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Shipbuilding & Offshore Construction

Advising on every aspect of shipbuilding, offshore construction & refitting.

Our shipbuilding & offshore team  has extensive experience in providing legal advice to buyers and shipyards on large scale projects including negotiating, drafting, amending, renegotiating and restructuring contracts. We advise on all types of vessels including FPSOs and drill ships. The ability to act for both builders and owners in the shipbuilding cycle gives us an insight into both sides of any matter.

We can assist in both advisory and contentious matters, whether dealing with new build, conversion, shipbreaking or ship recycling. In contentious matters, we can advise on all aspects of a dispute on the basis of our lawyers’ experience and understanding  of the technical issues that may arise.

Our Shipbuilding & Offshore Construction Work

  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • 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

  • 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


    Acting for rig builder in relation to a SCMA arbitration on time claims

    Acting for an Asian rig builder in relation to a SCMA arbitration with owner over termination of the contract, delay and extension of time claims


    Far East shipbuilding contract

    Advising a shipowner on the form of its shipbuilding contract and related security and ancillary arrangements for a series of tanker newbuilds with Far Eastern shipyards

    South Korea
  • 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


    Vessel fires

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

    United Arab Emirates
  • Contract for a prototype vessel

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

    Russian Federation

    Warranty claims brought before the High Court

    Star Polaris v HHIC – successfully defeating warranty claims brought by the Buyer and removing liability for financial loss before the High Court

    United Kingdom