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Marine Litigation

Vassallo Associates has a strong legal practice dedicated to commercial and marine litigation. We bring together a formidable team of marine, superyacht and litigation lawyers who are highly regarded in their knowledge and contribution to the admiralty and maritime law practice in Malta.

Vassallo Associates stands apart and is held as a leading Maltese firm in the field of maritime law due to its knowledge, experience and understanding of the industry, familiarity with the practices prevailing in the sector and its contribution to legal developments affecting the industry.

Due in part to its excellent geographic position as a gateway between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Malta remains an important shipping nation in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta has a strong legislative framework that relies heavily on the Merchant Shipping Act which was promulgated in 1973 and which, together with its subsidiary legislation, largely governs shipping and yachting activities in Malta.

Our Maritime Law Services

Our team of maritime lawyers acts primarily for the P&I Clubs and underwriters, international law firms, ship and yacht owners and operators, and advises on the full spectrum of international trade, admiralty and crewing issues.

Our lawyers can advise on:

  • Charter party disputes
  • Cargo claims
  • Collisions and groundings
  • Salvage and towage
  • Personal Injury and death
  • Heavy weather claims
  • Ship arrest and release
  • Ship sale and purchase
  • Pollution and casualty investigation
  • MLC and abandonment of seafarers
  • Yachting

Vassallo Associates is actively involved in ship arrests in Malta and has assisted claimants in the arrest and judicial sales by auction of ships, as well as ship and yacht owners in arrest proceedings, vessel releases and counter-security measures.

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The firm regularly advises and assists with the arrest in foreign jurisdictions of vessels registered under the Maltese Flag. In particular, it has advised clients on Maltese Admiralty Law and issues concerning privileged claims and their respective priority.