Our maritime team has been listed on Chambers’ Leading Law Firms list for many years. Some of our lawyers previously worked in leading international insurance companies in charge of maritime insurance , some were star engineers at the Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute, having the technical knowledge required to handle complicated disputes which enable our maritime practice being ahead of the game.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in representing clients in maritime cases in maritime courts all parts of the country, the Supreme People’s Court, China Maritime Arbitration Commissions and London Maritime Arbitrators Association. Our clients include import and export trading companies, shipping companies, ship management companies, logistics companies, crew companies, port and terminal companies, shipbuilding and repair yards, financial leasing companies, insurance companies, mutual insurance associations, etc. Our maritime team also regularly assists our clients in all types of cases involving customs inspections.
- Maritime disputes: ship collision, grounding, reefing; general average; maritime fraud; maritime distress rescue, towage, wreck salvage; ship quality disputes; maritime pollution, decontamination; marine casualties; fishing, aquaculture, seabed and other facilities andbiological losses; other maritime torts.
- Maritime trade disputes: carriage of goods by sea (cargo damage, short volume, release goods without bill, transfer of bills of lading and pledge);ship construction and repair; towage and pilotage contracts; fuel and material supply contracts; port and terminal operations, leasing and operation management; time charter and bareboat charter; ship priority; freight forwarding, ship agency, marine warehousing; crew labor disputes; port equipment, container storage and mortgage; ship financial leasing; marine insurance, insurance claims.
- Non-litigation services: maritime liability limitation fund; public summons for exhortation (e.g. lost bills of lading); legal services for ship and container financing transactions; legal services for investment and M&A in maritime enterprises.
- Customs Practice: Our lawyers are particularly familiar with the customs inspection process and often assist our clients in matters of customs detention and release of goods due to various reasons such as customs protection of intellectual property rights and examination of tariff declarations, etc. We also assist our clients in administrative investigations and penalty cases involving customs duties.