapore Chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Shipping Law 2016, 4th Edition, 2016