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Our shipping group can provide the full gamut of legal services in this area, including representing clients in shipping litigations before maritime courts, higher courts, and the Supreme People’s Court and in domestic and international maritime arbitration and advising on non-contentious matters such as financial leasing of ships, and restructuring and M&As of shipping companies.


Our lawyers graduated from well-known maritime universities or law schools in China or abroad and possess solid and comprehensive knowledge of maritime laws and shipping practices. They are adept at handling maritime litigation and dealing with accident scenes. Several partners on the group are now serving as arbitrators for the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC). Our group features solid expertise, rich experience, English proficiency, and strong capabilities of tackling complex shipping disputes for domestic and foreign clientele, representing one of the strongest practices in the shipping field in China.


Our clients include, among others, companies specialized in import and export trading, shipping, ship management, and logistics, as well as crewing companies, ports and docks, shipyards, financial leasing companies, insurance companies, and P&I clubs.

Scope of Services

Services include:

Maritime tortious disputes

  • Collisions with ships or rocks, groundings, and strandings

  • Damage caused by vessels to fishing facilities, fish farming facilities, farmed seafood, and above-water or underwater facilities

  • Marine engineering and product quality liability

  • Wrongful liens on ships, cargo, and materials/fuels/spare parts of ships

  • Marine pollution and cleanup

  • Marine salvage, towage, and recovery of sunken ships

  • General average

  • Maritime personal injury

  • Shipping fraud

  • Other maritime torts

Maritime commercial disputes

  • Contracts for carriage of goods by sea, including damage to cargo, cargo shortages, release of cargo without original bills of lading, endorsement of bills of lading, and pledges

  • Disputes over charter parties, including time charter and bareboat charter

  • Sale and purchase, financial leasing, operation and management of ships

  • Building, repair, and engineering of ships

  • Ship ownership, priority, mortgage, and lien

  • Towage and pilotage contracts

  • Ship and freight agency, logistics, and warehousing

  • Contracts for supply of materials, fuels, and spare parts of ships

  • Maritime labor and employment disputes

  • Port operations, and leasing, operations, and management of ports and docks

  • Custody, mortgage, pledge (supervision), and financial leasing of port cargo, port equipment, and containers; maritime transport, sale and purchase of ships, ship engineering

  • Guarantees, independent guarantees, and letters of credit relating to building and operations of ships

  • Marine insurance and P&I insurance

Special Maritime Procedures

  • Security of maritime claims, maritime evidence preservation, and maritime injunctions

  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign-related arbitral awards

  • Liability limitation funds for maritime claims, including liability limitation funds for oil pollution claims

  • Public summons for, for instance, loss of a bill of landing

Non-contentious matters

  • Drafting transaction documents and providing legal opinions for ship financing and container financing

  • Providing long-term counseling service over various shipping and maritime business for clients

  • Advising shipping companies, shipyards, logistics companies, port companies, etc. on restructuring, M&A, bankruptcy, and other matters


  • International trade contracts

  • International trade settlement and letters of credit

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