Shipping in Philippines

Del Rosario & Del Rosario

Led by Ruben Del Rosario and Arturo Del Rosario, the practice at Del Rosario & Del Rosario acts for multinational shipping clients on a broad range of mandates, from personal injury claims and damage/loss of cargoes cases to bunker claims and ship financing matters. It also advises on charter party/bill of lading disputes, in addition to oil pollution, salvage issues and crewing concerns. The labour practice handles matters concerning Filipino seafarers’ claims and industrial relations disputes, while receiving a regular flow of instructions from leading international law firms. Joseph Rebano is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ruben Del Rosario; Arturo Del Rosario

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Rebano

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan handles a myriad of maritime casualty cases, with demonstrable experience advising on marine insurance and fraud cases, in addition to cargo claims and other issues surrounding the arrest of ships to enforce a maritime lien or a security interest. The team receives plaudits for its expertise in transactions involving the financing, sale, chartering, crewing and registration of vessels, for both local and international companies. Rocky Alejandro ReyesVicente Gerochi and Russel Rodriguez head the practice and often collaborate with leading foreign law firms across Europe, Asia and the US on cross-border deals.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes; Vicente Gerochi; Russel Rodriguez


‘I have cooperated with SyCip for years and they are good in the management of a case.’

‘Russel Rodriguez is my main point of contact and he runs his team well.’

Key clients

7107 Islands Shipping Corporation

All Seas Marine SA

Berwin and Leighton Paisner LLP

Crewcare, Inc.

Delta Meco Crewing Services, Inc.

El Victor Limited Ship and Crew Managers

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Inc.

Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc.

Keppel Subic Shipyard, Inc.

Tsuneshi Shipyards, Inc.

Frabelle Food Corporation

Hoya Marine Corporation

Keppel Batangas Shipyard

Melaleuca of the Philippines, Inc.

Mayer Brown

Regal Ware, Inc.

SCG International (Philippines) Corporation

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Work highlights

  • Representing Hoya Marine Corporation (Hoya Marine) in a civil case for damages for breach of contract of carriage against Philippine National Lines (PNL).
  • Assisted clients, an in rem defendant and two in personam defendants, in responding to a verified complaint in personam and in rem against a Papua New Guinea-flagged fishing vessel.
  • Advising on the enforcement of security relating to a local shipping company that entered into various sales contracts with two foreign companies for the sale and purchase of numerous pieces of equipment that are used by the local company for its shipping business.