Maritime trade and transport accounts for 75 per cent of major commercial merchandise transactions around the world. On the so-called ‘dry shipping’ side, maritime law relates to the use of the vessel through charter parties, bills of lading, and contracts of affreightment. Wet shipping relates to marine-specific concepts such as salvage or general average, as well as the law pertaining to accidents, collisions, towage and other misadventures.
Maritime law is also called Admiralty law, but should be distinguished from the ‘Law of the Sea’ which may be defined as public international law. Instead, the ‘ Law of the Sea’ includes international treaties and conventions, regulating aspects such as the sovereignty nations enjoy over the sea, environmental standards, and international fishing rights.
Fichte & Co’s highly skilled shipping department extends across the full range of maritime law, and it is considered the strongest related firm in the region.
At Fichte & Co, Managing Partner Jasamin Fichte leads a team that is ‘impeccable, in all areas.’ It handles an array of high-value claims for international clients and government entities.
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