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Charterparties

Acting for vessel owners, charterers and traders on all charterparty issues.

Our team advises on all issues relating to charterparties, whether transactional  or contentious. From drafting standard time and voyage charterparty contracts , contracts of affreightment, or long term time charterparty arrangements, to dealing with  problems that may arise such as breach of contract, loss of profit claims, unsafe port and berth claims, failure to pay hire or freight by charterers, cargo disputes and advice on contractual terms, we offer comprehensive market-leading expertise.

We also assist clients when dealing with associated regulatory issues and compliance with international obligations and treaties, which have proved to be particularly important in an industry which spans jurisdictions.

Our Charterparties Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • UK & Europe
  • Hijacking charter hire dispute

    Advising an agricultural company on a charter hire dispute following the hijacking of a vessel by pirates near Somalia, saving our client over USD 3 million

    Somalia
  • MSC NAPOLI structural damage

    Advising on a container vessel which suffered structural damage whilst on a voyage from Northwest Europe to South Africa laden with approximately 2,600 containers
    Advising owners in relation to longterm time charters for a series of newbuild 1000teu container ships

    United States
  • Container loss due to cyclone in the Bay of Bengal

    Acting for the P&I insurer of the lead charterers in relation to the loss overboard of 22 containers following a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal

    Bangladesh
  • Charter Restructuring Agreement and payment obligations dispute

    Advising the owners of 8 vessels regarding a dispute over the rectification of a Charter Restructuring Agreement which altered the charterers' payment obligations under 8 long-term time charters

    Germany

    'Piercing the corporate veil' - Fraudulent chartering scheme

    Successfully acting on a major London High Court case regarding the recovery of the proceeds of a fraudulent chartering scheme concerning the Latvian Shipping Company’s fleet of vessels. A new precedent was set on establishing English jurisdiction on the basis of piercing the corporate veil

    Latvia

    Financing of new build LNG carrier

    Representing major Spanish commercial interests in relation to the tax lease finance of a newbuild LNG carrier, and also advising on issues arising out of the Bareboat Charter, Conditional Sale, Master, and Put Option Agreements

    Spain

    Forward freight agreement dispute

    Representing one of the world’s largest mining and global resources companies on a substantial dispute under forward freight agreements

    United Kingdom

    "THE CAPTAIN STEFANOS" piracy dispute

    Successfully acting for the charterer in a Court of Appeal dispute regarding piracy issues under NYPE form, particularly whether a vessel is off-hire during a hijacking by pirates

    United Kingdom

    Newbuild containership longterm time charters

    Advising owners in relation to longterm time charters for a series of newbuild 1000teu container ships

    United Kingdom

    Chaterparty contract dispute

    Advising Globalia in a dispute regarding the breach of a charterparty contract, which has already been heard at arbitration. However, the owners have been given permission to appeal the judgement as this point of law is in relation to the calculation of quantum, in circumstances where there was...

    United Kingdom

    "PACIFIC VOYAGER" High Court Case

    Representing CSSA Chartering and Shipping Services SA ("PACIFIC VOYAGER") in a landmark charterparty case before the High Court. This case dealt with the nature of a shipowner's obligation to proceed to the loadport with utmost despatch.

    United Kingdom

Our Charterparties team

Leon Alexander
Leon Alexander

Partner

Jane Andrewartha
Jane Andrewartha

Partner

Rebecca Armstrong
Rebecca Armstrong

Partner

David Bennet
David Bennet

Partner

Andrew Bicknell
Andrew Bicknell

Partner

Ik Wei Chong
Ik Wei Chong

Partner / Managing Director, Asia

Conte Cicala
Conte Cicala

Partner

Eleanor Coates
Eleanor Coates

Partner

Beth Cubitt
Beth Cubitt

Partner

Simon Culhane
Simon Culhane

Partner

Fernando Escamilla
Fernando Escamilla

Partner

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