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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


  • 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
  • How much does the port service market cost? Calculation attempt No. 118.10.17

    The Ukrainian sea port service market for a long time existed as state-owned monopoly with state-owned enterprises prevailing, since port privatization either did not occur or was too restricted (as compared to many other economic sectors). First elements of market economy were private agencies, freight forwarding or stevedoring companies established in early 1990s.more
  • Mandatory insurance policy for vessels calling at Turkish ports20.09.17

    According to the current regulations, since 2011 all vessels over 300 GT calling at Turkish ports or other facilities in Turkish waters, as well as Turkish flagged vessels, must have valid P&I insurance policy which covers risks and liabilities up to the limitation level stipulated in the Convention on limitation of liability for maritime claims 1976, and 1996 Protocol amending that Convention.more
  • The extension of time period for transit passage in Turkish straits01.09.17

    One of the recent developments in Maritime section is most welcome by ship owners whereas the time period for awaiting before passing the Turkish straits such as Bosphorus and Dardanelles has been extended from 48 hrs to 168 hrs (almost 7 days)by an amended rule as a result of resolution approved by Cabinet Council dated 28/7/2017.more