Shipping & Maritime Law practice

Shipping & Maritime Law practice

Al Alawi’s shipping team has a long and enviable reputation for dealing with all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious shipping-related work. We advise in a wide range of coverage disputes and in subrogated recovery actions.

We combine long experience in ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ shipping law and have extensive contacts in the shipping industries, enabling us to reach out to suitable technical experts with a network of international maritime law firms, and to advise on choice of arbitrator.

Our lawyers specialize in providing advice and support to clients on:

·                    Sale and purchase of vessels: NSF, BIMCO forms & contracts, LR forms

·                    Negotiating contracts of carriage, multi-year charter parties, ship finance agreements and litigation

·                    Bills of Lading Contracts

·                    Admiralty Law

·                    General Average: Coverage for General Average: Rights and remedies of the interests inter se

·                    Salvage cases and Collisions: LOF, Salvors’ claim, Interlocutory remedies and getting the freezing order

·                    Floating storage ships establishment & STS operation contracts

·                    Ship construction contracts

·                    Marine Insurance Law,  insurance and reinsurance, including extensive contractual as well as litigation experience both for and against underwriter on interpretation and coverage matters including negotiation of letters of undertaking both for and with protection and indemnity insurance associations (P&I Clubs), SCOPIC

·                    Maritime Liens

·                    Valuing losses and assessing contributory values

·                    Cargo claims negotiations and litigation, both as plaintiff and defendant

·                    Ship arrest: Procedures for arresting ships

·                    NVOCC and Freight Forwarders

·                    Ship registration and transfer of registry issues

·                    Negotiating major leases for specific port and maritime operations and rights-of-way for pipeline systems intended for the import and export of liquid bulk product

·                    Port concessions, including the establishment of minimum wharfage guarantees, operation rules, the application of the ISPS Code requirements, and specific operational needs for users

·                    Ship Finance Law: Forms of transactions-formalities and boilerplate, Pre-drawdown, Post-drawdown, Period of deterioration of relations, Enforcement of Security

·                    Legal Intervention for Oil and Chemical pollution from ships, Bunker oil pollution, Hazardous and Noxious substances

·                    MLC 2006, title S compliance and enforcement, SOLAS/MARPOL/STCW, Compliance monitoring and enforcement principles