our shipping, ports and logistics offering
ENSafrica’s shipping, ports and logistics department focuses on avoiding and minimising loss encountered in the business of shipping. Where loss is inevitable, the team aids in the recovery of such loss and does so in the most commercially sensible and effective way possible.
In addition, ENSafrica assists clients in a range of matters in and around Africa’s waters and has an ever-growing presence in harbours, including major ports in Accra, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Port Louis and Walvis Bay.
The team is well positioned to provide a comprehensive casualty response following incidents of collision; grounding; sinking; fire and explosion; pollution; and loss of, and damage to, cargo. The team is further able to facilitate matters concerning salvage and entry into bays and ports of vessels in distress, given its relationships with all relevant role players.
ENSafrica’s illustrious client profile includes P&I clubs and liner clients, and it regularly acts for fishing majors.
The shipping, ports and logistics department has expertise in assisting clients in respect of a range of matters, including:
- advising clearing and forwarding agents and other ships agents
- applications for fishing rights
- associated ship arrests
- cases concerning containers
- collisions, salvage and towage
- defeating claims against ship owners and charterers
- distribution of the proceeds of public auctions of vessels and other property
- drafting standard terms and conditions
- enforcement of maritime claims by arrest
- fishing rights appeals and review proceedings
- import and export trade
- judicial sale of vessels and other property
- litigation relating to damage to cargo
- litigation relating to marine insurance claims
- matters relating to cargo undergoing land-based transportation, including by road and rail
- matters relating to bills of lading and charterparties
- personal injury and death claims for seamen and their dependants
- preparation of commercial agreements
- purchase and sale of ships
- representation of mortgagees’ interests
- security arrests
- ship building agreements
- ship finance
- ship owners’ claims for wrongful arrest
- trade finance