Next Generation Partners

Shipping in Canada

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The long-standing transportation practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP consists of a dedicated shipping team, with lawyers practising from offices across Canada. Its vast client list includes ship-owners, operators, liner companies, charterers, marine terminal operators, defence clubs and ship builders. The team has a reputable dispute offering, often overseeing customs claims, cargo claims, ship arrests and major collision cases. In addition to contentious expertise, the team is also well versed in regulatory and transactional matters. The shipping group, which forms part of the firm’s wider transportation practice, is led by Jean-Marie Fontaine; he advises high-profile clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters with specific expertise in charter party contracts, limitation actions, collisions, spills and the arrest of cargos. Dionysios Rossi is noted for his specialized disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marie Fontaine

Other key lawyers:

Graham Walker; Dionysios Rossi; Jean-Francois Bilodeau

Key clients

Hapag Lloyd

Kirby Corporation

BELPacific Excavating and Shoring Limited Partnership

Ridley Terminals Inc.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd.

BC Ferries

BMT Fleet Technology

Major Insurers, Allianz, AXA XL, USAIG, AIG, TT Club, Swiss Re, Lloyds, ITIC

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

Chantier Davie Canada Inc.

Kintetsu World Express (Canada) Inc.

And many others

Work highlights

  • Represented Zim on several Federal Court actions arising out of a major ongoing vessel casualty incident on the West Coast of Canada involving the M/V Zim Kingston, a container vessel chartered by Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.