Jeffrey Blum FICS FCIArb
Member, The Baltic Exchange
Maritime Lecturer and Maritime Arbitrator
Maritime and Commodities Commercial Claims Consultant
Supporting Member, London Maritime Arbitrators Association
Jeffrey Blum has been involved in shipping and trading since 1972. He is the fourth generation of a shipping family, has been a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1976 and has worked with a Lloyd's underwriter and as a shipbroker, charterer, ship owner, ship operator, gasoil futures broker and commodities trader in London and abroad.
Interlink International Trading (UK) Ltd was founded by him in 1994, providing maritime and commodities commercial claims consultancy and bespoke corporate training. His clients include oil majors, commodity traders, shipowners, P&I Clubs, shipbrokers, law firms, governments and international shipping organisations.
In 2002, Jeffrey founded and is the principal lecturer of Maritime Education & Training Ltd.
He has written articles for trade magazines and chapters for several trade books. He is revising the 12th edition of a major shipping textbook.
An Honorary Associate since 1979, he achieved Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1997. He is a long-term Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and has been an arbitrator (both sole and tribunal) and expert witness on many cases since 1983. In addition, he is on the Baltic Exchange Experts Panel and has been part of the Council of the International Commodity and Shipping Arbitration Service (ICSAS) since its inception in 2005.
He achieved Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers by examination in 1979 and has served on the ICS International Controlling Council, Membership Committee and the UK & Ireland Zone Committee. He has served on the London & South East Branch Committee since 1983, including as its Education Officer 2000 - 2015, Chairman 2005-2007 and Vice Chairman 2015-2017.
Since 1984 he has been lecturing on several subjects of Maritime Studies and Law at universities and colleges in London and throughout the UK. He lectures annually as a Visiting Professor at both the IMO’s World Maritime University and the Shanghai Maritime University and is a frequent guest presenter at bespoke and public seminars worldwide.