On May 14, 2018 (Vancouver time), CMAC and Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (VMAA) jointly organized a maritime arbitration seminar in Vancouver. Over 30 participants from both sides attended the seminar.

At the seminar, Dr. Chen Bo, Vice General-Secretary and Vice President of the Arbitration Court of CMAC first introduced the history of Chinese maritime arbitration and the development of CMAC, including the caseload,, the establishment of CMAC branches, and the advantages of CMAC Arbitration Rules. Prof.Wang Guohua, CMAC arbitrator and Dean of Shanghai Maritime University School of Law, delivered a speech on improving and revising the conflict law rules in the Maritime Code of P.R.C Mr. Zhang Xubo, CMAC arbitrator and partner of Fairicc Survey & Loss Adjusting Co., Ltd, introduced general average practices in China. Mr. Xu Huilin, CMAC arbitrator and general manager of Tianan Property Insurance Co., Ltd, introduced the development of China’s marine insurance business. Mr. John McIntyre and Mr. Peter Swanson from VMAA, separately introduced the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Canada. During the Q&A session, the Canadian participants raised questions like the status quo of ad hoc arbitration in China and other questions that interested them in the previous speeches.

After the seminar and on the evening of May 14, CMAC and VMAA held a ceremony for signing the new CMAC-VMAA Cooperation Agreement. Previously, CMAC and VMAA have signed the Cooperation Agreement back in May 2012, based on the shared concept of establishing fair and efficient arbitral procedures to promote the development of international shipping industry. Since then, the two sides have organized a series of activities aiming at enhancing mutual exchanges. The CMAC-VMAA Cooperation Agreement signed this time propel the cooperation between sides to a new level, intending to facilitate the cooperation between China and Canada in terms of maritime industry in a deeper and wider scope.