The cities of Douala and Kribi in Cameroon boast seaports that serve most of the landlocked countries in the CEMAC region. Our innate familiarity with these cities and frequent collaborations within our extensive network puts us in a strong position to serve our clients’ best interests in this area.
Our maritime and international trade practice covers the shipping and wider commodities trading sectors. Regarding maritime, we provide advice to clients on contentious and non-contentious, corporate and regulatory matters regarding marine commerce, carriage of goods by sea, carriage of passengers by sea and applicable restrictions. We also have experience in maritime litigation including in the arrest and release of vessels on behalf of lenders, protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs, vessel owners and charterers.
Our profound industry knowledge enables us to advise on various transactions relating to the drafting and review of charterparties, bills of lading, the formation of ship ownership and ship registration, joint ventures, labour including ship personnel, port & logistics, freight forwarding, ship agency, ship finance and lease, ship sale and purchase, ship mortgage registrations, ship recycling, oil and commodities trading, trade finance, international sales, customs procedures, marine insurance, marine casualties, and pollution.
In relation to our trading clients, our goal is to provide the required support and logistics system to facilitate the organic growth of their businesses whilst minimising risks and resolving any disputes that could arise in the course of their trades.
On the back of this, our firm is capable of acting on behalf of a wide range of operators within this sector including owners, charterers, shipyards, insurers, P&I clubs, financiers, international agencies, brokers, offshore and marine companies, port and terminal operators/promoters, petroleum marketing and distribution companies, commodity trading houses and trade associations.