Maritime and Shipping

The Practice

Arthur Cox has depth of expertise in all areas in the shipping sector. With specialists drawing on finance, contract, corporate, competition, tax, environmental and litigation/dispute resolution backgrounds, Arthur Cox is in a strong position to give best advice to those doing business in this sector.


Shipping Finance

Arthur Cox has acted both for lenders, borrower and other participants in all manner of vessel financings. These include club, bilateral and syndicated financings both on a domestic and cross-border basis involving individuals, corporates and partnerships. We have advised on many tax based structures, joint ventures and a range of corporate and contractual structures. We are well versed in transactions involving first registrations, deregistrations, transfers, sales, mortgages, assignments, leasing, bareboat and time charter arrangements.

Corporate and Contact

The firm has advised on a broad range of matters pertaining to the shipping sector. Work has included advising on marine insurance, moorage issues, contractual and corporate issues, on employment contracts of stevedores and crews, on joint ventures, tax issues, carriage of goods and on conversion of vessels. The firm has also advised on a broad range of contractual documentation and applicable legislation.


We have represented P&I Clubs in connection with ship arrests, collisions and surveys, including in respect of damage to cargo, and has expertise in all kinds of investigations including criminal investigations into the fishing industry and with respect to collisions. It has also been involved in litigation arising as a result of oil pollution, shipping disasters, yacht collisions and cargo disputes.


Arthur Cox is very familiar with the statutory and other legal basis of the various port and water authorities and the competition and regulatory framework (including EC and national measures) around this. There are increasing complex rules applicable to ownership, acquisition and disposal of ports, access and use of infrastructure and on environmental and planning matters associated with ports and waterways and their use. We have acted in many transactions involving these issues and our clients include ports, shipping lines, stevedoring companies and other participants in this sector.