Fields of Law

Shipping and Transport Law


Shipping and Transport Law is at the heart of the firm’s activity. At our Hamburg offices, Shipping Law is a main focus, and the lawyers working here are experts within the field.

Our years of experience within this field of law enable our team to provide solutions to a variety of problems with regard to Shipping and Transport Law – focusing in our consistent approach with the law, not only in regard to consultation, but also in the drafting of contracts and dealing with legal disputes on a national and international level.

Ahlers & Vogel maintain numerous close links with international law firms and University institutions in order to ensure rapid, up to date information about different legal systems as well as local support. Taking account of our clients‘ requirements are our priority in this rapidly-evolving legal field.

As experts in Shipping and Transport Law, we have made a name for ourselves nationally and internationally, due to the competence and many years of experience our team of lawyers have, resulting in a diverse client base. It is comprised of shipping companies, P&I Clubs, funds initiators, shipyards, marine and transport insurance companies, forwarding agents, carriers, warehousing and logistics companies, insurance brokers and claims offices.

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Shipbuilding and ship purchase contracts may be subject of a large variety of disputes. Thorough the careful considerations of risk assessment and formulation of the contract, our team of lawyers help to ensure the proper delivery of vessels in order to avoid costly arbitration and court proceedings.


Charter parties for the employment of ships are of a diverse nature and often lead to disputes. The fact that contracting parties of different nationalities are involved often makes it even more difficult. Careful and precise wording of the contract is therefore mandatory.

Disputes regarding Bills of Lading do not only arise from cargo damages, but also from lack of knowledge and uncertainty about the information in the bill of lading or the identity of the contracting parties. It is precisely in this area that many years of experience cannot be replaced by anything.

Arrest of a vessel is an internationally widely used legal instrument for securing claims. This measure can disrupt the shipping operations severely and requires fast, flexible action. If we are concerned with an arrest abroad, our reliable worldwide contacts are able to help.

Shipping and Transport insurances are designed to mitigate the financial consequences of a claim. The defence of claims for liability, as well as the enforcement of these claims, requires the support of experienced lawyers in international insurance markets, considering these complex types of coverage.

Arbitration is an often-chosen alternative to state judicial proceedings with greater consideration of commercial interests. Many of our lawyers have many years of experience as arbitrators.

At Ahlers & Vogel, Transport Law covers all facets of transporting goods by sea, land and air. In addition to forwarding and freight law, this also includes warehousing, storage and handling, logistics as well as customs law and import turnover tax law.

Yachts are more than sea, sun and fun: they are a serious business operation and need proper care – technically, commercially and legally.

That is where the team at Ahlers & Vogel come in. Based in Hamburg, we are right in the heart of the German yachting industry, with all major German newbuilding and repair yards close by. Years of experience in the shipbuilding, ship repair and yachting industries means we have excellent relationships with key players in the market – be they shipyards, suppliers, insurers or lawyers.

Our lawyers in this field of law