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Maritime and shipping cases are very specific. Many of them are connected with casualties. The accidental factor is very strong. Which vessel is guilty when a collision arises? Why is the cargo found wet? Is it because of unfit hatches? To make a right conclusion, a shipping/ maritime lawyer needs to have specific knowledge and expertise. That is why many in shipping favour arbitration over litigation.

 

Typically, maritime and shipping disputes are around:

 

The serious drawback of the legislation in the maritime sphere of Ukraine is the lack of the unified approach in questions related to maritime activity. The legislation of Ukraine consists of the Merchant Shipping Code, laws and bylaws that regulate some specific maritime relations. The legal framework in this respect is imperfect. Ukraine should refuse from regulating shipping by bylaws and base mainly on international conventions and traditions. There is a strong necessity to systemize legal norms governing maritime activity, if Ukraine is positioning itself as maritime state then it should follow global trends.


Publications


  • Alert on Ukrainian martial law30.11.18

    Martial law was imposed in Ukraine for 30 days as president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko warned of the “extremely serious” threat of a Russian land invasion.more
  • Contractual clauses which should not be omitted29.10.18

    Every day, thousands of contracts are concluded in Transport, Shipping and International Trade between the parties speaking different languages, working in different law systems and often understanding the same contractual provisions in a different way.more
  • Amendments to GAFTA 48 & 49 standard forms04.10.18

    In September 2018, reviewed and amended standard forms of GAFTA 48 and GAFTA 49 contracts, along with amended Arbitration Rules No. 125, were published at the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) official website.more
  • Some issues of the vessel arrest in Romania07.05.18

    Recently, the practice of ship arrest in Romanian ports has become more active. Below, we have tried to concentrate the most frequent topics faced by shipowners.more
  • Ship arrest in Ukraine: updated regulations26.04.18

    Law of Ukraine No. 2147-VIII substantially modifies provisions of the Commercial Procedural Code of Ukraine and Civil Procedural Code of Ukraine regarding the arrest of ships as a precautionary measure to secure a maritime claim.more
  • Debt for ship repair: how to avoid problems?04.04.18

    It is obvious, if at the stage of negotiations the parties discuss the whole range of terms for their further relationship and its performance procedure, as well as fixed their arrangements in the contract, many problems will be avoided.more
  • Turkish authorities impose complete ban on Crimea traffic16.03.18

    On 06.10.2017, in the matter of “Principles of navigation in the regions of the Black Sea and the Crimea”, the Turkish government has issued a decision in order to prohibit vessels arriving from or calling at Crimea from visiting Turkish ports and, in this respect, all the Turkish ports, maritime/shipping agents, ship operators and shipowners were notified.more
  • Interview for the Project Cargo Weekly22.02.18

    Interview for the Project Cargo Weekly about the establishing of Interlegal law firm, Ukrainian shipping business, ship arrests and legal fees.more
  • F.A.Q.Shipping in Ukraine25.01.18

    Frequently asked questions about Shipping in Ukraine.more
  • Container carriage risks in today maritime trade23.11.17

    Today international maritime trade is one of the most popular business areas in Ukraine. International contracts are concluded every day, so the issues of their performance, in particular regarding goods transportation and delivery to the buyer often arise.more