Transport - Shipping - International Trade


Since 1995, shipping has been Interlegal principal activity. Our traditional clients are shipowners, managers, charterers, cargo owners, P&I clubs, insurance companies, ship chandlers, ship agents, fuel suppliers, ship repair yards and other parties to carriages.

General average shadows How to refund costs: 13 years after the disaster.
Costa Concordia: the last cruise In January 2012, m/v Costa Concordia shipwrecked in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Giglio Island.
The demurrage begins with… A foreign Shipowner applied to Interlegal due to non-payment of demurrage by the Charterer, accrued in accordance with the Charter Party and applicable standard proforma GENCON 1976.
Tailor-made Voyage Charter for large metal product exporter Interlegal lawyers drafted promptly justification of the Charterer’s position, followed by dispute settlement with regards to the latter’s interests.
The third is the charm! Large bulker fleet operator vs. Shipowner and P&I In December 2013, in the process of loading, one of the largest Time Charterer’s vessel collided with another vessel during the latter’s maneuvering. It was risky to continue voyage.

What we do for you:

  • Provide unique clauses for charter parties (Bareboat Charter, Time Charter, Voyage Charter), bills of lading, ship sale & purchase contracts, insurance policies and other documents;

  • Draft fleet management (Shipman), crewing (Crewman), ship repair and construction agreements;

  • Defend interests of shipowners, charterers and other parties to sea carriages against claim proceedings at courts and international maritime arbitrations;

  • Ship arrest or release in any Black Sea and other countries;

  • Litigate disputes:

    • on damages to transported goods and ensuing liability attached to the maritime carrier, damages to the ship caused by the nature of the carried goods;

    • on issues of lay days and demurrage including damages resulting from late entry to port or late access to the operative quay;

    • on damages suffered by the carrier as a result of force majeure;

  • Settle disputes upon cargo, Charter Parties and Bills of Lading;

  • Refunding debts to shipbuilding and ship repair yards;

  • Settle disputes arising from vessel/yacht sale & purchase;

  • Settle claims and issues upon cargo, general average, salvage, sea pollution, marine accidents and vessel collision;

  • Consult upon the following issues:

    • H&M and P&I insurance, subrogation, yacht and yacht club insurance and registration;

    • vehicle withdrawal by the customs office and seizure by the court;

    • executing temporary import;

    • vessel registration: principal and parallel;

    • ice clauses;

    • demurrage and laycan;

    • dangerous cargo carriage;

    • bunkering, sea towing services;

  • Draft legal opinions and consulting upon proprietary issues and ship arrest in Black Sea Region.


Our team members are professional maritime lawyers. We guarantee thorough analysis of case status and finding the most optimal solution for your business.

Maritime law unites people from various countries and continent – that is also our company’s principle! We have a wide range of maritime law associated offices in the Europe, Middle East and North Africa, for the purpose of prompt and professional settlement of our clients’ tasks.

Interlegal lawyers are active members of special international shipping associations.

Please read our articles about shipping practice. We have them written for many years – probably you will find below answers to the issues of concern for your business. Otherwise, you may contact our experts for assistance in your business.




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    In order to avoid potential difficulties entailed by the breach of a contract, the parties often agree to amend its provisions so as to nevertheless perform the contract. The innocent party, however, must be utterly cautious when renegotiating such amendments in order not to worsen its position...more
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    “Selfless” actions of law enforcement bodies of Ukraine aimed to struggle for law compliance but eventually resulted in manifold gross violation of the law. Furthermore, such actions of law enforcement officers may serve as a reason for serious international investigations and conflicts. Let us review the occurred situation in details...more
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    It is well known that customs law creates a very specific legal regime that affects the status of persons and things belonging to them when such things are placed under customs control, but their clearance is not completed. Customs regulations objectively generate such a field, in which the rights of persons and the legal regime of things belonging to them, though habitual in domestic turnover, are largely changed...more
  • International Forum on Seafarers Education, Training and Crewing10.09.15 10.09.15
    This important event, organised by the Odessa National Maritime Academy, was well supported by many of the world s leading ship managers and crewing agencies. This should come as no surprise, as Ukraine is the third largest provider of seafarers to members of the International Maritime Employers Council (IMEC) after Philippines and India.more
  • Jurisdictions of Black Sea countries: crisis aggravates23.08.15 23.08.15
    All the Black Sea countries, namely Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, and the new Black Sea state – Moldova, have their own special rules. Black Sea Region is unique in whole, thus it is crucial for determining the rules of conduct applied to members of maritime industry. Black Sea is recognized as the worst place in the world upon vessel condition and terms of vessel operations. Representatives of the International Transport Workers’ Federtation (ITF) were the first who...more
  • Force-Majeure: practical legal consequences25.03.15 25.03.15
    Clear contractual terms usually guarantee successful transaction. But sometimes occurring force majeure events negatively impact the parties, who face problems in fulfillment of their contractual obligations. Usually such problems entail additional financial liabilities. The term \"force - majeure\" is commonly understood as “irresistible force\" or \"incidental event\", which impedes the occurrence of counterparty’s performance of contractual obligations. The terms \"incidental event\" and ...more

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