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Clyde & Co provides marine clients internationally with full-service legal solutions.

Legal advice from sector specialists

Legal advice from sector specialists

Our marine lawyers are based in over 25 locations across five continents, delivering comprehensive, commercially focused advice in all time zones.

Our history of over 80 years' experience in the marine market, making us one of the oldest maritime law firms in the world, enables us to keep our focus forward,  helping our clients respond to fundamental changes in an increasingly challenging geopolitical and regulatory landscape.

We help our clients grow, diversify, and adapt no matter what the project or location, proudly representing anyone engaged in marine transportation and projects around the world.

We work closely with our insurance, trade and energy teams to provide market-leading, cross-sector support to those who rely on, support and facilitate marine transportation.

Our Marine Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Coverage advice to Cargo Insurers in relation to loss/ seizure in West Africa

    Advising cargo insurers on coverage issues arising in relation to claims by the insured for loss/seizure/misappropriation of rice and veg oil cargoes in West Africa

    Cote dIvoire

    Potential sanctions breach chartering Libyan crude oil

    Advising an owner in relation to a voyage order from charterers to load a crude oil cargo out of Libya, including as to whether the owner could comply with the voyage order without being in breach of sanctions


    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


    Total loss of the Kiani Situ

    Advising cargo insurers after a bulk carrier ran aground with a cargo of rice. The vessel was refloated but it was not possible to bring it to port due to damage to the hull and the vessel subsequently sank

    South Africa

    Sinking the MSC Napoli and the loss of over 2000 containers

    Advising on the MSC Napoli, a container vessel which suffered structural damage whilst on a voyage from Northwest Europe to South Africa laden with approximately 2,600 containers

    South Africa
  • Floating unit collision USD 20 million claim

    Acting for an insurer in relation to the P-XXV case involving a USD 20 million claim by a Brazilian insured for loss and damage following the collision of a floating unit


    Shipbuilding contracts for two shuttle tankers

    Advising owners on a shipbuilding contract and time charter of two shuttle tankers under construction for employment in Brazil


    Four charterparty arbitrations

    Advising on four separate charterparty arbitrations in relation to two vessels, with issues including payments of rent, early termination, delay due to poor maintenance and provision of spares, technical management fees, dry-docking, various costs


    MSC Flaminia major onboard fire

    Advising insurers on substantial claims for cargo loss and damage following a major fire on board a containership, during which several crew died, the ship was heavily damaged and at least 60% of the cargo on board was destroyed

    United States

    Longshoremans personal injury claim

    Acting in the successful defence of the shipowners and the manager of a serious personal injury claim by a longshoreman for a crushed hand during loading of a cargo container ship at New York Container Terminal

    United States

    Salvage of Golden Seas

    Acting for owners and their P&I Club in the USD 4 million salvage of the vessel off Alaska, dealing with Lloyds Open Form salvage, General Average, salvage indemnity, cargo damage and a casualty investigation

    United States

    Acquiring tonnage with a syndicated credit facility

    Advising on the acquisition of both newbuild and second hand tonnage, which involved a large syndicated credit facility for a shipping company backed by a private equity fund, providing advice on the security documentation and advising on completion of a series of closings on sale and purchase...

    United States

    US defence contractor property damage and business interruption dispute

    Advising and conducting defence of major reinsurance carrier in reinsurance dispute (Bermuda Form arbitration) with US defence contractor in relation to USD 1 billion property damage and business interruption claim following damage to its Gulf Coast shipyards and 15 US naval vessels under...

    United States

    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

    Offshore labour law obligations

    Advising in connection with breach of warranties arising out of tax and labour law obligations regarding a rig’s operations offshore Venezuela

  • 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


    Cross-border multi party collision arbitration

    Advising a major Chinese shipowner and its UK-based P&I Club in a significant cross-border, multi-party arbitration arising out of the collision of a vessel with a loading berth in Brazil


    Blue Seas vessel collision

    Successfully acting for sellers and their P&I Club on a sale/purchase dispute after the vessel was involved in a collision in China hours before due delivery. Our client cancelled for non-payment of the balance price and claimed the deposit. The buyers argued they were not in default as the ship...


    USD 105 million bulk carrier newbuild dispute

    Acting for an owner/operator and its P&I Club against a Chinese shipyard and trading house in relation to the building of four bulk carriers, with a total value of USD 105 million. By winning the arbitration for the first vessel, the case was subsequently settled and our clients were able to...


    Construction of LNG carriers

    Negotiating contracts with Chinese shipyards (mainly Hu Dong Zhong in Shanghai) for the construction of LNG carriers using the GTT No 96 membrane containment system


    Large pipeline rupture offshore Hainan

    Acting for subrogated insurers in a recovery action in respect of a large pipeline rupture offshore Hainan, China the most high-profile and serious oil pollution incident in China’s maritime history


    Cargo claims against a large number of NVOCCs

    Assisting a number of cargo insurers to pursue cargo claims against a large number of NVOCCs in Hong Kong in relation to the loss of cargoes as a result of the sinking of the carrying container vessel in June 2013

    Hong Kong

    Bombay High North vessel collision with oil platform

    Advising in relation to an oil platform off the coast of India which was destroyed by a fire following a supply ship collision


    Largest warehouse cargo fraud case in a decade

    Acting for insurers to defend a cargo claim following a warehouse fraud in which 144,000 MT of soybeans were lost. This case is thought to be the largest single cargo insurance case in the last decade


    NYK Argus onboard fire

    Instructed by Japanese owners and their P&I Club on the biggest container ship case in recent years, following a fire on board the vessel causing damage to high value electronic equipment

  • Tendering for construction of a floating dry dock

    Preparing tender documentation for the construction of a floating dry dock, including a specimen shipbuilding contract, for use by Bahrain Ship Repairing and Engineering Company for the acquisition of a second floating dry dock


    Total loss of Atlantik Confidence

    Advising on the total loss of a bulk carrier and its cargo following a fire in the engine room. We have been acting for the owner to establish a limitation fund in the English courts, using a P&I Club letter of undertaking


    Capsize of the offshore vessel Demas Victory

    Acting for insurers in relation to the “Demas Victory”, an offshore supply vessel, which capsized inbound to Qatar resulting in 30 deaths and ensuing criminal and civil proceedings, insurance and blood money issues


    Vessel fires

    Advising shipyards in the UAE and KSA on claims arising from fires on board vessels whilst in dry-docks

    United Arab Emirates

    Legal review

    Advising on the legal review of the draft Implementing Regulations of Law No. (11) of 2010 concerning Registration of Vessels in the Emirate of Dubai.

    United Arab Emirates

    Government of Bahrain

    Advising the Ministry of Finance in Bahrain in respect of the privatisation of Bahrain's ports.  The project involved a complete review of the existing legal structure, and the drafting of a new legislative regime for the regulation of port activities.

    United Arab Emirates

    Advising on charter parties

    Advising on regulatory issues in the registration of ships and pleasure craft in the UAE and under other flags; advising owners on the acquisition of an offshore drill rig; advising owners on reflagging of a jack-up accommodation barge.

    United Arab Emirates

    Onboard container ship explosion

    Advising on a major casualty case involving a 64,000 GT container vessel following a serious explosion in the engine room which caused a fire that spread through the ship, causing secondary explosions from seven containers full of fireworks which ignited


    Holy Light global cargo claim

    Acting for shipowners and their P&I Club in a highly contentious USD 2 million cargo claim in Yemen, which involved managing complex interlinking proceedings worldwide and recovery action against the charterers’ group


    Advising multiple cargo insurers on largest container vessel to ever be lost

    Advising multiple cargo insurers on the total loss of USD 300 million of cargo after container broke in two, caught fire and sank in two sections, losing all 4,382 containers on board. This is the largest container vessel ever to be lost

  • Administration of Speedferries Limited

    Securing the release of a fast ferry from arrest in France via applications in both English and French courts, and dealing with various claims to rights of ownership over the vessel during an administration, including selling the vessel through judicial sale in the admiralty court.


    Sale and charter back transaction

    Acting for a significant container ship owner in a large sale and charter back transaction involving complex French tax leases, chartering structures and second ranking security for investor groups


    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


    Financing the purchase of Germany's largest cruise ships

    Acting for a leading cruise ship owner as borrower in relation to financing the purchase of new build cruise vessels including the largest cruise ships to be built in Germany


    Pursuing recovery for loss of cargo following collision

    Bahamian-flagged car carrier that sank in the North Sea after a collision with the Cyprus-registered container ship. (Loss amount USD 35 million)


    '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


    USD 575 million Norwegian bond issue

    Acting for Sea Trucks Group on the shipping matters relating to a USD 575 million Norwegian Bond issue, including the release of current financing and security for over 50 vessels registered in various jurisdictions which was recognised with a 2013 Deal Maker Of the Year Award by Finance Monthly...


    Chemical tanker explosion

    Advising on the explosion within a chemical tanker after a gas injection into a void space from its cargo of naphtha caused structural damage from the fire and the death of a crewman, whilst off the coast of Lisbon


    Contract for a prototype vessel

    Advising on a contract for a prototype double-acting arctic container vessel for MMC Norilsk Nickel

    Russian Federation

    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