Admiralty & Shipping

IMG has a robust admiralty and maritime law practice. Focusing on both litigation and transactional matters in the United States and beyond, IMG represents clients from every corner of the maritime industry: shippers, carriers, ship owners, stevedores, energy companies, cruise lines, non-vessel-operating common carriers, salvage companies, shipyards, and insurers. IMG works to ensure that maritime disputes are resolved quickly and effectively and that client projects are negotiated, structured and documented with care and full attention to detail.

IMG is one of the only law firms in the Pacific Northwest that focuses on both the transactional side and the litigation side of charter party agreements. With experience in bareboat, time and voyage charters, contracts of affreightment and slot charters, dry bulk and containerized cargoes, oil, gas and products, IMG regularly acts on behalf of the region’s largest shipowners and charterers. Indeed, our expertise in transactional and contentious charter party matters gives us an invaluable perspective – we can foresee the problems that might arise and take steps to avoid them.

When emergent problems arise in the fishing industry, our clients need immediate resolution to prevent or mitigate product spoliation or the loss of an entire fishing season. IMG is prepared to resolve matters on an urgent basis and to travel widely at short notice.  IMG also regularly advise clients on business entity formation, including fishing company start-ups, establishment and operation of joint ventures, business purchase and sales, preparation of catching and commercial fishing agreements and fishing contracts, vessels and quota, risk management and compliance contracts, and financing issues, including the preparation of loan, financing and security agreements.

Many disasters, both at sea and on land, unfortunately result in death or personal injury. At IMG, we have the necessary experience in defending and prosecuting companies and insurers in maritime and offshore energy cases, particularly in incidents that involve vessels, such as cruise ships, oil field supply vessels, drilling ships and offshore installations. IMG strives to identify the most satisfactory resolution to the client’s situation, keeping in mind various practical and cost-effective approaches to curb the detrimental effects of publicity and to meet the client’s needs and objectives.

IMG has experience in dealing with the legal issues connected with shipping casualties and salvage operations. IMG is prepared to act for salvors during and in the aftermath of shipping casualties and ensuing operations, dealing with environmental and pollution concerns, towage, wreck removal and ship recycling issues. Our team is familiar with all types of salvage agreements, including Lloyd’s Open Form, SCOPIC and general commercial agreements. We deal with all parties that may be involved in salvage operations, including owners, insurers, government, and local interests.

IMG advises clients on the creation and revision of shipbuilding contracts and the associated documents of such contracts, such as performance and refund guarantees. Clear and concise drafting is essential for major projects.  Thus, we aim to produce unambiguous contractual wordings. We are regularly retained by clients to review new build, repair and conversion contracts and associated financing and insurance contracts for all types of vessels, from conventional commercial ships to specialist vessels for the offshore industry.

IMG’s team is involved with each aspect of the purchase and sale of vessels, including negotiations between the buyers and the sellers, as well as, the full spectrum of non-contentious financial work associated with any purchase and sale (i.e. ship finance and leasing transactions, corporate structures for ship ownership and joint ventures, ship construction, and refund guarantees).  IMG advises a diverse range of U.S. and international clients, including owners and operators.