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Shipping & Maritime

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Shipping & Maritime

As the world’s oldest legal practice area Shipping and Maritime is closely related to other practice areas including transport, international trade, international settlements and insurance. Zhong Lun’s Shipping and Maritime legal services team has efficiently and effectively represented our clients, at home or abroad, in cases with regard to extended affairs from above-mentioned activities.  

Scope of Services

Maritime-Related Issues
  • Collisions with ships or rocks, groundings, strandings
  • Damage caused by vessels to fishing facilities, fish farming facilities, farmed seafood and above-water or underwater facilities
  • Marine engineering and product quality liability
  • Wrongful lien on ships, cargo, materials/fuel/spare parts of ships
  • Marine pollution and cleanup
  • Marine salvage, towage and recovery of sunken ships
  • General average
  • Maritime personal injury
  • Shipping fraud
  • Other maritime torts
Maritime Commercial Issues
  • Maritime cargo and carriage contracts (including damage to cargo, cargo shortages, release of cargo without original bill of lading, transfer of bill of lading, etc.)
  • Disputes regarding charter contracts (time charter, bareboat charter, etc.)
  • Sale, purchase, lease, financing and management of ships and vessels Shipbuilding, repair and engineering
  • Ship ownership, priority, lien and pledge
  • Contracts of towage and pilotage
  • Ship and cargo agency, logistics and storage
  • Contracts regarding the materials, fuel and spare parts of ships
  • Maritime labor and employment issues
  • Port/pier leasing, operation and management
  • The management, mortgage, pledge, financing and leasing of the cargo, facilities and containers at port
  • Guarantees related to maritime transport, sale and purchase of ships, marine engineering, operation and management of ports, independent guarantees and letters of credit
  • Marine insurance and indemnity insurance contracts
Special Maritime Procedures
  • Security of maritime claim, maritime evidence preservation and maritime injunction
  • The recognition and enforcement of foreign-related arbitral awards 
  • Limitation fund for compensation for maritime claims (including limitation fund for compensation for oil pollution damage)
Trade
  • International trade contracts
  • International trade settlement and letters of credit
Non-litigation Cases
  • Ship financing and shipping container financing
  • Acting as long-term legal counsel for vessel owners, builders, logistics, traders, shipping companies etc.