Admiralty / Maritime Law

Admiralty law is wholly maritime, a distinct body of law that governs maritime issues.  We generally limit our practice to those matters regarding claims on goods transported or intended to be transported by sea.  Because admiralty law also covers many commercial activities, including land based activities prior or subsequent to ocean transport, those contracts or issues which are largely maritime in character are included in our coverage.

We provide services regarding:

  • Cargo Claims and Defenses, including marine, stevedore, and warehouse damages, insurance issues relating thereto, and domestic transportation questions regarding cargo destined overseas or arriving.
  • Demurrage and detention claims, including carrier overcharges.
  • Abandoned cargo claims and expenses.
  • Arrests of ship in rem to collect debt from vessels or their operators
  • Bills of Lading or other Contracts of Affreightment and their interpretation.
  • Preparing terms and conditions of service for carriers and intermediaries such as Customs brokers, Freight Forwarders, and NVOCCs