Shipping and ports

Our maritime law practice advises shipping companies, charterers and shipowners, as well as trading companies, on all aspects of the carriage of commercial goods and merchandises by sea.

Our expertise covers the full range of charter parties, bills of lading and other sea waybills used in the shipping industry, as well as marine insurance policies, international safety regulations, port authorities and customs regulations, and international labour law governing the employment of seafarers.

In this respect, our practice has advised on issues involving the carriage of oil and gas products, agricultural commodities, manufactured products, as well as dangerous goods, flammable materials and noxious substances.

Our practice also represents operators in litigation proceedings before State courts and arbitral tribunals. In particular, we have handled situations involving cargo damages (containers loss, bacterial contaminations etc.) as well as accidents at sea (fires, collisions, general average).

Our practice finally advises shipping companies in litigations relating to various vessel transactions, including shipbuilding and vessel sales. Our practice also provides an expertise in infrastructure and commercial ports, and has advised on the construction of one of the largest oil terminal in the Arab world.

Focus areas :

Our practice features the following substantive areas :

  • Shipbuilding and ship transactions
  • Chartering and freight shipping
  • Regulation
  • Marine insurance
  • Cargo claims and transport litigation
  • Accidents at sea and liabilities
  • Dispute resolution
  • Execution proceedings and maritime securities
  • Maritime infrastructure and ports