Maritime & Shipping

Stikeman Elliott’s long-standing maritime and shipping practice provides comprehensive litigation, insurance, regulatory and transactional legal services to national and global clients. Involved in many of Canada’s leading maritime matters, the team includes members of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), the Polar Shipping International Working Group, and a former President of the Canadian Maritime Law Association.

We deliver multi-disciplinary support to maritime clients throughout Canada from the Montréal office, drawing on tax, corporate, insurance, regulatory, and litigation experts in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver offices as needed. Long standing relationships with leading U.K. and U.S. law firms in this sector allow us to provide clients with seamless support and global legal strategy on multi-jurisdictional matters.

Our Expertise

  • Bills of lading and negotiable instruments
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Cargo claims and subrogation
  • Charter parties
  • CMI
  • CMLA
  • Construction contracts
  • Container trades
  • Death and personal injury claims
  • Defence/liability
  • Freight forwarding
  • IMO
  • Import and export
  • International Oil Pollution Fund
  • Multi-jurisdictional litigation
  • Pilotage and seaway authorities
  • Pollution
  • Port and terminal operations
  • Purchase, sale, finance and registration of vessels
  • Ship finance
  • Transport Canada
  • Tug, tow and salvage
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Transportation: Shipping
  • Chambers Global 2017 for Transportation: Shipping - Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Shipping & Maritime
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 for Transportation: Shipping