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.

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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. 

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.


Advising War Risks underwriters following the detention and confiscation of the vessel "B ATLANTIC" in Venezuela following the discovery of drugs below the waterline. Representing underwriters in the English High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and successfully establishing that the loss is excluded under the terms of the policy.


Alex Davis Practice group leader

T:  +44 20 7809 2671
M:  Email Alex | Vcard Office:  London


Michael Kim Seoul office managing partner

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


Daryll Ng Singapore office managing partner

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

Latest news & insights

11 Apr 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly - Issue 73

Ayhan Sezer Yag ve Gida Endustrisi Ticaret Ltd Sirket v Agroinvest SA – London Circuit Commercial Court clarifies meaning of "date of default" under GAFTA Default clau..


05 Apr 2024

From Insights

e-Charter Permission: The digitalization of chartering in Greece

Greece has pioneered in the luxury yacht charter sector by introducing the new electronic application for the "e-Charter Permission" for voyages performed entirely wit..


04 Apr 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly - Cargo claims: how to mitigate your losses

In AMS Ameropa Marketing Sales AG & Anor v Ocean Unity Navigation Inc [2023] EWHC 3264, a case relating to damage to a cargo of yellow soybeans, the High Court of Engl..


28 Mar 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly - Issue 71

Can the Court order parties to mediate? The Court of Appeal rules in Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil


20 Mar 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Cetus Maritime on acquisition of Nachipa Corp

Stephenson Harwood has advised longstanding client Cetus Maritime on its acquisition of Chile-based Nachipa Corp.


14 Mar 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly - Issue 69

Limitation clauses: construction and reasonableness – Tornado Wire Limited v John Good Logistics Limited [2024] EWHC 212 (KB)


08 Mar 2024

From Insights

Key takeaways: Singapore maritime decarbonisation series 2024

Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance recently hosted the Maritime Decarbonisation Series 2024.


06 Mar 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly - Issue 68

Latest Court of Appeal judgment on English Courts' jurisdiction to grant anti-suit injunctions in support of foreign arbitrations - UniCredit Bank GmbH v RusChemAllian..


29 Feb 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly - Issue 67

(1) JB Cocoa Sdn Bhd (2) JB Foods Global Pte Ltd (3) Baloise Belgium Nv/Sa (4) XL Insurance Company SE, Succursale Francais v Maersk Line AS (t/a Safmarine) [2023] EWH..


22 Feb 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly: Sustainability in supply chains: New regulations on Forest Risk Commodities

Commodities such as beef, leather, palm oil, cocoa and soy have been identified as some of the key drivers of deforestation, accounting for an estimated 64% of the UK'..


21 Feb 2024

From Insights

Transportation and trade newsletter - Transportation finance

Welcome to the second edition of Stephenson Harwood’s transportation and trade update – our specialist newsletter for clients engaged in the aviation, marine, rail and..


15 Feb 2024

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Commodities in Focus Weekly: A quick guide to contractual break-ups - Guidance on termination

Issues arising out of the termination of contracts are not in short supply. We are often presented with clients who are seeking advice on whether to terminate a contra..


31 Jan 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly: The Polar: Herculito Maritime Ltd and others v Gunvor International BV and others

The Supreme Court handed down its judgment recently in Herculito Maritime Ltd v. Gunvor International BV [2024] UKSC 2 , also known as "The Polar".


24 Jan 2024

From Insights

Commodities in Focus Weekly: Issue 62

Premier Oil UK Limited v Shell International Trading and Shell Company Limited (for and on behalf of Shell Trading International Limited)


18 Jan 2024

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises MPC Container Ships on US$100 million credit agreement with Hamburg Commercial Bank

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised MPC Container Ships (MPCC) on a US$100 million four-year revolving credit facility agreement with Hamburg Commercial Bank (..


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