Shipping in Oman

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is active in a wide range of shipping law matters, including ship collisions, development projects related to shipping and the financing of ships. The practice is led by Mansoor Jamal Malik and Dr Said Hilall Al Busaidy; Malik is praised for his 'very good knowledge of the local market'. The firm's client base includes both local Omani companies and prominent multinationals.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Malik; Dr Said Al Busaidy

Testimonials

‘Mansoor J Malik has very good knowledge of the local market and an excellent team to provide quality advice at a reasonable price.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Global Logistics Oman SAOC (Asyad)

Oman Shipping Company SAOC

Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering (DEME NV)

Oman International Container Terminal LLC

Ministry of Environment

Total SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Renaissance Services SAOG in its $1bn divestment of its wholly-owned subsidiary – OSV firm Topaz Energy and Marine Bermuda
  • Representing the Government of Oman before the different level of courts on liability for marine pollution, clean up and vessel salvage, applicable international law and a claim with the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund.
  • Advised Standard Chartered Bank in respect of a loan facility by Standard Chartered Bank to Jabal Shams Maritime Transportation Company Limited and Jabal Almisht Maritime Transportation Company Limited as joint and several borrowers (Borrowers) to finance the vessels “JABAL SHAMS” and “JABAL ALMISHT” guaranteed by Oman Shipping Company SAOC which is the sole shareholder of each Borrower. The Borrowers are all incorporated in the Marshall Islands and the Vessels are flagged under Marshall Islands flag.

Dentons

Under the leadership of Andrew Figgins, Dentons' broad shipping practice handles a varied range of work. On the contentious side, areas of activity include matters concerning ship arrests, collisions, casualties and pollution claims. Non-contentious work covers the development of shipping-related projects and regulatory advice. Figgins' team includes Dali Al Habboub, who leads on much of the team's dispute resolution work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Figgins

Other key lawyers:

Dali Al Habboub

Testimonials

‘Dentons showed a great willingness to engage peer-to-peer, showing incisiveness and flexibility. ’

‘They are both very personable and formal, as necessary. Willing to travel cross-country, in a time of the pandemic, to obtain the reports being sought, offering translator services only if necessary.’

Key clients

International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

Oman Sail

Shipowner’s Club

Work highlights

  • Advising Total E&P Oman Development BV on upstream concessions, construction & operation of a LNG plant, marketing & sales of LNG as bunkers, project financing and overall Omani & international regulatory compliance.
  • Advising International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPF) in relation to an OMR 7.7 million arising out of the sinking of the Nesa-R3 a tanker carrying 816 tonnes of bitumen off the Port of Sultan Qaboos in Oman in 2013.
  • Advising The Shipowners’ Club on liability issues under Omani maritime law arising from damage sustained to several vessels moored in Port of Duqm during a cyclone in 2019.

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)

Led by Thamer Al Shahry, Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)'s shipping practice acts for both private companies operating in the sector, as well as government bodies. In addition to Al Shahry, Graham Mouat frequently acts on shipping-related corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thamer Al Shahry

Other key lawyers:

Graham Mouat

Key clients

FedEx

Aramex International LLC

Oman Drydock Company SAOC

Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC

Oman Charter Company SAOC

Oman International Container Terminal LLC

Oman Shipping Company SAOC

Oman Ship Management Company SAOC

Port of Duqm Company SAOC

Prime Tankers LLC

PSA Maritime (Pte) Ltd

Sweedish P&I Club

The Britannia Stemship Insurance Association Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC (ASYAD), the government arm that consolidates all the public investments in ports, free zones, rail, maritime road transport companies, on a bespoke and novel framework agreement with Ministry of Transport, aiming to implement various logistic projects identified in the Oman Logistics Strategy 2040 (“Tanfeedh”).
  • Advising Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC (“ASYAD”), Oman’s new integrated logistics provider, on the restructuring and change in shareholding in the International Maritime College Oman, which provides academic and vocational training for seafaring, ports, transport, maritime, logistics and the process engineering industry in Oman.