BLG’s Shipping Law Group serves Canadian and international clients throughout the marine industry, including shipping lines, shipowners and operators, charterers, terminal operators, P&I clubs, H&M underwriters and general marine insurers. We act as legal correspondents to a number of P&I clubs around the world, while providing practical and proactive advice to meet the needs and challenges of the marine industry.

Our strength lies in our commitment to being Canada`s pre-eminent law firm serving the marine industry, and in the resources that we bring to that commitment. We invest in professional excellence, and support the development of our Shipping lawyers in their quest to becoming recognized leaders in the marine sector. Our diversified practice, wide client base and knowledge sharing initiatives allow our lawyers to provide advice that is timely, relevant and comprehensive.  Our collegial teamwork-based environment provides clients with immediate access to the Firm’s broad spectrum of specialized knowledge. We work in conjunction with other practice groups within our Firm so as to offer our marine clients seamless service in other specialized areas.

BLG is at the forefront of maritime law development, and is often involved in the leading judicial decisions which form the essence of maritime law in Canada. We assist clients in submissions before Parliamentary Committees and during government inquiries, act for clients in the context of investigations by the Transportation Safety Board, Transport Canada, and Canadian Coast Guard, and regularly appear before all levels of our judiciary including the Supreme Court of Canada, various Courts of Appeal, trial level and administrative tribunals, including the Canadian Transportation Agency, and foreign and domestic arbitral tribunals.


Representative Work

  • Regularly advise shipping lines, shipowners, operators, charterers, and NVOC`s around the world in such areas as casualty investigations, environmental incidents, collisions, charter party issues, cargo claim defence, arrest of vessels, regulatory matters, vessel sale and finance, and general commercial activity involving marine property.
  • Charter party and other disputes in arbitration and judicial proceedings in Canada, including shipyard and ship repair disputes.
  • Customs and Regulatory advice to shipowners, liner operators and terminals in Canada.
  • Advice on coverage and liability issues for P&I clubs and other marine insurers.  
  • Leading advice in the area of Canadian Arctic Navigation.

Rankings & Recognitions

The Shipping Law Group or its members are recognized in: 

  • The 2018 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2018 (and since 2017) edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2017 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1).
  • The 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada — Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys.
  • The 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada.