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.



  • P&I Tips24.04.14 24.04.14

    The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) entered into force on 20 August 2013. Ukraine did not ratify the MLC, which means, formally, its standards are not mandatory in Ukraine. However, P&I Clubs and Shipowners have to turn their attention to new developments which are in place since MLC 2006 is in force, as Ukrainian seafarers mostly work on ships flying the flag of the states-members of MLC. Hence, Ukrainian personal injury lawyers and the representatives of trade union may claim...more
  • Possessory lien on cargo in the Black Sea: how to do it in Ukraine14.03.14 14.03.14

    Failure of the charterer to pay the freight or demurrage amount incurred at the port of loading is quite frequent situation in the carriage of goods by sea. In the shipping business, the most common type of shipowner’s remedy is the right of lien over the cargo in his possession.more
  • Arrest of vessels in Black sea countries07.09.14 07.09.14

    The countries of the Black Sea Basin (Ukraine, Russian Federation, Georgia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova – new Black Sea сountry) have their features of ship arrest. Yes, there are special rules which govern the arrest of ships in each Black Sea Country. Therefore we may say that efforts to create a uniform set of rules have not been fully succeeded, making it difficult to provide legal support and have ships released from detention. But...more
  • Ukrainе– EU Association Agreement - in focus Trade, Maritime and Customs24.11.14 24.11.14

    The Association Agreement between the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part (hereinafter \"the Agreement\") is an international agreement aimed at deepening integration between the...more
  • The Problems and perspectives of the salvage on the Danube River26.11.14 26.11.14

    Salvage has a very long history, dating back to the 11th century B.C. Since that period it went through the development to the stage where it is now. However, not all of the countries and navigable waters have convenient legislation and marine practice on salvage.more
  • Maritime law in Ukraine30.06.14 30.06.14

    Ukraine is a maritime state on Black sea and Azov Sea coasts, which has its own fleet, shipbuilding and ship repair facilities, 18 sea ports and 11 river ports on two rivers, the Dnieper and the Danube, open for navigation.more
  • Crimean Ports: Now and After30.09.14 30.09.14

    On March 27, 2014 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Ukraine, which called upon States, international organizations and other institutions not to accept any change in the status of the Crimea and Sevastopol, and to refrain from any action that could be interpreted as an admission of any changes to that status. Thus, a new status quo has emerged, which creates a chain reaction setting in...more
  • General view on service providers’ liability in Ukraine02.09.14 02.09.14

    Ukrainian Law does not contain specific provisions as for the service providers’ liability. Such is regulated by general provisions stipulated by the law for the liability of the forwarders and/or the carriers and/or the warehouse operators as the case may be.more
  • Changing shape of eastern Europe25.04.14 25.04.14

    Ukraine is situated between the European Union (EU) and Russia. On the one hand, Ukraine has land borders with the EU member states of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. And, on the other, it has border crossings with developing Eastern European economies, namely Russia, Belarus and Moldova.

  • And Ships of Every Flag Shall Come?17.03.14 17.03.14

    The existing practice of bringing shipowners and masters to financial and administrative liability for the discharge of segregated ballast in ports of Ukraine became a byword. Often sampling of ballast water on ships is made in violation of the rules..


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