Marine and international trade

Our world leading marine law practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the shipping, offshore and commodity sectors. Our clients include many of the world's largest shipowners, shipyards, major ship finance banks, marine insurers and IG P&I clubs, energy services companies, oil and gas business and commodities traders.
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Our practice is international and is serviced by specialist lawyers based in key shipping and trade hubs worldwide. Lawyers in our Dubai, Greater China, London, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul and Singapore offices deliver market-leading maritime expertise to a truly international clientele.

The size of our team and the depth of our experience means we are well positioned to advise on any shipping or trade-related concern, from the most complex marine incident or financing structure to the more straightforward sale and purchase dispute or cargo claim.

We also offer our clients a wide range of ancillary legal services that includes corporate, competition, environmental, intellectual property and tax advice.

“Stephenson Harwood is first class in every way, responding immediately, with impressive strength in the team, and providing excellent value and deep industry knowledge.”
The Legal 500 UK 2015

Mercuria – commodity repo dispute

We acted for Mercuria in the successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim - relating to commodity “repo” deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

Container ship casualty

We advised in relation to an explosion and subsequent fire on a container ship situated in the Indian Ocean, including providing rapid response by our market-leading casualty team.

Yamal LNG project

Advised Stena LNG on a bid for the construction and chartering of ice-classed LNG tankers for use in the Arctic Circle.

Major Chinese offshore project

Advised Prosafe on a US$540 million Chinese offshore project - a series of semi-submersible units for operation in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion

Coverage dispute for lead marine insurer worth US$1 billion relating to a major international navy.

On-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds dispute

We acted for a major East Asian bank in an ICC arbitration in relation to on-demand refund guarantees and performance bonds with a value of approximately US$95 million.

OW Bunker bankruptcy

Advising various shipowners and charterers in the fallout from the bankruptcy of OW Bunker A/S and certain associated companies, including advising on competing demands for payment in respect of the same bunker stem, and other potential claims and risk of arrest and proceedings in Belgium, the Netherlands and New York.

Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project

We advised a leading international EPIC contractor in the contracts for a Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project worth in excess of US$10 billion offshore Africa.

Swiss-based oil trader

Advised our client on two attempts made by an oil major to escape from its obligations under an unprofitable sale contract to purchase 40,000mt of vacuum gas oil (VGO).

Pirate attack off the West coast of Africa

We advised the shipowner in relation to a pirate attack on a vessel off the West Coast of Africa.

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

15 May 2017

From Insights

The Ocean Victory judgment - A cause for concern for insurers wishing to pursue subrogated claims

The Supreme Court’s recent judgment on safe port warranties includes a decision on the insurance cover of The Ocean Victory which is a cause for concern for insurers w..

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11 May 2017

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The Ocean Victory - Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in the Ocean Victory has considered and confirmed the approach to safe port warranties. It has also given its views on related questions of general i..

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09 Mar 2017

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Hot topic: Commodities litigation

Commodities and shipping lawyer Tom Rodd contributes to a roundtable discussion on commodities litigation published by Corporate Disputes magazine ("Hot Topic: Commodi..

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01 Mar 2017

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Does fraud always “unravel all”?

The English High Court considers the enforceability of a Chinese arbitration award relating to a sale transaction that was tainted by fraud.

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22 Feb 2017

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ShippingBulletin - February 2017

In this issue we look at cargo claims - burden of proof, no package limitation for bulk cargo under Hague Rules, ship finance loan - effect of asymmetric jurisdiction ..

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20 Feb 2017

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Commodities in Focus - edition 1 2017

Welcome to the first edition of our relaunched publication, Commodities in Focus - a bulletin for clients engaged in the production, trading, carriage, storage and fin..

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10 Feb 2017

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Stephenson Harwood successful in landmark loan enforcement case

The judgment of Mr Justice Cranston in Commerzbank AG v Pauline Shipping and Liquimar Tankers Management Inc, 3 February 2017, is one of great importance for banks and..

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19 Oct 2016

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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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13 Jun 2016

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Stephenson Harwood celebrates 20 years in Piraeus, maritime capital of Greece

Stephenson Harwood LLP is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its presence in Piraeus, the maritime capital of Greece.

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12 May 2016

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Stephenson Harwood advises AET on Paramount Tankers purchase

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised AET on its purchase from Golden Energy Tanker Holdings of the 50 percent stake in Paramount Tankers which it ..

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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

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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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