Afridi & Angell’s shipping and maritime practice is one of the most established and reputable practices in the region. Having been in the UAE for over 45 years, our partners are amongst the most senior practitioners and have been involved in every aspect of the law, not to mention their involvement in creating and shaping some of the UAE laws.
We represent and advise ship owners, Protection & Indemnity (P&I) Clubs, dry docks, freight forwarders, courier companies, and banks. We advise on arrest of vessels, shipbuilding contracts, cargo claims, regulation including environmental regulation relating to or affecting transportation.
Afridi & Angell is the UAE Legal Correspondent for a number of P&I clubs acting exclusively on behalf of their members on matters involving charterparties and bills of lading, collisions, release of vessels from arrests, as well as maritime and shipping disputes.
We have a history spanning decades of representing Drydocks World – Dubai and other shipyard and ship repair companies, including Newport News Shipbuilding, SembCorp Marine, Keppel Offshore & Marine, and Arab Heavy Industries, on various matters including arrest of vessels, recovery of repair costs, reviewing contracts and agreements, as well as providing dispute resolution services on disputes brought forward by or against our clients.
Acting as UAE anti-trust counsel for the world’s largest shipbuilding company on UAE competition matters in its USD1.78 billion takeover of one of the largest shipbuilders in South Korea.
Following the financial collapse of the OW Bunker Group in November 2014, advising a number of ship owners/operators, as well as bunker suppliers on claims filed by the bunker suppliers seeking to obtain payment by arresting or threatening to arrest the vessels.
Advising one of the world’s largest shipbuilding companies, in a dispute regarding default on mortgage payments by the owner of a vessel built by our client.
Advising an underwriter on its position in a case regarding limitation of liability in a marine collision.
Advising on a marine cargo claim involving food import regulations and the import of meat.
Advising the lender on a USD50 million multi-tranche asset finance facility to a prominent shipping company. The facility was used to finance the construction and acquisition of four vessels.
Successfully representing an engineering, procurement, heavy steel fabrication and construction company, in recovering the performance bond monies associated with a rig our client sold to the claimant, a Qatari oil company.
Acting for one of the defendants in a claim filed by a company engaged in bulk buying and trading of oil related products claiming that it is the owner of two cargoes of fuel oil that were purchased by the defendant and shipped on one of the claimant’s vessels. This matter involved an anti-suit injunction obtained in England and criminal proceedings in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Acting for the defendant in a dispute brought forward by a multinational auto manufacturer who obtained provisional attachment orders over containers carried on board a vessel owned by the defendant. The attachment orders were obtained on the grounds that the containers obtained counterfeit products branded under the claimant’s brand.
Representing employees of an international container transportation and logistics services company in a national security case where a container that transhipped through Jebel Ali was discovered to be carrying goods deemed a threat to the UAE’s national security. This case was heard before the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi.