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Admiralty and Casualty – "Wet Shipping" lawyers

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 shipping companies, hull insurers, P&I clubs and salvors on a wide range of incidents, including collisions, average, salvage and pollution.

Service portfolio

  • Attendance on board vessel or at scene of accident
  • Securing evidence (e.g. voyage data recorder and statements by crew members)
  • Representation vis-à-vis the authorities, including water police, flag state representatives, classification society (“class”) representatives, experts, the press and other media
  • Negotiating all necessary agreements (e.g. sureties, guarantees, salvage agreements)
  • Representing crew members in administrative or criminal proceedings

In addition, we regularly represent our clients in subsequent disputes before courts or arbitral tribunals or in settlement negotiations. We often act in cases involving multiple jurisdictions, which we handle in close cooperation with specialists from our well-established international network.

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Christoph Zarth
Christoph Zarth
Rechtsanwalt | Head of Maritime, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
Christoph's focus is on the maritime industry. He is acting for clients from various sectors, in particular shipping, transport and logistics, shipbuilding, engineering, offshore wind energy as well as...
Carina Lutter
Carina Lutter
Germany, Hamburg
Carina started specialising in the maritime sector already during her university studies. She is now advising companies on all legal aspects in this field. Her clients include shipping companies, shipyards...