Admiralty and Maritime
There are many ports and terminals along the Delaware River which receive ocean going vessels transporting cargo to and from the United States. The Admiralty and Maritime Group has extensive experience in representing the parties involved in these movements, including vessel owners and charterers, cargo shippers and receivers, stevedores and terminal operators, and towing companies and suppliers of necessaries, as well as their insurers. We have provided counseling and litigation support to these interests for claims involving personal injury and death, cargo loss and damage, collisions and allisions, pollution incidents, salvage and general average, as well as charter party, freight, and payment disputes.
Since cargo is not transported only by vessel, the scope of our service also reaches claims arising from transport by air, rail, and road. Relatedly, we handle claims arising from losses at storage locations, such as warehouses and container freight stations.
In addition, our admiralty attorneys have been active in representing interests engaged in the commercial fishing industry, the dredging industry, the cruise and excursion boat industry, and the recreational boat industry, including individual owners and operators. This involves not only claims for personal injury and death, vessel damage and losses, but also the construction, repair, purchase and sale of vessels.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced with the unique practices and procedures that apply to admiralty and maritime claims, including those for arresting and attaching vessels or other property, obtaining and preserving evidence, perfecting maritime liens, and limiting liability pursuant to the Limitation of Shipowner’s Liability Act. Given our experience, clients have appointed us to represent their interests in matters arising outside the region and our attorneys have handled cases in many other jurisdictions. We also maintain close relationships with maritime attorneys at ports throughout the United States and overseas, so we are in a position to obtain immediate assistance at those locations should the need arise. We have been selected to serve as correspondents for several P & I Clubs.
During the coming years, the greater Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington should be experiencing increased activity as the deepening of the Delaware River channel to 45′ progresses, and the Ports already are expanding their facilities to accommodate the business. Our admiralty and maritime attorneys are well qualified to provide representation with regard to the myriad incidents and issues that may develop during this exciting growth stage and in the years to follow.