Maritime and offshore support

Our world leading practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the maritime and offshore support sectors.

Our expertise includes:
 

  • Negotiating and drafting contracts and sub-contracts relating to the operation of specialist vessels engaged in shipping and offshore operations on bespoke and BIMCO forms such as Barecon, Heavycon, Supplytime and other forms, e.g. CRINE, LOGIC and IMCA
     
  • Advising on disputes arising from delay, cargo loss, damage to cargo, vessel underperformance and unsuitability.
     
  • Bills of lading
     
  • Contracts of Affreightment (COAs)
     
  • Cargo loss and damage
     
  • Sale & Purchase of vessels
     
  • Shipbuilding
     
  • Ship finance
     
  • Marine casualty response
     
  • Ports and logistics contracts
     
  • Advising on the allocation of risk and insurance advice including dispute resolution
     
  • Sanctions advice
     
  • Fraud and asset tracing

Our experience includes:
 

  • Advised a provider of accommodation vessels on the development of a suite of contracts to support their business operations.
     
  • Advised on disputes under SUPPLYTIME, HEAVYCON, HEAVYLIFTVOY, BARECON and TOWCON.
     
  • Acted for a shipowner in reviewing and amending charterparty document; advised in relation to various legal issues arising out of charterparty; specifically, concerning the shipowner’s right to legally terminate the charterparty. 
     
  • Assisted the charterers in a charterparty dispute with the owners of a vessel in relation to wrongful arrest of a sister ship and other ancillary issues arising under the same charterparty, including hire and redelivery of the vessel. Advised charterers on the merits of the owners’ claim and giving guidance on their settlement negotiations with the owners of the vessel on the basis of the merit. 
     
  • Represented clients in various arbitrations arising out of contracts of affreightment and bills of lading. 
     
  • Advised national oil company in respect of AHTS vessels and PSV contracted for several years in support of aborted drilling campaign, including successful challenge to English jurisdiction (CH Offshore Ltd v PDV Marina & Ors [2015] EWHC 595 (Comm).
     
  • Represented an FPSO Contractor and a P&I Club on recovery of umbilical and related claims following winch wire failure during installation.
     
  • Represented owners in an LMAA arbitration for a breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.
     
  • Advised a broker in relation to drafting and negotiating several commission agreements for charters involving specialist vessels.
     
  • Represented a charterer in an LMAA arbitration for a breach of charterparty in relation to the overconsumption of fuel.   
     
  • Advised Seacor Marine on the innovative joint venture with the world’s largest ship owner, COSCO Shipping Group, on COSCO’s first ever joint venture, the purchase of 10 PSVs from a COSCO shipyard and structured deferred payment terms.
     
  • Advised DVB on its financing by way of debt plus equity with share buyback arrangements for an offshore accommodation unit for Marine Assets Corporation. The vessel was an innovative design and was ordered on a speculative basis.
     
  • Advised on a joint venture with a Chinese conglomerate for servicing offshore wind farms in China.
     
  • Advised Seacor on its acquisition and financing of 11 vessels from the Pacific Richfield Marine group (which was in receivership).
     
  • Advised on a joint venture involving a leading Malaysian oilfield services provider in respect of a number of offshore support and subsea construction vessels for operation in the Caspian Sea, and their subsequent financing.
     
  • Advised a major offshore company on the structuring the acquisition of a dive support vessel from a yard in Singapore where the original purchaser had defaulted on the purchase.
     
  • Advised banks, owners and potential purchasers on insolvency and insolvency protection situations in respect of owners of offshore support vessels.
     
  • Advised a major offshore accommodation provider on renegotiating its acquisition of a fleet of semi-submersible accommodation units and their financing.
     
  • Advised and drafted contracts for Nigerian oil shipment project including shuttle charters and transfer to an FPSO for export.
     
  • Negotiated terms for long-term contract of affreightment for off-take shuttle tankers offloading cargoes from UK FPSO.
     
  • Drafted contracts for Artic oil transhipiment operations including shuttle charter and operating agreement for floating storage facility.
     
  • Advised on various charters for offshore support vessels, primarily on BIMCO Supplytime terms.
     
  • Drafted standard form contract for employment of floating accommodation barges to be used in UK sector.
     
  • Managed claims and indemnity actions relating to a total loss of an anchor handling vessel operating in UK sector.
     
  • Negotiated settlement of a dispute concerning the cost of modifying a multi-purpose offshore support vessel to comply with Norwegian authority standards.
     
  • Defended claims relating to equipment malfunction on offshore supply vessel, including deductions from hire, claims for consequential loss and contract suspension.
     
  • Advised an international tanker owner as to disputes arising out of previous cargo residue and their impact on subsequent cargo/voyages.
     
  • Assisted owners of tanker detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and in particular on subsequent loss of hire claims.
     
  • Various demurrage claims relating to the validity of notices of readiness given by owners of oil tankers. 
     
  • Acted for Korean shipowners in relation to a number of termination of charter disputes, including detailed analysis of the available market for assessment of damages.
     
  • Advised on charter disputes arising out the various Supplytime forms (including purported termination disputes).
     
  • Acted on unpaid hire/expenses disputes in relation to various offshore support vessels for various owners.
     
  • Acted for owners in various towage disputes.
     
  • Advised in relation to various high-value cargo contamination claims.
     
  • Assisted owners with lien issues arising in relation to unpaid hire.
     
  • Advised owners in relation to an offshore construction project dispute, including unpaid hire and unfinished work issues.

Global reach

From our offices in the UK, China, Dubai, Paris, Singapore and South Korea, we have extensive experience in offshore oil and gas projects and resolving international disputes. 

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Supplytime charters 
Advising on various charters for offshore support vessels, primarily on BIMCO Supplytime terms.

Accommodation barges 
Drafting standard form contract for employment of floating accommodation barges to be used in UK sector.

Anchor handling total loss
Managing claims and indemnity actions relating to a total loss of an anchor handling vessel operating in UK sector.

Off-hire dispute
Defending claims relating to equipment malfunction on offshore supply vessel, including deductions from hire, claims for consequential loss and contract suspension.

Acted for a shipowner in reviewing and amending charterparty document; advised in relation to various legal issues arising out of charterparty; specifically, concerning the shipowner’s right to legally terminate the charterparty.

Assisted the charterers in a charterparty dispute with the owners of a vessel in relation to wrongful arrest of a sister ship and other ancillary issues arising under the same charterparty, including hire and redelivery of the vessel. Advised charterers on the merits of the owners’ claim and giving guidance on their settlement negotiations with the owners of the vessel on the basis of the merit.

Representing clients in various arbitrations arising out of contracts of affreightment and bills of lading.

Acting on unpaid hire/expenses disputes in relation to various offshore support vessels for various owners.

Acting for owners in relation to an offshore construction project dispute, including unpaid hire and unfinished work issues.

Negotiating terms for long-term contract of affreightment for off-take shuttle tankers offloading cargoes from UK FPSO.

Norway

Norway

Advising on various charters for offshore support vessels, primarily on BIMCO Supplytime terms. 

Drafting standard form contract for employment of floating accommodation barges to be used in UK sector.

Negotiating settlement of a dispute concerning the cost of modifying a multi-purpose offshore support vessel to comply with Norwegian authority standards.

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

Negotiating logistics contract for transportation of oil from Turkmenistan to Black Sea transhipment facility and charters for shipping to European destinations.

Brazil

Brazil

Representing FPSO Contractor and P&I Club on recovery of umbilical and related claims following winch wire failure during installation (2017-2018).

Assisting owners with lien issues arising in relation to unpaid hire.

Venezuela

Venezuela

Acting for national oil company in respect of AHTS vessels and PSV contracted for several years in support of aborted drilling campaign, including successful challenge to English jurisdiction (CH Offshore Ltd v PDV Marina & Ors [2015] EWHC 595 (Comm).

South Korea

South Korea

Acted for a shipowner in reviewing and amending charterparty document; advised in relation to various legal issues arising out of charterparty; specifically, concerning the shipowner’s right to legally terminate the charterparty. 

Assisted the charterers in a charterparty dispute with the owners of a vessel in relation to wrongful arrest of a sister ship and other ancillary issues arising under the same charterparty, including hire and redelivery of the vessel. Advised charterers on the merits of the owners’ claim and giving guidance on their settlement negotiations with the owners of the vessel on the basis of the merit.

Representing clients in various arbitrations arising out of contracts of affreightment and bills of lading. 

China

China

Acted for a shipowner in reviewing and amending charterparty document; advised in relation to various legal issues arising out of charterparty; specifically, concerning the shipowner’s right to legally terminate the charterparty. 

Advised on a joint venture with a Chinese conglomerate for servicing offshore wind farms in China.

Advised broker in relation drafting and negotiating several commission agreements for charters involving specialist vessels.

Successfully represented a European shipowner against a major Chinese shipbuilder in a $36 million international arbitration relating to the alleged repudiation of a shipbuilding contract.

South Africa

South Africa

Assisted the charterers in a charterparty dispute with the owners of a vessel in relation to wrongful arrest of a sister ship and other ancillary issues arising under the same charterparty, including hire and redelivery of the vessel. Advised charterers on the merits of the owners’ claim and giving guidance on their settlement negotiations with the owners of the vessel on the basis of the merit.

Oslo

Oslo

Advising a provider of accommodation vessels on the development of a suite of contracts to support their business operations.

Australia

Australia

Acting in relation to various high-value cargo contamination claims.

Korea

Korea

Acting in relation to various high-value cargo contamination claims.

Acting for Korean shipowners in relation to a number of termination of charter disputes, including detailed analysis of the available market for assessment of damages.

Angola

Angola

Assisting owners of tanker detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and in particular on subsequent loss of hire claims.

Spain

Spain

Acting for owners in various towage disputes.

India

India

Advising an international tanker owner as to disputes arising out of previous cargo residue and their impact on subsequent cargo/voyages.

West Africa

West Africa

Acting on unpaid hire/expenses disputes in relation to various offshore support vessels for various owners.

Singapore

Singapore

Advising an international tanker owner as to disputes arising out of previous cargo residue and their impact on subsequent cargo/voyages.

UAE

UAE

Advising an international tanker owner as to disputes arising out of previous cargo residue and their impact on subsequent cargo/voyages.

Acting on unpaid hire/expenses disputes in relation to various offshore support vessels for various owners.

Successfully represented one UAE State entity against another UAE State entity in a $30 million offshore construction adjudication that developed into an ICC arbitration.

North Sea

North Sea

Represented a charterer in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to the overconsumption of fuel.

Represented owners in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.

Russia

Russia

Drafting contracts for Artic oil transhipiment operations including shuttle charter and operating agreement for floating storage facility.

Caspian Sea

Caspian Sea

Advised on a joint venture involving a leading Malaysian oilfield services provider in respect of a number of offshore support and subsea construction vessels for operation in the Caspian Sea, and their subsequent financing.

Nigeria

Nigeria

Advising and drafting contracts for Nigerian oil shipment project including shuttle charters and transfer to an FPSO for export.

Ireland

Ireland

Advised broker in relation drafting and negotiating several commission agreements for charters involving specialist vessels.

  • Angola

    Assisting owners of tanker detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and in particular on subsequent loss of hire claims.

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  • Australia

    Acting in relation to various high-value cargo contamination claims.

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  • Brazil

    Representing FPSO Contractor and P&I Club on recovery of umbilical and related claims following winch wire failure during installation (2017-2018).

    Assisting owners with lien issues arising in relation to unpaid hire.

    Close
  • Caspian Sea

    Advised on a joint venture involving a leading Malaysian oilfield services provider in respect of a number of offshore support and subsea construction vessels for operation in the Caspian Sea, and their subsequent financing.

    Close
  • China

    Acted for a shipowner in reviewing and amending charterparty document; advised in relation to various legal issues arising out of charterparty; specifically, concerning the shipowner’s right to legally terminate the charterparty. 

    Advised on a joint venture with a Chinese conglomerate for servicing offshore wind farms in China.

    Advised broker in relation drafting and negotiating several commission agreements for charters involving specialist vessels.

    Successfully represented a European shipowner against a major Chinese shipbuilder in a $36 million international arbitration relating to the alleged repudiation of a shipbuilding contract.

    Close
  • India

    Advising an international tanker owner as to disputes arising out of previous cargo residue and their impact on subsequent cargo/voyages.

    Close
  • Ireland

    Advised broker in relation drafting and negotiating several commission agreements for charters involving specialist vessels.

    Close
  • Korea

    Acting in relation to various high-value cargo contamination claims.

    Acting for Korean shipowners in relation to a number of termination of charter disputes, including detailed analysis of the available market for assessment of damages.

    Close
  • Nigeria

    Advising and drafting contracts for Nigerian oil shipment project including shuttle charters and transfer to an FPSO for export.

    Close
  • North Sea

    Represented a charterer in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to the overconsumption of fuel.

    Represented owners in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.

    Close
  • Norway

    Advising on various charters for offshore support vessels, primarily on BIMCO Supplytime terms. 

    Drafting standard form contract for employment of floating accommodation barges to be used in UK sector.

    Negotiating settlement of a dispute concerning the cost of modifying a multi-purpose offshore support vessel to comply with Norwegian authority standards.

    Close
  • Oslo

    Advising a provider of accommodation vessels on the development of a suite of contracts to support their business operations.

    Close
  • Russia

    Drafting contracts for Artic oil transhipiment operations including shuttle charter and operating agreement for floating storage facility.

    Close
  • Singapore

    Advising an international tanker owner as to disputes arising out of previous cargo residue and their impact on subsequent cargo/voyages.

    Close
  • South Africa

    Assisted the charterers in a charterparty dispute with the owners of a vessel in relation to wrongful arrest of a sister ship and other ancillary issues arising under the same charterparty, including hire and redelivery of the vessel. Advised charterers on the merits of the owners’ claim and giving guidance on their settlement negotiations with the owners of the vessel on the basis of the merit.

    Close
  • South Korea

    Acted for a shipowner in reviewing and amending charterparty document; advised in relation to various legal issues arising out of charterparty; specifically, concerning the shipowner’s right to legally terminate the charterparty. 

    Assisted the charterers in a charterparty dispute with the owners of a vessel in relation to wrongful arrest of a sister ship and other ancillary issues arising under the same charterparty, including hire and redelivery of the vessel. Advised charterers on the merits of the owners’ claim and giving guidance on their settlement negotiations with the owners of the vessel on the basis of the merit.

    Representing clients in various arbitrations arising out of contracts of affreightment and bills of lading. 

    Close
  • Spain

    Acting for owners in various towage disputes.

    Close
  • Turkmenistan

    Negotiating logistics contract for transportation of oil from Turkmenistan to Black Sea transhipment facility and charters for shipping to European destinations.

    Close
  • UAE

    Advising an international tanker owner as to disputes arising out of previous cargo residue and their impact on subsequent cargo/voyages.

    Acting on unpaid hire/expenses disputes in relation to various offshore support vessels for various owners.

    Successfully represented one UAE State entity against another UAE State entity in a $30 million offshore construction adjudication that developed into an ICC arbitration.

    Close
  • United Kingdom

    Supplytime charters 
    Advising on various charters for offshore support vessels, primarily on BIMCO Supplytime terms.

    Accommodation barges 
    Drafting standard form contract for employment of floating accommodation barges to be used in UK sector.

    Anchor handling total loss
    Managing claims and indemnity actions relating to a total loss of an anchor handling vessel operating in UK sector.

    Off-hire dispute
    Defending claims relating to equipment malfunction on offshore supply vessel, including deductions from hire, claims for consequential loss and contract suspension.

    Acted for a shipowner in reviewing and amending charterparty document; advised in relation to various legal issues arising out of charterparty; specifically, concerning the shipowner’s right to legally terminate the charterparty.

    Assisted the charterers in a charterparty dispute with the owners of a vessel in relation to wrongful arrest of a sister ship and other ancillary issues arising under the same charterparty, including hire and redelivery of the vessel. Advised charterers on the merits of the owners’ claim and giving guidance on their settlement negotiations with the owners of the vessel on the basis of the merit.

    Representing clients in various arbitrations arising out of contracts of affreightment and bills of lading.

    Acting on unpaid hire/expenses disputes in relation to various offshore support vessels for various owners.

    Acting for owners in relation to an offshore construction project dispute, including unpaid hire and unfinished work issues.

    Negotiating terms for long-term contract of affreightment for off-take shuttle tankers offloading cargoes from UK FPSO.

    Close
  • Venezuela

    Acting for national oil company in respect of AHTS vessels and PSV contracted for several years in support of aborted drilling campaign, including successful challenge to English jurisdiction (CH Offshore Ltd v PDV Marina & Ors [2015] EWHC 595 (Comm).

    Close
  • West Africa

    Acting on unpaid hire/expenses disputes in relation to various offshore support vessels for various owners.

    Close
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