Maritime & Shipping Law

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Our lawyers specialise in Maritime or Shipping Law matters

South Africa is a favoured arrest jurisdiction for shipping service providers and suppliers, South Africa is well known for its speedy and efficient arrest procedures.

We’re experienced in ship arrests, attachments and security attachments, insurance disputes, registration and classification of vessels, judicial sales of vessels, lodging and adjudication of claims by referees, construction disputes, carriage and cargo disputes. We have also been active in disputes in the local yachting industry.

We’ve successfully protected yacht builders in arbitration proceedings; we’ve has also guided foreign clients through the construction of new yachts, protecting their investments and resolving construction disputes with our team of experts.

Contact us today for an introductory chat, and let’s see how we can help you.

Common questions we’re often asked regarding Maritime & Shipping Law:

How is maritime law enforced?

How is maritime law enforced?

A local court must have or needs to be conferred with jurisdiction which, in an action against a non-South African resident, is generally effected by an arrest or attachment of his or her vessel or other property in South Africa or within its territorial waters.

Is there a difference between admiralty and maritime law?

Is there a difference between admiralty and maritime law?

No, it’s one and the same. There is actually no difference between admiralty law and maritime law and the two are often used interchangeably.

These laws cover a variety of cases including contracts, injuries, and other offences that take place on any navigable water.

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