The most known shipping contracts are contracts of affreightment. Wowever, we are specialist in full range of shipping contracts.
The contracts of affreightment are contracts between the ship-owners and another persons (called the charterers), in which the ship-owners agree to carry goods for the charterers in the ship, or to give the charterers the use of the whole or part of the ship’s cargo-carrying space for the carriage of goods on a specified voyage or voyages or for a specified time. The charterers agree to pay a specified price, called freight, for the carriage of the goods or the use of the ship.
We advise on the full range of shipping contracts including bareboat, time and voyage charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, slot charters, newbuilding contracts, port and terminal contracts and sale and purchase.
As well as being able to advise and handle the full range of disputes that can occur when operating under shipping contracts, we draft everything from bespoke clauses dealing with a particular situation that has arisen to entire commercial contracts.
By working closely with our clients’ commercial and operations departments we have a unique approach to dispute resolution, often giving the edge to a client’s case, by understanding the commercial reality of the situation and the client’s needs, be that a final judgment to provide certainty for future operations or a commercial settlement.
Our shipping contracts practice is offered to all leading shipping operators such as :
- Ship owners.
- Cruise and ferry operators.
- P&I clubs.
- Port and terminal operators.
- Underwriters and traders.
- Cargo, logistics and warehousing industries.
We can help you with:
- Bills of lading
- Charter parties
- Contracts of affreightment
- Marine service contracts
- Maritime security contracts
- Private submissions to arbitration
- Repair and conversion contracts