Maritime Law is often referred to as Admiralty Law and is a branch of law that regulates commerce and navigation on the seas in the form of Shipping and Trade. The laws and regulations that govern Shipping and Trade are both international and domestic in nature and it is this complex web or Maritime Laws that require a Maritime Lawyer who can confidently navigate you through this legal minefield.
Specifically, Admiralty law regulates the enforcement of contracts by way of making provision for damages to parties who have suffered some form of loss at the hands of a contracting party who has failed to honour or perform the agreement. The complexity of Admiralty Law is exemplified when making a claim. As a contractual clause as described above, must be considered in respect to the principle of general average which contemplates the voluntary sacrifice made by the master of the ship in respect of cargo, equipment or funds in order to mitigate further losses or damage in an emergency. The loss suffered by parties is thus shared amongst other parties who have shared in the relevant venture. Further, a force majeure clause may need to be considered, as this usually relieves a party from any liabilities or obligations whenever an extraordinary or unpredictable event occurs such as a war, strike, or an act of God.
Your solicitors at Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors are able to navigate through the broad spectrum of contractual agreements, national and international laws; customs and excise regulations; the fishing industry; human rights and employment issues usually relating to the crew; insurance claims; property damage; the implications of stowaways on vessels; pollution; personal injuries; wreck and salvage; piracy; and container and passenger liner matters.
We can assist you in the following services:
- Admiralty claims in Personam and in Rem,
- Arrest of ships and sister ships
- Ownership disputes
- Arbitration and mediation
- Ships bills of lading
- Ships charter party drafting and disputes
- Carriage of goods, cargo shortage, contamination and damage
- Ship casualties, collision, fire, salvage,
- Ship conference and consortia agreements
- Freight contracts
- Liner shipping
- Marine and personal insurance
- Ship’s pollution and environmental issues
- Port operations
- Fishing vessel issues
- Ship sale, purchase, building and repair