Shipping

Stephenson Harwood is recognised as having one of the world’s leading shipping practices. With offices in key trading hubs we offer comprehensive, specialist shipping advice with a reputation for strength in depth and a strong commercial focus.
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Stephenson Harwood’s lawyers are market leading and uniquely specialist in ship finance, marine insurance, maritime litigation and arbitration, corporate and tax services. Whether you’re a major ship finance bank, the world’s largest shipping or offshore company, marine insurer, IG P&I club or the world’s leading shipyard, our team has the specialist experience to understand your business needs and the capacity to deliver the service you require.

From our offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus, Singapore and Seoul, we routinely act in high-profile disputes involving complex legal and commercial problems throughout the world. With our long track record of representing best in class maritime companies all over the world, you can be sure of the highest quality of service every time.

"They are very knowledgeable, they are available 24 hours a day and the expertise and guidance are top-notch"
Chambers UK 2015

Collision/cargo loss

We advised following a major collision which caused the spillage of a substantial part of a cargo of aviation fuel and involved limitation proceedings in Holland and Germany.

Unsafe port

We advised our client in relation to a grounding in the Orinoco river which led to a US$20 million unsafe port claim with arbitration proceedings in London and New York.

General average claims - engine damage

We advised on a case involving main engine damage which resulted in a long tow to the discharge port and connected general average claims.

The Fiona Trust litigation

We advised the successful parties against claims totalling US$1 billion in respect of alleged bribery in the Fiona Trust litigation.

Cargo of iron ore

We advised the bulk carrier owners following the loading of a cargo of iron ore with high moisture content at an Indian port. There was a high risk of liquefaction of the cargo and listing of the vessel.

Cargo claim for damage to a cargo of bananas

We acted for Japanese owners in a cargo claim brought by Russian consignees arising out of alleged damage to a cargo of bananas shipped from Ecuador to St Petersburg.

Casualty of a vessel carrying ISO tank containers

We advised on the serious casualty of a vessel carrying ISO tank containers of ethylene following a major explosion on deck that destroyed the containers.

Detained oil cargoes

We advised on various oil cargoes, each worth over US$100 million, which were detained in Sudan due to internal conflicts between the government of Sudan and South Sudan.

Bunker dispute

We advised Korean charterers on claims arising out of the alleged supply of off-specification bunkers which allegedly resulted in the catastrophic failure of the main engine on board a fully laden container vessel.

Merger - Braemar  and ACM Shipping

We advised Westhouse Securities as financial advisor and corporate broker to Braemar Shipping Services Plc in Braemar Seascope’s merger with ACM Shipping Group Plc, to create a combined ship-broking business worth £170 million.

Iranian sanctions and asset freezing

We successfully acted for National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) in its case against the Council of the EU in the General Court of the EU in respect of its application for annulment of its designation and asset freeze.
Lawyer

Rovine Chandrasekera Managing partner of the Dubai office

T:  +971 4 407 3901
M:  +971 55 899 3951 Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai

Lawyer

Michael Kim Office managing partner

T:  + 82 2 6138 4888
M:  + 82 10 2005 1690 Email Michael | Vcard Office:  Seoul

Lawyer

Mike Phillips Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2627
M:  +44 7824 814 433 Email Mike | Vcard Office:  London

Lawyer

Andrew Rigden Green Partner

T:  +852 2533 2761
M:  +852 6013 2520 Email Andrew | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

Lawyer

Durai Shunmugam Partner

T:  +65 6226 1600
M:  Email Durai | Vcard Office:  Singapore

Latest news & insights

19 Oct 2016

From Insights

ShippingBulletin - October 2016

In this issue we look at limitation of liability - breaking limit - scuttling, whether payment of hire a condition, cruise ship - negligent repairs - liquidated damage..

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04 Aug 2016

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Atlasnavios – Navegacao Lda v Navigators Insurance

The Court of Appeal in the 'B Atlantic' case has allowed insurers' appeal and held that there is no cover under the standard war risks policy for vessels caught smuggl..

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01 Aug 2016

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Can shipowners waive their right to limit their liability?

We discuss the judgment in Bahamas Oil Refining Company International v Owners of The Cape Bari, a decision which has attracted considerable interest in the shipping i..

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27 Jul 2016

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Maritime law and insolvency

This article highlights some of the features of the maritime industry that may have an impact on the unwary.

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11 May 2016

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The "GLOBAL SANTOSH" - off-hire during arrest?

In this alert, we report on the Supreme Court decision in NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) NV v Cargill International SA [2016] UKSC 20.

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03 May 2016

From Insights

ShippingBulletin - May 2016

In this issue we look at clause paramount - Hague or Hague-Visby Rules applicable? COA - repudiatory breach plus more.

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24 Feb 2016

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Stephenson Harwood – proud sponsors of The Marine Money Conference, 25 February 2016

Ship finance partners Jonathan Ward, Julie Clegg and Nigel Bowen-Morris look forward to meeting delegates at the industry leading conference.

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10 Dec 2015

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Choppy waters

Andrew Rigden Green has recently been interviewed by Asian Legal Business. The interview has been featured in the November 2015 issue.

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19 Nov 2015

From Insights

ShippingBulletin - November 2015

In this issue we look at lien over cargo, bunker supply contract, voyage charter, lien - proceeds of sale plus more.

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06 Jul 2015

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ShippingBulletin - July 2015

In this issue we look at Demurrage time bar - BPVOY4 - "all supporting documentation" plus more.

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03 Apr 2015

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Wreck Removal Convention comes into force

We look at the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention which comes into force on 14 April 2015.

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02 Mar 2015

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Media coverage: Le journal de la Marine Marchan - L'admissibilité de la rançon dans l'avarie commune

Ezio Dal Maso comments on the "Longchamp" case regarding the contribution in general average to expenses incurred as a result of a vessel seizure by Somali pirates.

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29 Jan 2015

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The Ocean Victory

The Court of Appeal has restated the rules in relation to safe port warranties and has provided guidance on ascertaining whether an event is an "abnormal occurrence".

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31 Dec 2014

From News

Media coverage: Tanker Operator magazine - STS transfers- a risky business

We look at the risks associated with STS transfers.

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23 Nov 2014

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New law to ban payment of ransoms

The UK Government is to introduce new measures to make the payment of ransoms an offence; there are concerns about the implications for marine insurance and K&R polici..

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19 Aug 2014

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Ebola outbreak

We outline some of the legal issues which will need to be considered in light of the Ebola virus outbreak.

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