Independent Arbitrator; & President, HKMAG

He has acquired a broad range of knowledge on ship operation and management, liner and tramp business, ship chartering and broking, shipping economics and finance, marine insurance, general legal knowledge, international trade law and shipping law.
Danny speaks and writes Cantonese, Putonghua and English. After graduation, Danny worked for an independent ship management company in Hong Kong as a management trainee. The company provided ship management services to European and Japanese shipowners. During his eight-month tenure, he assumed rotation placements at different departments and visited various types of cargo ships as a boarding agent.
Going forward, Danny joined a publicly listed international shipping company as a shipping executive in 1992. In the early days of the business, the company’s main focus was on ship chartering, operation and trading. It later developed as a major Supramax bulker owner and operator and is now one of the major ship owning / management companies in the world.
Danny was first trained in the post fixture department where he was responsible for checking the charterparties and laytime calculations. He was then involved in operational and chartering works and finally settled in the business department where he assisted and gave advice to his colleagues and handled claims and disputes for the company. The combination of knowledge and experience he had gained in his early days laid the foundation stone of his career.
Danny gained his first arbitration experience in 1992. It was a London arbitration and the dispute was about the validity of the Notice of Readiness tendered at a place where ships usually waited for proceeding further to the river ports. His interest in arbitration had grown immensely since then.
As the company’s business expanded, Danny handled a wide range of shipping and commercial disputes in relation to bareboat charter, time and voyage charters, sale of ship, ship building, ship finance, assignment, bills of lading, cargo claims, agency and sale of goods. He also played an integral role in resolving matters in relation to average damage, collision, general average and salvage. He did adjusting works for appropriate insurance claims.
The well-documented collapse of the financial and shipping markets in 2008 led to a spate of non-performance disputes of all kind. Danny increasingly handled a number of high-value claims which saw him involved in settlement negotiations, arbitrations, court proceedings, cross-border insolvency proceedings, winding up proceedings, mediations, global actions in relation to security for claims and enforcement of the awards and judgments. He came across many interesting and creative arguments and a few deadly tactics.
After 22 years of service, Danny decided to leave the company in order to further his interest in arbitration. He resigned from his position as Director of the Legal Department in July 2014.
Danny has been an independent, full-time maritime and commercial arbitrator since August 2014.


Phone: +852 90832854

E-mail: dannyskmok@yahoo.com.hk

Place of Residence: Hong Kong SAR

Nationality: Chinese

Languages: English, Chinese (Cantonese) and Chinese (Mandarin)


    Council Member, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

    President, Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group

    1991 Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Nautical Department)