Strategic Thinking and Greater Legal Certainty for your Business

A stable Brazilian currency and the country’s economic recovery have contributed to increased commercial activity in the shipping sector, as well as in other related markets, such as cruises.

Backed by specific legislation, Almeida Advogados’ shipping attorneys apply their experience and knowledge to achieve greater security and reliability for shipping transactions.

R$ 1,08 biGenerated in Brazil from cruises in the 2021/2022 season
375,7 milthousand tons of cargo passed through Brazilian ports in the 1st quarter of 2022

Almeida Advogados’ specialized team supports Brazilian and foreign clients alike in the shipping and port sectors, including the following:

  • Draft and negotiate contracts for transporting and chartering vessels, operating passenger terminals and purchasing and selling vessels, among other related documents;

  • Engaging in litigation related to cargo loss and damage;

  • Completing investigations into shipping accidents in conjunction with a network of accredited experts and interacting with government officials responsible for the investigations. Advising on jurisdiction and administrative liability;

  • Assisting with matters related to salvage, pollution and environmental liability, removal of wrecks at sea and navigation accidents in general. Applying extensive experience in administrative proceedings before governmental authorities at the federal, state and municipal levels;

  • Analyzing and interpreting policies and insurance coverage issues in general;

  • Counseling on receiving insurance for hulls, machinery, responsibility and indemnity, subrogation, disputes involving insurance coverage and breach of contractual clauses;

  • Settling claims and defending in legal disputes. Advising carriers and their insurers and Protection and Indemnity Clubs (P&I Clubs) on indemnity and labor claims;

  • Acting in disputes related to the seizure of vessels;

  • Assisting with the purchase and sale of vessels and the transfer of property, as well as in proceedings before the Shipping Registry, Port Authority and any other transaction-related dispute;

  • Defending port terminal operators in cases involving civil liability, permits and environmental licensing before entities having jurisdiction;

  • Assisting with matters involving the registration of vessels in Brazil and on the main international registers, as well as change in flag;

  • Representing clients at Brazilian and international arbitration proceedings involving the shipping sector.

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