Shipping

For over a century, we have met the demands of the industry by providing shipping and logistics services to our extensive range of local and international clients.

With experienced practitioners in Cape Town and Durban and extensive expertise in this specialised field of law in many jurisdictions along the African coastline, we have built a solid reputation for providing fast and effective service.

We have received praise from the Legal 500 (2015), highlighting the fact that we undertake work ranging from “traditional ship finance to major casualty work”; have a “professional approach”; and provide “a prompt and efficient service” rooted in “a clear knowledge of the law”. Clients also appreciate our “international knowledge and perspective".

In addition, our Ports Terminals and Logistics Corridors Sector Group has extensive expertise in the ports, terminals and logistics corridors sector across numerous countries on the African continent.


Specialist Services

Our specialist services include:

  • Casualty response

    Southern Africa’s dangerous coastline is notorious for serious high profile losses.

    We have been involved in many of the most significant regional casualties of the past decade and are the listed legal correspondent in the ports of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in South Africa for most of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

    Our recent casualty appointments for owners or charterers include: the Chemstar Jewel; the Maersk Londrina; the Harvest Rising, the Seroja Lima, the Genco Tiberius, the Smart and the Kiani Satu.

    We strive to solve problems in an efficient, commercially sound and cost-effective way. As ship casualty experts, we concentrate on avoiding legal problems before they start by operating a 24-hour emergency response team

  • Shipping litigation

     South Africa’s liberal arrest and attachment procedures – notably the associated ship arrest and ‘security arrest’ - make it a favoured admiralty jurisdiction for enforcing maritime claims and obtaining security for court and arbitration proceedings worldwide.

    We are frequently engaged in high value shipping arbitrations and disputes before the High Courts and Supreme Court of Appeal and we act for a range of international and local clients, such as major shipowners, charterers, P& I Clubs, marine underwriters and traders of commodities. 

    We have a particular focus on ship sales and mortgage foreclosures and act for many of the world’s leading ship finance banks.

  • Commercial shipping and finance

    We advise businesses involved in shipping and trading on commercial matters such as ship building and repair, ship sales and purchases, international sales contracts, customs and excise issues, standard business terms, charter parties and bills of lading.

    We also act for local and foreign banks in shipping finance transactions, including ship and mortgage registration.

  • Logistics

    Logistics involves managing the movement of things from where they were sourced to where they will be consumed. Shipping has traditionally been regarded as the primary means of transporting raw materials, parts and finished goods on a global scale. The associated logistics relating to ports and terminals, roads, rail, pipelines and storage facilities play a key role in ensuring the smooth operation of the industry.

    As an integrated part of our Shipping Practice, we offer services relating to all aspects of the logistics of storing and moving cargoes.


Emergency Response

The Shipping and Logistics Department is available 24 hrs a day (+27 21 480 7920 – National Helpline)

Southern Africa’s dangerous coastline is notorious for serious high profile losses. We strive to provide immediate legal and practical assistance in an emergency. Our lawyers have been involved in many of the most significant local casualties of the past decade including:

The Smart, Kiani Satu, Ioannis NK, Boundary, Gulser Anna, Alexandros T, Safmarine Agulhas, Anangel Splendour and Kiperousa.

Bowman Gilfillan is the listed legal correspondent in the ports of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for most of the International Group of P&I Clubs

The Shipping and Logistics Department is available 24 hrs a day (+27 21 480 7920 – National Helpline) and in case of emergency, the following people will be available:

Durban office

Cape Town office

 
 
   

 

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