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Thirupathy, Karnan
Karnan Thirupathy
Telephone: +65 6436 4331
Mobile: +65 8500 5185

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 - Recommended Lawyer

Chambers Global 2015 - Leading Individual

Recommended lawyer - The Legal 500 UK 2017

Karnan Thirupathy



  • Handling shipping disputes involving charterparties, contracts of affreightment and bills of lading. Advising on and handling disputes under shipbuilding contracts and vessel sale and purchase agreements.
  • Advising on marine hull, cargo and related marine insurance policies, defending claims against insurers and handling subrogated claims.
  • Acting for owners / operators in disputes under contracts for the supply / charter of support vessels for offshore energy projects.
  • Advising on and handling disputes under commodities sale contracts and related trade finance arrangements.  
  • Acting for clients in international arbitrations in London and across Asia, including as counsel.
  • Advising vessel owners on sanctions compliance issues.

Significant cases

  • Acted for Charterers in multiple arbitration and related court proceedings in disputes arising from the loading of an Indonesian nickel ore cargo and the vessel’s 15 month detention in Indonesia following the implementation of a government restriction on the export of the cargo.
  • Acted for New York listed shipowners in obtaining urgent interim orders against charterers to freeze over US $60m in assets in Singapore in aid of London arbitration and court proceedings.
  • Acted for Singapore OSV owners in claims against an oil major involving contracts for the supply of vessels to an offshore field off Vietnam. 
  • Acted for an international commodities trader in the defence of various claims by buyers under coal contracts and in related claims against an ex-employee in Indonesia who had fraudulently misappropriated the employers’ contracts and monies. 
  • Advising a large Indian MNC and drafting various long term barging contracts for the transportation of coal from mines in Indonesia to the mother vessels at anchorage. The contracts were part of a mine development project undertaken by the Indian MNC.

Clients types

  • Ship Owners/Charterers
  • Commodities Traders
  • Insurers / P&I Clubs
  • Offshore Vessel Owners / Operators

Market Recognition

  • A Leading Individual for 'Shipping (Singapore)'
    Karnan Thirupathy is noted for being "able to offer commercial and practical solutions to problems." 
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2018
  • A Recommended Lawyer for ‘Shipping (Foreign Firms) (Singapore)’
    Karnan Thirupathy is noted for being "insightful and effective". He is described as a "reassuring presence" as well as being "comfortable with cross-border transactions" and providing "clear and measured responses in difficult situations and under tight deadlines." 
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018
  • A Leading Individual for 'Shipping (Singapore)'
    Karnan Thirupathy is noted for his "excellent understanding of the shipping industry and the complexities of doing business across the region". He is described as "commercially minded in his advice, and cost effective in his approach".
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2017
  • A Leading Individual for 'Shipping (Singapore)'
    Karnan Thirupathy "understands shipping very well."
    Chambers Global 2016
  • A Leading Individual for 'Shipping (Singapore)'
    Karnan Thirupathy gives "good, comprehensive advice to his clients."
    Chambers Asia Pacific 2016
  • A Recommended Lawyer for ‘Shipping (Foreign Firms) (Singapore)’
    Karnan Thirupathy is one of "the names to note".
    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016
  • A Leading Individual for 'Shipping'
    “Clients are consistently impressed by his customer service with one describing him as ‘very diligent, knowledgeable, and able to give advice in a precise and concise manner’ adding: ‘he takes the time to get to understand how each client operates.’”
    Chambers Global 2015
  • A Leading Individual for 'International Shipping'
    “Karnan Thirupathy of Kennedys regularly works on shipping, and oil and gas claims for clients across the region, handling matters involving bills of lading, insurance and charterparty issues. According to clients, he is ‘very knowledgeable in the field and able to guide and protect our interests appropriately.’”
    Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
  • Published in Asia’s '40 Under 40' legal minds list
    Asian Legal Business 2015


  • Maritime Law Association of Singapore
  • Singapore Shipping Association (Legal & Insurance Committee)