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Marine Litigation

Vassallo Associates brings together a fine legal practice dedicated to marine litigation.

We are amongst the leading Maltese firms in the field of maritime law, on account of our knowledge and understanding of the industry, familiarity with the practices prevailing in this sector, and for our contribution to legal developments affecting the industry.

The firm acts primarily for insurers and P&I Clubs, international law firms, ship and yacht owners and operators, and advises on the full spectrum of international trade and admiralty issues. As part of our daily practice we advise on:

  • Charter party disputes and cargo claims.
  • Ship sale & purchase.
  • Collisions and groundings.
  • Salvage and towage.
  • Personal injury and death.
  • Heavy weather claims.
  • Ship arrest and release.
  • 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.

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