Maritime

Ship owners today face both an increase in operating costs and plummeting freight rates due to a massive influx of new shipping vessels, not to mention the continuing threat of international piracy and pressure from environmental groups to curb emissions on the high seas. Financing has become an increasingly critical issue for shipbuilders as weakness in the European banking sector has squeezed access to capital and other government loan programs have been depleted.

Ports and terminals, on the other hand, have seen a flurry of activity, and manufacturers and distributors continue to depend on water transportation as a reliable way to move products and raw material across their global supply chains. The expansion of the Panama Canal has created a flow of capital into the construction and improvement of port facilities in both North and South America.

McGuireWoods’ maritime practice serves a wide range of maritime clients, including:

  • Barge owners
  • Bridge owners and operators
  • Cargo owners and shippers
  • Coal companies and other energy companies
  • Lenders involved in vessel financing and leasing
  • Ocean transportation intermediaries
  • Offshore wind developers
  • Port authorities and terminal owners and operators
  • Shipyards and marine contractors
  • Tug companies
  • Vessel owners and charterers

Our lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of maritime law, which calls for extensive knowledge of state, federal, and international rules and regulations that span issues ranging from vessel safety and flags of convenience to marine insurance and complex charter arrangements. They also understand the implications of demurrage and other issues that impact the cost of moving cargo from rail and trucks to vessels.

We assist our maritime clients in the following areas:

  • Acquisition and registration of domestic and foreign flagged vessels
  • Cargo Damage claims
  • Charter agreements for a wide range of vessels
  • Construction projects relating to port and related infrastructures
  • Contract negotiations and dispute resolutions
  • Vessel construction and repairs
  • Insurance coverage
  • Litigation relating to uniquely maritime issues such as COGSA and the Jones Act
  • Oil pollution and environmental matters
  • Compliance with international treaties and federal, state and local laws
  • Representation before the United States Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission and Maritime Administration
  • Risk analysis and review of supply chain strategies
  • Vessel documentation and financing
Transportation-Maritime

CONTACTS

John D. Padgett Partner T: +1 757 640 3779
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Port terminal operator

McGuireWoods persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to affirm a grant of summary judgment previously obtained by the firm on behalf of APM Terminals in an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) lawsuit.
Representative Matter

Terminal operator

Represented APM Terminals North America, Inc. in the negotiation and litigation arising from the dissolution of the Versiant Corporation contract with APM Terminals North America, Inc.
Representative Matter

Defended client in criminal price fixing investigation by the DOJ and follow-on civil litigation.

Representation of a domestic ocean container shipping company in a criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice of price-fixing of ocean transportation rates  and defense of related treble-damage actions brought by customers seeking to recover damages as a result of the alleged conspiracy.
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APM Terminals Virginia, Inc.

Represented APM Terminals Virginia, Inc. as real estate counsel in a 20 year $800+ Million port lease to the Virginia Port Authority representing the leasing of the largest privately owned port facility on the east coast.
Representative Matter

International port terminal operations and logistics company

Negotiation of numerous domestic and international technology, licensing, consulting services and telecommunications agreements, including outsourcing portions of information technology divisions and frame relay services, technology transfer and acquisition and enterprise licensing for international port terminal operations and logistics company.
Representative Matter

Leading US ocean shipping and integrated logistics company

Represented a leading U.S. ocean shipping and integrated logistics company in a $314 million tender offer.
Representative Matter

Major Danish bank

Acting for major Danish bank on a UK commercial property finance transaction in relation to Norwegian-owned shipping company.
Representative Matter

Terminal operator

Representation of terminal operator in the construction of $500 million dollar container terminal.
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Sabrina A Beldner Sabrina A. Beldner
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 310 956 3419
F: +1 310 956 3119
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T:+1 415 844 1947
F: +1 415 844 1925

Ben Hatch Benjamin L. Hatch
Partner
World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655

2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 757 640 3727
F: +1 757 640 3947
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Matthew C Kane Matthew C. Kane
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 310 315 8295
F: +1 310 956 3195
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T:+1 415 844 1945
F: +1 415 844 1923

Chris Lloyd Christopher D. Lloyd
Sr. VP & Director, Infrastructure & Economic Development McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1902
F: +1 804 698 2270
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Amy B Manning Amy B. Manning
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 8904
F: +1 312 558 4386
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John D Padgett John D. Padgett
Partner
World Trade Center
101 West Main Street
Suite 9000
Norfolk, VA 23510-1655

T: +1 757 640 3779
F: +1 757 640 3968
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Anna L Reimers Anna L. Reimers
Counsel
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 373 8094
F: +1 704 353 6205
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Angelo Russo Angelo M. Russo
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 849 8168
F: +1 312 849 8169
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Article

The P3 Alliance

Will It Pass Muster With EU Regulators?

The Maritime Executive
January 29, 2014
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