Shipping and Offshore

Simonsen Vogt Wiig is recognised as one of the leading law firms within shipping and offshore and is one of the few to offer strength across the board in shipping and maritime law.

Shipping and Offshore is one of our core areas, and we are recognised as one of the leading legal firms in this business sector. Several of our lawyers are internationally ranked as leading within maritime law, shipping transactions and ship building/offshore construction. We assist Norwegian and foreign owners, suppliers, insurers, brokers, shipyards and financial institutions.

We regularly assist in respect of casualties and loss, as well as disputes in respect of casualties, cargo claims and insurance claims. We have extensive experience with litigation in courts and arbitrations related to various contract forms within Shipping and Offshore. Our transaction team is continuously handling a large number of sale and purchase of vessels, rigs and other offshore installations.

The last few years we have assisted ship owners, yards and financial institutions in more than 250 construction contracts for vessels and rigs in several jurisdictions, hereunder Norway, Croatia, Spain, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Singapore. Through our Singapore office we offer assistance in respect of negotiations and deliveries in Asia.

We also assist regularly with contract negotiations and advisory services related to chartering, installations and other contracts within shipping/offshore, re-flagging/registration of vessels and rigs (hereunder bareboat registration/dual flag), sanctions and ship/rig financing.

Together with our team within Oil and Gas, we have approximately 50 lawyers covering all aspects within the offshore industry.

Additionally, our other teams within Banking and Finance, Employment Law, IT and Technology, Corporate and M&A, Restructuring and Insolvency, EU/EEA and Competition Law, and Litigation and Arbitration have extensive experience assisting clients within the Shipping and Offshore industry.

A top ranked team

Our Shipping and Offshore practice is top ranked internationally by leading publications such as Legal 500.

The team is very quick to react and always delivers on time, they also have a deep understanding of the commercial aspects of contracts, which enables us to negotiate better terms with our counterparties.

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