Home / Europe / Germany / Maritime


Navigating the maritime and logistics sector

CMS 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. 

Emergency Response 24/7

  • Christoph Zarth: +49 172 74 76 443

Choose area

Maritime Wirtschaft
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 accid
Maritime Wirtschaft
Marine Insurance
Comprehensive marine insurance is essential when operating and financing ships and carrying goods by sea. We support insurers, agents and policy holde
Maritime Wirtschaft
Maritime Contracts
Our service portfolio naturally also includes advice on all the typical maritime contracts and terms and conditions. We regularly advise clients on th
Maritime Wirtschaft
Shipbuilding, Ship Sale and Purchase
Shipbuilding, ship sale and purchase are central to maritime business. We offer comprehensive advice to shipping companies, shipyards, banks, investor
Maritime Wirtschaft
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.


En­ergy – pun­it­ive in­terest where there is “Sig­ni­fic­ant Con­nec­tion with...
Sum­mary The Late Pay­ment of Com­mer­cial Debts (In­terest) Act 1998 im­plies a term in Eng­lish law con­tracts for the sup­ply of goods and/or ser­vices in the event of late pay­ment by the pur­chaser.  This ‘stat­utory...
Air­line slots: The European Com­mis­sion presents to the Coun­cil and the...
On 12 Ju­ly 2022, the European Com­mis­sion is­sued a pro­pos­al for a reg­u­la­tion sub­mit­ted for ap­prov­al to the Coun­cil and the EU Par­lia­ment to al­low the air­line slot re­gime to re­spond in a more flex­ible man­ner...
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the Com­mis­sion de­cision on the Finnish...
On 22 June 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the European Com­mis­sion de­cision of 9 June 2020 ap­prov­ing the pub­lic re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Fin­nair for an amount of around EUR 500 mil­lion...
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the re­cov­ery of aid to Tir­renia di...
On 18 May 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the European Com­mis­sion's de­cision of 2 March 2020 con­cern­ing the re­cov­ery of il­leg­al and in­com­pat­ible aid gran­ted by Italy to the...
GDPR En­force­ment Track­er Re­port
What a year for GDPR en­force­ment: 2021/2022 saw vari­ous land­mark cases in­clud­ing: a new re­cord fine of EUR 743 mil­lion; the total amount of all fines since May 2018 ex­ceed­ing the EUR 1 bil­lion mark in sum­mer 2021; and the total num­ber of cases passing 1,000 in early 2022. Land­mark cases were widely re­por­ted, ob­vi­ously draw­ing a lot of pub­lic at­ten­tion and in­creas­ing over­all aware­ness for data pro­tec­tion law. However, there is a GDPR en­force­ment real­ity bey­ond re­cord fines and it may be worth tak­ing a closer look: fo­cus­sing solely on severe fines could lead to fear and even re­luct­ance or ig­nor­ance on com­pli­ance is­sues.We still be­lieve that facts are bet­ter than fear.Our con­tinu­ously up­dated list of pub­licly known GDPR fines in the GDPR En­force­ment Track­er is our 24/7 rem­edy against fear: in con­trast, the an­nu­al GDPR En­force­ment Track­er Re­port (“ET Re­port”) is our deep dive ap­proach and per­mits great­er in­sight in­to the world of GDPR fines.
The Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firms the leg­al­ity of the res­cue aid to...
On 4 May 2022, the Gen­er­al Court of the EU con­firmed the leg­al­ity of the Com­mis­sion's de­cision ap­prov­ing res­cue aid of 36.66 mil­lion EUR from Ro­mania to the air­line TAR­OM. It found that the aid was in­deed...
Com­mis­sion's pub­lic con­sulta­tion on the re­vi­sion of the Air Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tion
On 3 March 2022, the European Com­mis­sion launched a pub­lic con­sulta­tion for the re­vi­sion of the Air Ser­vices Reg­u­la­tion. Un­til 26 May 2022, any in­ter­ested per­son is in­vited to sub­mit com­ments on the prob­lems...
CMS ad­vises Deutsche Afrika-Lini­en on sale of con­tain­er liner busi­ness...
Ham­burg-based DAL Deutsche Afrika-Lini­en GmbH & Co. KG, which is part of the Rantzau Group, has sold its con­tain­er liner ser­vice to Hapag-Lloyd AG. The trans­ac­tion also in­cludes the world­wide agency busi­ness...
European Com­mis­sion ap­proves EUR 1.7 bn re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Ber­lin Branden­burg...
On 1 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved Ger­many's planned re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Flughafen Ber­lin Branden­burg GmbH (FBB) in the amount of EUR 1.7 bil­lion. The de­cision was made on the basis...
Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al cla­ri­fies Skeyes' con­tinu­ity ob­lig­a­tion
On 13 Janu­ary 2022, Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al Ran­t­os de­livered his Opin­ion in the frame­work of the pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing pro­ced­ure ini­ti­ated by the Tribunal de l’En­tre­prise du Hai­n­aut of Charleroi, Bel­gi­um in the...
De­mur­rage re­vis­ited: What loss does it li­quid­ate?
In K Line PTE Ltd v Pri­minds Ship­ping (HK) Co Ltd (“Etern­al Bliss”) [2021] EW­CA Civ 1712, the Court of Ap­peal has re­vis­ited the Com­mer­cial Court de­cision that sought to re­solve a ‘long-stand­ing...
Re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Air France: Vuel­ing in first place for the al­loc­a­tion...
On 20 Septem­ber 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved the al­loc­a­tion to Vuel­ing of 18 daily slots at Par­is-Orly air­port fol­low­ing a se­lec­tion pro­ced­ure over the sum­mer. This meas­ure is part of the re­cap­it­al­isa­tion...