Dawson Edwards & Associates has extensive Maritime (Shipping and Admiralty) law experience and a proven track record in many leading court cases. No less than three of its professional staff have Masters degrees in Maritime and Shipping law. We are able to assist you in almost every area of Maritime law including the following:
SHIP AND SECURITY ARRESTS
We are able to assist you with the arrest of vessels, containers, bunkers or any other maritime property in order to secure a claim or found jurisdiction, not only within South Africa but also internationally.
We have substantial experience in maritime casualties including wreck and wreck removal as well as groundings, collisions, the sinking of vessels and loss of life at sea.
P&I CLUB AND MARINE INSURANCE
We are able to assist you with all areas of marine insurance including protection and indemnity claims as well as hull, cargo and general average claims.
We are able to assist you in any salvage matters including salvage of vessels and life at sea as well as shore based wreck salvage.
We have extensive experience in cargo claims and are able to assist you to secure your rights in respect of any damage to your cargo whether it be due to the malfunction of reefer units, bad stowage, loss of cargo or any other fault on the part of the carrier.
MORTGAGE BOND AND SHIP REGISTRATIONS
We have vast experience in the registration of vessels and marine mortgage bonds in jurisdictions all over the world. We are able to assist you in this regard in the most cost effective manner possible due to our extensive network of contacts in international jurisdictions.
SHIP SALES, PURCHASES AND FINANCE
We are able to assist you to locate a suitable vessel for your needs as well as sell any vessel that may be supplementary to your requirements. Through our years of practice we have established an effective network of vessel brokers and financiers and would be happy to assist you in meeting your requirements.
We have in depth experience in drafting charter parties including time, voyage and bareboat charter parties. We have a wide precedent base of standard form charter parties but would also be happy to tailor make a charter agreement to suit your particular needs.
We are able to assist you in any marine pollution related matters and have a wide knowledge of the applicable international conventions as well as local regulations in respect of this area of law.