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Eckehard Volz

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Eckehard Volz

Eckehard Volz

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Dr. Eckehard Volz is the head of the Hamburg admiralty and energy & offshore team. His practice encompasses shipping, marine insurance and energy & offshore matters.

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Dr. Eckehard Volz is the head of the Hamburg admiralty and energy & offshore team. His practice encompasses shipping, marine insurance and energy & offshore matters.

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For many years Eckehard has been recommended and considered as one of the “leading individuals for shipping and marine insurance” in Germany. With his seagoing background and nautical experience, Eckehard is well placed to advise on all aspects of Admiralty Law, P&I and Marine Insurance as well as ship management matters. In addition to his expertise in shipping and marine insurance, Eckehard advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, including construction and engineering projects. As a dedicated and experienced litigator, he has extensive experience of commercial litigation and arbitration cases and has been involved in a number of major shipbuilding and high stake energy risk disputes.

Eckehard acts for shipowners, managers, charterers, pilots, P&I clubs and hull underwriters particularly on coverage issues arising out of major maritime accidents and related P&I claims. He has extensive experience of handling complex admiralty matters and has been involved in a number of high profile major casualties, including collisions, personal injury claims, fires, groundings, salvage and crane collapse cases. Eckehard's experience includes marine casualty investigation in the aftermath of an incident as well as forum shopping, ship arrests, the negotiating, litigating and arbitrating of shipping and marine insurance matters for both, the insured and for the insurers. In addition to his shipping and marine insurance practice, Eckehard has a large amount of experience in shipbuilding disputes, including in relation to delay, cancellation, shipyard insolvency, quality disputes and refund guarantee claims. He often advises suppliers of German shipyards.

As the head of the Hamburg energy team Eckehard is heavily involved in energy & offshore matters. He acts for major energy industry contractors, operators, insurers and suppliers in both the onshore and offshore sectors with a particular focus on renewables. He advises on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, including construction and engineering projects, as well as during the execution phase of offshore and infrastructure projects. His expertise covers a wide range of offshore transport, construction and installation contracts including, inter alia, FIDIC contracts and BIMCO charterparties. As a dedicated and experienced litigator, he has extensive experience of commercial litigation and arbitration cases and has been involved in a number of complex large scale energy risk and infrastructure disputes including delay, variation order, construction and engineering disputes in various jurisdictions.

Eckehard has been ranked as a Leading Individual for Maritime & Shipping by Legal 500 Deutschland since 2018 and is ranked in Band 2 in Germany Transportation: Shipping: Litigation by Chambers Europe 2020. He is a member of the GMAA and DIS.

A specialist for controversial disputes in the maritime industry

June 2018

He works hard and responds quickly

Chambers & Partners, Europe 2020

A skilled litigator, representing international shipping companies in high-profile, high-stakes disputes. He is especially well versed in admiralty law and P&I insurance

Chambers & Partners, 2017

Leading individual, highly competent and providing quick solutions

Legal 500, Middle East & Africa

Good communication, commercial thinking and outstanding negotiation skills

Legal 500, Germany 2017

Leading Individual in Maritime & Shipping

Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 results

They have been covering every base and have been helping wherever we needed them to. Our Experience with the team has been nothing but positive. They are agile and extra ordinary in dealing with short deadlines.

Chambers Europe 2021 results

nominated by your peers as one of the world's leading practitioners in this field

Who's Who Legal: Transport 2021

 

Experience

Shipping

  • Heavy weather damage on board a container vessel including the loss of cargo;
  • Fire on board a passenger ferry including personal injury claims;
  • Collision of two bulk carriers in Asia including forum shopping and the limitation of liability in various jurisdictions;
  • Commercial dispute between salvors and hull underwriters after the grounding of a large container vessel;
  • Commercial dispute between shipyard and owners’ P&I Club after the collapse of the shipyard’s 100 t crane.

Energy

  • Advising an international contractor in European tender proceedings relating to a contract (FIDIC) for engineering, manufacturing, loading, transport and crane operations of WTGs for an offshore wind farm;
  • Advising a steel supplier in relation to a high stake commercial litigation and arbitration case in relation to the defective construction of a transformer platform;
  • Advising an employer in relation to an arbitration case dealing with the delay of the construction of a wind farm;
  • Drafting and advising on the terms of a tailor made project development and management service agreement relating to the construction of a windfarm;
  • Advising Dutch shipowners /contractor in relation to a dispute on the offshore employment act.
Sectors

Sectors

  • Casualty, Salvage & Wreck Removal

  • Charterparties

  • Energy & Natural Resources

  • Infrastructure

  • Logistics & Warehousing

  • Marine

  • Marine Insurance

  • Owners & Operators

  • Power & Renewables

  • Shipbuilding & Offshore Construction

  • Trade & Commodities

Services

Services

  • Commercial Disputes

  • Corporate Debt Recovery

  • Enforcement

  • International Arbitration

  • Projects & Construction

  • Trade Credit & Government Guarantee

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