Maritime Contracts

At Hohenstein & Parkinson, LLP, our lawyers assist clients with all matters relating to maritime contracts. The very nature of the maritime industry, which is by definition and in reality global in scope, requires a careful approach to the preparation and execution of the key documents in maritime transactions.

The firm advises clients on the drafting, review and analysis of these key documents, including charter parties (bareboat, time and voyage), contracts of affreightment and bills of lading. Our attorneys also assist with the relevant aspects (e.g., dispute resolution, choice of forum and law clauses) of other transactional documents, such as ship’s mortgages and financing documents.

Our lawyers also support clients in other transactional projects, including the conduct of due diligence projects related to the acquisition of maritime corporate entities, the analysis of new lines of maritime business and the corporate structure and governance of inter-related maritime entities.

Maritime Contract Inquiries

For additional information or to schedule a consultation, please call 917.873.2528 or send an email to

Representative Engagements

The following matters illustrate the range of our experience:

  • On behalf of an established petroleum retailer, drafted time and voyage charters, including all additional terms
  • For a major commodity manufacturer, prepared a dry cargo contract of affreightment
  • Advised an ocean liner carrier on updating and refining terms of service contracts
  • Prepared a bareboat charter related to a vessel re-flagged for certain aspects of the Jones Act trade
  • Assisted in the due diligence process related to acquisition of a vessel owning entity
  • Provided advice to the board of directors of a shipowning company as to corporate governance issues