Areas of Practice

Maritime Law

  • Collisions
  • Salvage
  • Charter Parties
  • Stevedoring
  • Fisheries
  • Environmental
  • Labour
  • Insurance
  • Asset Transfers

Vancouver is home to the third-largest port by tonnage in North America, which means that maritime law issues are more prevalent in this region than almost anywhere else in Canada. Port authorities, major terminal operators, liability insurers, PMI clubs, and cargo and hull insurers are just some of the corporate and institutional clients that rely upon Owen Bird’s familiarity with the issues facing business at sea and the expertise of our maritime law group.

Owen Bird’s maritime lawyers have particular experience in matters relating to cargo coverage and damage, collisions, stevedoring, insurance (both defence and subrogated claims), regulatory matters, and other maritime claims, both in federal and provincial courts and at trial and appellate levels. We also keep our clients up to date on the latest arbitration procedures under the International Commercial Arbitration Act, new case law applying the Maritime Liability Act, and other breaking developments in maritime law.