Maritime Law

Cyprus is one of the largest and most widely-known shipping centres in the world, having both ship-owning and ship management companies, and is an ideal destination for shipping companies around the world, as it provides one of the most efficient ship registration system, and attractive tax advantages for ship-owning and ship-management companies.

According to Cypriot law, any ship can be registered under the Cypriot flag, provided it meets the ownership prerequisites of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships, Sales and Mortgages) Law of 1963 (45/1963), as amended from time to time.

Applications for the registration of ships and for the related transactions in the Register of Cyprus Ships or in the Special Book of Parallel Registration must be submitted to the Registrar of Cyprus Ships.

It should be noted that apart from the headquarters of our firm in the heart of Nicosia, our firm also maintains an office in Limassol that effectively provides close access to Cyprus’s main port and also to the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry which is based in Limassol. This enables our shipping team to facilitate the completion of shipping transactions, deliver prompt service when completing various registry transactions, and respond promptly to urgent matters.

Our shipping team has the relevant knowledge and expertise and a long-term view of the shipping legal framework and market to facilitate the needs of our clients by providing comprehensive legal services on shipping matters in a professional and efficient manner.

Our shipping team provides legal services, including, amongst others:

  • Ship and Vessel registration and compliance with the rules and guidelines of the Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping
  • Chartering, including time and voyage charters parties
  • Sale and Purchase of second-hand tonnage and memoranda of agreement
  • Ship Financing transactions
  • Enforcement of ship charges and mortgages
  • Choice of flag
  • Ship building and repair contracts
  • Towage agreements
  • Ship management agreements and related matters
  • Drafting and negotiating of shipping-related contracts
  • Shipping loans and mortgages registration

Please feel free to contact a member of our firm for any further information and/or clarifications.

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