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    Rania Tadros
    Managing Partner, Dubai

    Energy & Infrastructure, Shipping

    T. +971 4 307 6000
    M. +971 50 347 9508
    rania.tadros@incelaw.com

Rania is the Managing Partner of Ince & Co’s Dubai office. Rania qualified as an English solicitor with Ince & Co in London in 2000 and relocated from London to Dubai in 2013 with her family. Her practice focuses on shipping/offshore energy disputes as well commercial support to companies in the shipping and offshore sectors.

Rania has over 19 years’  experience in international commercial arbitration, maritime litigation and advising companies on their commercial contracts.

Energy

Rania has been involved in complex arbitrations and litigation involving the energy and offshore service industry.

Of particular interest to Rania is the energy and offshore support service industry and she is closely involved with a number of the largest providers of offshore support services. She has been involved in significant LondonHigh Court litigation on behalf of an offshore service company and their claim for recovery from the London insurance market.  

Furthermore as a result of her involvement in the leading case of Gdynia v Gearbulk, which concerns the right of a buyer to claim damages from a yard which fails to construct and deliver a vessel, Rania has developed a specialist practice advising on the issues which arise in relation to construction contracts. She has also represented Middle East based offshore support vessel owners in relation to numerous arbitrations against a Yard arising out of termination of the OSV construction contracts. 

Rania was also the lead partner on a matter in arbitration under the DIAC Rules involving a dispute arising out of the sub-contract to carry out the mechanical, electrical and plumbing works of an airport construction project in Dubai, UAE. 

She also frequently advises upon the terms of the Supplytime charter and has been involved in disputes between owners and charterers regarding their respective obligations there under. 

Shipping - wet

As managing partner of Ince & Co’s Dubai office, having previously worked at our London office, Rania has advised on a number of shipping disputes concerning the Middle East, including a number of casualty investigations. She has particular experience dealing with groundings in the Suez Canal and the UAE, and was part of the team that handled the Tropic Brilliance grounding as well as the Ever Smart collision in Jebel Ali 2015.

Shipping - dry

A large portion of Rania’s practice emanates from the maritime world, whether it is in the contentious sphere or providing commercial support to companies in the shipping and offshore sectors.  She regularly advises her clients on matters arising from utilisation of Vessels and offshore structures, limiting and excluding liability, contractual disputes and providing general legal support to companies operating in the offshore world. 

As a result of her involvement in the leading case of Gdynia v Gearbulk,  Rania has developed a specialist shipbuilding practice advising on the issues which arise during and post construction of vessels and offshore structures.

In light of recent fluctuation within the maritime and offshore industries Rania has also been heavily involved of late in number of significant debt collection cases leading to bankruptcy applications being made before UAE Courts under the UAE Bankruptcy Law.   

Recent case examples

Energy - contentious

Representing owners of OSV vessels in their disputes with a shipyard arising out of the termination of numerous construction contracts, to include oversight of the arbitration proceedings in Dubai and mediation.

Energy - non contentious:
Advised Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP) in relation to a 10 year time charter party and drafting LNG storage and regasification agreement with Excelerate Energy Middle East LLC (Excelerate), with a contract value of approximately US$450m. Assisted in the negotiations and drafting of this detailed and technically complex charterparty with the Owners and their legal advisors.  

Shipping - contentious:
Numerous - obtaining arrest orders and releasing vessels from arrest

Shipping - contentious:

Acting for various Owners in relation to claims they
face from physical suppliers of bunkers to their Vessels. The physical
suppliers are unpaid due to the involvement of an insolvent OW entity in the
supply chain.  Including acting for Owners in the first case to come
before the Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation on this issue where Owners were
succesful in defending the claim by the physical suppliers.  Also heavily engaged in negotiations with
physical suppliers in the UAE on behalf of international and UAE shipowners
with a view to reaching an agreement and avoiding arrest/interruption to
trade.

Shipping - contentious

Involved in numerous debt collection matters leading to making bankruptcy application before the UAE Courts. 

Shipping - contentious

Acting for Shipowners seeking to enforce an English Court Judgment against a company based in the UAE through the DIFC Courts as a conduit jurisdiction. This led to a landmark decision by the UAE Judicial Tribunal with respect to the jurisdiction of the DIFC vs Dubai Courts.  

Shipping - non-contentious:
Review of charterparties for Ship owners in relation to the drafting of a bespoke fertiliser voyage charterparty form which the client can use with a variety of shipowners. Assisted the client in their discussions with BIMCO in order to finalise this document and create their own BIMCO charterparty form.


Review of various contract forms including Supplytime contracts, storage and transport contracts, bareboat charters, vessel transfers and many more. 


Expertise:
Energy & Infrastructure, Shipping

Qualified:
Sep 2000

Education (University):
King's College, London

Languages:
English, Arabic (spoken)