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 Partner

T:  +44 7825 943 076 +971 55 899 3951
M:  Email Rovine | Vcard Office:  Dubai, London

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Michael Kim Office managing partner

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

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Daryll Ng Managing partner

T:  +65 6835 8656
M:  Email Daryll | Vcard Office:  Singapore

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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

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24 Jun 2020

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Should parties adopt an asymmetric jurisdiction clause in contracts involving Mainland China and Hong Kong entities?

It has been held in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited v Wisdom Top International Limited [2020] HKCFI 322, that under the Mainland Judgments (Reci..

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20 May 2020

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Commodities in Focus - Edition 8 2020

Welcome to the eighth edition of Commodities in Focus (CIF); our bulletin for clients engaged in the production, trading, carriage, storage and financing of commoditie..

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07 May 2020

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ShippingBulletin - May 2020

In this issue we look at defective passage planning – unseaworthiness, demurrage time bar – provision of supporting documentation, demurrage time bar – supporting docu..

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07 May 2020

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The Shipping News on Thursdays

Starting on Thursday 30 April 2020, we will be running a series of shipping-focused webinars every Thursday at 4pm, Singapore (9am, London).

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07 May 2020

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Return of the seller's credit

This article outlines the basic elements of seller's credit, and reviews this method of financing from the owner's perspective.

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08 Apr 2020

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Stephenson Harwood wins four awards at the CBLJ Awards 2020

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has won four awards at the China Business Law Awards 2020.

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09 Mar 2020

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Shipping news: legal issues arising from Covid-19 webinar

Stephenson Harwood partner Andrew Rigden Green and senior associate Elizabeth Sloane discussed the legal issues arising from COVID-19 specific to the shipping industry..

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24 Feb 2020

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Stephenson Harwood partners with The Global Maritime Forum

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has committed its support to improving sustainability in global seaborne trade by partnering with The Global Maritime Forum (GMF).

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24 Dec 2019

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When can you terminate for breach of contract?

This article focuses on one of the key Court of Appeal cases of 2019: Ark Shipping Company LLC v Silverburn Shipping (IOM) Ltd (The “Arctic”) [2019] EWCA Civ 1161. St..

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20 Dec 2019

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Commodities in Focus - Edition 7 2019

Welcome to the seventh edition of Commodities in Focus (CIF) – our bulletin for clients engaged in the production, trading, carriage, storage and financing of commodit..

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16 Dec 2019

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ShippingBulletin - December 2019

In this issue we look at cargo claim – delay – strike out, bareboat charter – continuing class requirement not a condition, voyage charters – cancellation – NOR not se..

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16 Dec 2019

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Stephenson Harwood named ‘Transport: Firm of the Year’ by The Legal 500 UK 2020

Stephenson Harwood LLP has been named ‘Transport: Firm of the Year’ by The Legal 500 UK 2020.

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12 Dec 2019

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Chambers success for the Seoul office

We are delighted to announce that for the sixth consecutive year since its foundation the Seoul office has been ranked as Band 1 by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 for Ship..

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03 Oct 2019

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New interim relief Arrangement presents additional benefit to Hong Kong arbitration

On 1 October 2019, the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings between the Courts of the Mainland Peo..

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23 Sep 2019

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Shipping and offshore: quiet enjoyment, step-in and direct agreements

This briefing note explores the key features of quiet enjoyment and step-in in the context of offshore project financings.

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10 Sep 2019

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Stephenson Harwood wins 'Maritime Law Firm of the Year' at ALB Hong Kong Law Awards

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has won the ‘Maritime Law Firm of the Year' award at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Hong Kong Law Awards 2019.

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