Shipping, Aviation and Logistics

‘A shipping law powerhouse servicing P&I clubs, charterers, owners and banks on an array of wet and dry work.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2018

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For over a century, we have met the demands of the industry by providing shipping and logistics services to our extensive range of local and international clients. For our comprehensive Aviation service offering, click here.

Our lawyers have been involved in many of the most significant local casualties over the past two decades, recently including the collisions involving the “Chemstar Jewel” and the “Sunrise Jade”, the fires aboard the “Tai Shan” and the “Maersk Londrina”, the sinking of the “Kiani Satu”, the grounding of the “Smart” and the loss of containers overboard the “Seroja Lima”.

We have received praise from the Legal 500, highlighting the fact that we undertake work ranging from “traditional ship finance to major casualty work”; are “trustworthy”; have a “professional approach”; and provide “a prompt and efficient service” rooted in “a clear knowledge of the law”. Clients also appreciate our “international knowledge and perspective”.

According to a client quoted by Chambers & Partners, our team was “excellent”, “very practical” and “helped us get done what we had to get done in the most efficient way possible”. Another said the size of our team means we “can handle a big enforcement, with lots of moving parts and competing claims”.

Our specialist services include casualty response, shipping litigation, commercial shipping and finance and logistics.

In addition, our Ports Terminals and Logistics Corridors Sector Group has extensive expertise in the ports, terminals and logistics corridors sector across numerous countries on the African continent.

Please navigate to our signature matters page to view highlighted signature matters for Shipping.

Click here to download our Enforcement and Defence of Maritime Claims in South Africa guide.

Emergency Response

Southern Africa’s dangerous coastline is notorious for serious high profile losses. We strive to provide immediate legal and practical assistance. Our shipping experts are available 24 hrs a day via our National Helpline (+27 21 480 7920). In case of emergency, the following people will be available:

Cape Town
Craig Cunningham: +27 82 806 6001
Jeremy Prain: +27 72 596 7658

Andrew Pike: +27 83 295 3925
Mark van Velden: +27 82 461 6256

Significant Matters