Maritime

Izard Weston are New Zealand experts in maritime law

Izard Weston has wide experience and expertise in all aspects of maritime law advising a wide range of participants in the maritime sector including shipowners, charterers, port operators, salvors, P & I Clubs, harbour authorities and governments. Our maritime practice includes dry shipping, admiralty, ship arrest, groundings, oil spills, crisis management and regulatory compliance. We maintain a regional practice, with considerable experience in Pacific Islands shipping matters.

We have significant general shipping experience in both wet and dry shipping, including admiralty, ship arrests, groundings, collisions, salvage and towage, port/berth disputes, marine insurance, international trade and carriage of goods, cargo and charter party disputes, ship building and repair contracts, regulatory matters, defence of maritime prosecutions, shipping casualties and maritime crisis management.

The firm has been involved in the aftermath of all major shipping casualties occurring in New Zealand waters over recent decades, including Wahine, Pacific Charger, Dong Won 529, Jody F MillenniumTai Ping, Kotuku and Rena.

Izard Weston has significant regulatory experience in relation to enforcement action brought under the Maritime Transport Act, Maritime Rules, and the Submarine Cables and Pipelines Protection Act. This is in both prosecution and defence roles. The firm has also acted in law reform initiatives for clients with considerable success engaging with Parliament and government agencies.

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