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AKD's Shipping & Offshore team is regularly involved in the design and the financing of vessels and offshore objects from the word go. We advise on the construction of dredgers, crane ships, cable layers, tugboats, fishing boats, heavy-lift ships and offshore platforms. A niche expertise we offer concerns the construction of yachts and superyachts.    

Our clients ask us for advice on the most favourable operation and the best way to mitigate risks. We will devise structures and draft tailor-made charters and pooling agreements, and answer questions about tonnage tax and profit allocation against the background of tax treaties. Our team also advises on transfer pricing, VAT and customs aspects. The drafting of smart documentation to accompany the transportation of cargo by sea and inland waterways is another service we offer.

You can also rely on us in the event of an accident or dispute. Our experienced lawyers will look after your interests worldwide by taking swift and effective action guided by their expertise and creativity. 

The team in addition boasts specific know-how and experience in the field of maritime employment law. Our lawyers advise predominantly maritime employers on a range of issues such as the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and ensuing national legislation. Other topics on which they advise relate to the Dutch Minimum Wage and Minimum Holiday Allowance Act and the Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act.

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