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Maritime Dutch lawyers

Maritime lawyer,

A global port such as Rotterdam is always busy and economic interests often play a big role. It is a world which our lawyers are very familiar with and they know about the treaties and details that play a role in that, enabling them to switch fast.

Our lawyers are experts in the field of seizing ships, litigation about international commercial disputes, advice about contracts between the various players in a port, litigation about cargo damage and collisions and all those other matters that are so typical of Rotterdam, all requiring knowledge or maritime law. Maritime labour law also forms part of our expertise.

We work for businesses in the shipping industry, shipowners, shipyards and agents.

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Judicial sale of vessels

The Netherlands is a suitable jurisdiction to enforce claims against ships. The arrest of vessels is a broadly used manner to obtain payment or security for a long outstanding claim. It is not always that vessels are subsequently released. Especially where various parties arrest a vessel there is always a risk that the vessel will not leave port in the same ownership. With a certain frequency seagoing vessels are sold before the Dutch Courts through a judicial sale by public auction.

Ship Arrest in The Netherlands

The Kingdom of The Netherlands is party to several international conventions within the maritime field, including the International Convention Relating to the Arrest of Sea-Going Ships (Brussels, May 10, 1952).

Legislative proposal on Concentration of shipping cases with the District Court of Rotterdam adopted

Not all legislative processes take a long time. The legislative proposal was sent to the House of Representatives on 11 April 2016. On 21 June 2016, the Senate – like the House of Representatives – dealt with the legislative proposal as a formality, and adopted it. The law will take effect at a time to be decided by royal decree.

Ship arrest in the Netherlands

The port of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam court are well-known amongst creditors who have a recoverable claim on seagoing vessels. Experience shows that ships usually can be seized easily and quickly. This is true compared to other jurisdictions. The court, lawyers and bailiffs are accustomed to acting quickly and enabling an arrest; it can happen that, at night, a ‘water’ lawyer asks a judge at his home for an arrest, after which the bailiff goes to the ship that same night. The vessel is then under arrest.

Ship arrest in the Netherlands

The port of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam court are well-known amongst creditors who have a recoverable claim on seagoing vessels. Experience shows that ships usually can be seized easily and quickly. This is true compared to other jurisdictions. The court, lawyers and bailiffs are accustomed to acting quickly and enabling an arrest; it can happen that, at night, a ‘water’ lawyer asks a judge at his home for an arrest, after which the bailiff goes to the ship that same night. The vessel is then under arrest.

Legislative proposal on Concentration of shipping cases with the District Court of Rotterdam adopted

Not all legislative processes take a long time. The legislative proposal was sent to the House of Representatives on 11 April 2016. On 21 June 2016, the Senate – like the House of Representatives – dealt with the legislative proposal as a formality, and adopted it. The law will take effect at a time to be decided by royal decree.

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