Shipping & Ship Finance

Al Alawi’s shipping team has a long and enviable reputation for dealing with all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious shipping-related work. We advise in a wide range of coverage disputes and in subrogated recovery actions.

We combine long experience in ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ shipping law and have extensive contacts in the shipping industries, which enables us to call on suitable technical experts with a network of international maritime law firms, and to advise on choice of an arbitrator.

Areas of contentious expertise include:

  • Bill of lading and charterparty disputes
  • Unsafe port and berth disputes
  • Collisions and groundings
  • Marine insurance and re-insurance policies and disputes (including P&I)
  • Salvage, towage, wreck removal and general average
  • Ship building and ship repair
  • Personal injury (crew and passenger) and industrial disease
  • Ship arrest and release
  • Environment and pollution
  • Claim for damage received by any ship or sea-going vessel
  • Claim for necessaries supplied to any ship
  • Claim for the building, equipping or repairing of any ship
  • Claim for the possession or ownership of a ship
  • Admiralty (including arrest and limitation proceedings)
  • Hire and off-hire claims

Areas of non-contentious expertise include:

  • Ship building contracts
  • Ship management Agreements
  • Issues arising from corporate structures and shareholdings
  • Joint ventures, agency and distribution agreements
  • Port infrastructure, re-organisation and funding
  • Regulatory issues
  • Ship purchase or sale
  • Advice on vessels' insurances
  • Charterparties

Our shipping team also has a dedicated ship finance group which deals with transactional work including but not limited to syndicated debt financing transactions as well as ship sale and purchase work.


Areas of expertise include:

  • Debt and equity financing
  • Pre and post-delivery financing of new buildings including assignment of ship building contracts and refund guarantees
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Financing of second-hand vessels and sale and purchase work
  • Refinancing
  • Formation, acquisition and investment in shipping companies worldwide
  • Commercial, technical or management and agency agreements
  • Leases

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