Maritime

Germany

Navigating the maritime and logistics sector

CMS Hasche Sigle is one of the leading law firms in Europe for the maritime and logistics sector. We have the specific legal expertise and technical understanding to support our clients both in their home countries and abroad. They benefit from our deep understanding of their global operations and the economic context of their business.

Our clients include shipping companies, shipyards, terminal operators, brokers, NVOCCs, transport and logistics operators, freight forwarders, trading companies, banks, P&I clubs, other insurers and all other players in the shipping and logistics market.We receive instructions from our clients covering virtually all areas of their business. We advise them on their day-to-day operations, in relation to drafting, revising and negotiating contracts, in the event of collisions and accidents/casualties, as well as with regard to a wide range of projects and transactions.

Our key areas

In conjunction with our Banking & Finance team, we regularly advise major German banks, other financing institutions and shipping companies regarding their ship financing and restructuring operations.

We are a leading practice for advice on offshore projects

We are particularly familiar with the offshore industry. We understand the specific commercial and technical challenges and risks of this sector and how to adequately address these risks in agreements and disputes. Working with our Energy team, we are one of the leading firms for legal advice in relation to offshore wind farms.

Disputes – help you can rely on

We successfully represent our clients in and out of court as well as in domestic and international arbitral proceedings. We have in-depth knowledge of the maritime arbitration institutions, such as the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA). We also regularly sit as arbitrators in arbitration proceedings involving maritime matters, transport and logistics, and commercial disputes. Our partner, Jan Wölper, is Chairman of the Board of the GMAA.

Emergency Response 24/7

  • Jan Wölper: +49 172 40 50 540
  • Christoph Zarth: +49 172 74 76 443
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    Admiralty and Casualty – "Wet Shipping"

    More than almost any other lawyers in Germany, our wet shipping specialists have experience and expertise in all types of maritime incidents and accidents. We regularly advise charterers, cargo interests, hull insurers, P&I clubs and salvors on a wide range of incidents, including collisions, average, salvage and pollution.

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    Maritime Contracts

    We represent shipping companies and P&I clubs, as well as cargo interests and their insurers, in disputes relating to damage to all kinds of cargo. We also advise and represent our clients in charter party disputes across all sectors (bulk, container, tanker, LNG), mostly in the form of arbitration proceedings.

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    Shipbuilding, Ship Sale and Purchase

    We regularly advise on the drafting and review of contracts and all related documentation (such as performance and refund guarantees) covering all types of vessels, from conventional commercial bulk and container vessels through to specialist vessels for the offshore industry.

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    Marine Insurance

    Comprehensive marine insurance is essential when operating and financing ships and carrying goods by sea. We support insurers, agents and policy holders in drafting the relevant contracts.

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    Transport and Logistics

    In addition to maritime business, our services cover all other modes of transport (road, rail, air, inland waterways), plus warehousing and logistics. We advise freight forwarders, logistics companies and their customers, as well as insurers and financiers, in relation to their day-to-day business and on drafting and negotiating complex logistics contracts.

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    April 2013
    German Maritime Law Reform

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    22/03/2017
    EU rules on recovery of illegal aid from ferry operators
    On 1 March 2017, the General Court of the European Union confirmed that France must recover over EUR 220 million in illegal State aid granted to a ferry operator group consisting of two organisations: Société Nationale Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM) and Compagnie.
    02/02/2017
    Government consults on penalties for non-compliance with EU ship...
    On 1 January 2018, subject to a few exclusions, ships over 5000 gross tonnage (“Relevant Ships”) will be subject to monitoring and reporting requirements on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2), fuel consumption and cargo carried.
    30/11/2016
    Oil & Gas / Shipping: Excluding ‘consequential loss’ can restrict...
    The Commercial Court was recently asked to consider the correct construction of the phrase “consequential or special losses or expenses” in a clause that distributed (and limited) liability and remedies between parties (Star Polaris LLC v HHIC-Phil Inc [2016].