Trusted advisers for shipping and maritime matters
Our shipping and maritime practice spans major corporate and commercial projects and transactions, insurance and contentious matters.
We provide assistance with ship acquisitions, financing, registrations, reflaggings and dispositions, and advise on commercial and logistics arrangements. We represent ship owners, charterers and insurers on a wide range of shipping and admiralty matters, including on all types of maritime related disputes (e.g. cargo, collisions, groundings, oil and chemical spills, maritime prosecutions), and regulatory investigations.
We advise New Zealand port companies on various commercial, contractual, property, construction and environmental matters and have the broadest market experience in this sector, including structured financing arrangements, leasing and insurance. We are also the New Zealand legal correspondent for a number of P&I clubs.
Partner John Knight is the co-author of the New Zealand chapter in the Shipping Law Review published by Law Business Research Ltd.
We have advised:
- the New Zealand Government on insurance and maritime law issues relating to the grounding of the container vessel MV Rena on the Astrolabe reef near Tauranga in 2011 and the subsequent oil spill, to date New Zealand’s largest maritime environmental disaster
- the owners and insurers of the Cook Strait rail ferry Aratere in connection with the collision between the Aratere and the fishing vessel San Domenico in Wellington
- the insurers on the grounding of the vessel, Jody F Millenium in Gisborne and subsequent oil spill, which affected an 8km area of coastline
- the insurers on the grounding of the bulk carrier vessel Tai Ping at Tiwai Point near the entrance to Bluff Harbour in the South Island
- Sanford on the sale of a number of its fishing vessels from its Pacific Tuna fleet, and on a number of maritime disputes including potential arrests of vessels
- Lockheed Martin on its successful bid for the New Zealand Defence Force contract to upgrade the Royal New Zealand Navy's two ANZAC-class frigates
- on a contract for the construction of a catamaran for the Crown Prince of Oman
- domestic and international shipping companies, and their insurers, on a range of commercial and insurance related matters, including debt recovery and insolvency work, and insurance claims relating to damaged cargo and the accidental release of oil and hazardous chemicals
- ports and shipping companies in relation to berth damage claims
- Centreport, Wellington’s key commercial port, on its arrangements with shipping companies, including on the long term berth/terminal arrangements and related matters
- Lyttelton Port Company, the key commercial port in the South Island, on a range of commercial arrangements with shipping companies
- Eastland Port, New Zealand's largest log export port, on its successful application for all necessary resource consents to extend its log storage area, and
- Maritime New Zealand on key commercial projects relating to New Zealand’s maritime environment, including a major outsourcing contract for its National Maritime Distress and Safety Communications network.