Maritime Law and Insurance

Cox Yeats has extensive experience in the fields of maritime and international trade law and insurance.

The firm has developed an excellent reputation in this field and draws on a large base of local and international clients. The firm deals with all aspects of shipping (“wet” and “dry”). This includes the rendering of legal advice, preparation of claims, ship arrests and litigation. The firm has acted for banks, brokers, charterers, clearing and forwarding agents, importers and exporters, ships agents, local and international recovery agents, shipowners, ship yards, trade associations, trading companies, transport intermediaries, P&I Clubs, cargo insurers and hull insurers. The work handled by the firm includes:

  • Ship arrests
  • Claims under bills of lading
  • Charterparty disputes
  • Collisions and other casualties at sea
  • Salvage and general average
  • Sale and purchase of ships and pleasure craft
  • International contracts of sale and carriage
  • Drafting and interpretation of insurance policies
  • Marine insurance claims (cargo and hull)
  • Non-marine insurance claims
  • Claims against warehousemen, road and rail carriers
  • Advice on letters of credit and international trade transactions
  • Customs and port tariff disputes
  • Advice on standard terms and conditions
  • Litigation of claims
  • Drafting of commercial agreements
  • Claims against air carriers


“Cox Yeats has developed an excellent reputation in the fields of maritime, international trade and insurance law and deals with all aspects of wet and dry shipping. This includes handling ship arrests and litigation as well as general advisory work.”  The Legal 500


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Telephone: 031 536 8500

45 Vuna Close,
Umhlanga Ridge, 4319

PO Box 913, Umhlanga Rocks, 4320

GPS Co-ordinates: 29°43'45.9"S 31°04'19.3"E


Telephone: 010 015 5800

4 Sandown Valley Crescent, Sandton, Gauteng, 2196

GPS Co-ordinates: 26°06'09.0"S 28°03'02.7"E


Telephone: 021 879 2516

801, 8th Floor, Touchstone House,
7 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8001 | Dx 74 Cape Town

GPS Co-ordinates: 33°55'3.644:"S 18°25'19.66"E


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