Gawthrop Greenwood represents local, national, and international transportation companies in their maritime and transportation needs.  Our maritime attorneys have vast experience in all facets of commercial transactions, financing, regulatory and legislative issues, environmental issues, casualty litigation and contract disputes:

  • Commercial transactions and finance
    • Construction and repair contracts
    • Agreements of sale and purchase
    • Time, bareboat and voyage charters
    • Debt financing
    • Lease financing
    • Management agreements
    • Crewing agreements
  • Government regulation, U.S. citizenship and Jones Act issues
    • Vessel documentation
    • Flag registries, especially U.S. flag
    • Coastwise trade laws and U.S. citizenship requirements
    • Government agencies (including the U.S. Maritime Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and legislative bodies
    • Foreign transfer orders and waivers
    • Rebuild classifications
    • Government-sponsored programs for the marine industry such as Title XI and government contracts
    • Bowater certifications
  • Environmental
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard with respect to pollution investigations and casualties
    • Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and similar statutory frameworks
    • Toxic Substances Control Act to the foreign sale and operation of vessels
    • Recycling of vessels domestically and overseas
  • Litigation
    • Claim adjustments, trials and arbitrations in federal and state courts regarding personal injury (both on-board and pierside), casualty, pollution incidents, and maritime lien enforcements
    • Cost recovery actions and the defense of claims arising out of collisions, allisions, groundings, pollution incidents and cargo claims
    • Litigation involving enforcement of maritime contracts, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy claims

We represent clients in the U.S. and internationally including Alaskan, Gulf of Mexico, East Coast, Great Lakes and inland waterway trades.

We stay up-to-the-minute on relevant issues as active members of industry groups, and by participating as speakers at conferences and industry meetings.