Transport in Turkey

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki provides a full-service offering in transport. It advises on maritime disputes, freight and logistics, concessions and government franchises, public-private partnerships, procurement, financing, transportation transactions and regulatory matters. Maritime law and aviation expert Gülistan Baltacı Hatay heads the practice with Semih Sander, who focuses on international trade. Clients include Ocean Network Express, Qatar Airways and Emirates Airlines.

Key clients

The Swedish Club

Denizbank A.Ş.

Abn Amro Bank N.V.

Det Norske Veritas Gemi Sınıflandırma

Lufthansa Airplus Servicekarten GMHB

Catoni Deniz Isleri A.S.

Orix Aviation Systems Limited

Qatar Airways

Emirates Airlines

Work highlights

  • Represented Toll Global Logistics in maritime and aviation disputes.
  • Acted for Ocean Network Express in disputes over container demurrage and damage or loss of cargo.

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu focuses on contentious transport matters, including product liability, class actions, and disputes between local governments. Recent work includes acting for Royal Air Maroc Airlines and its reinsurers in connection with a collision with Turkish Airlines aircraft. Other clients include British Airways, Air Canada and Thai Airways. Feyzi Erçin and Burcu Çelikçapa-Bilgin  lead the practice. Dilek Bektaşoğlu-SanlıSinan Şenol and Sevgi Aydost are also recommended.


‘Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu has a high level of expertise in the shipping area, combined with a very practical approach to problem solving.’

‘The responsiveness of the team is exceptional.’

Key clients


British Airways

Gulf Air

North of England

Assurance. Skuld

Air Canada

Thai Airways

AVIC Leasing


Post & Co.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Şişecam, a glass manufacturer, in claims against its insurers following the loss of cargo.
  • Advised VHT on salvage and liability issues after a ship ran aground.
  • Advised Avic Leasing on the takeover of three commercial aircraft currently operated by Turkish Airlines.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises on collision and casualty-related litigation, charter parties, bills of lading, cargo claims, collisions, inter-ship claims, the sale and purchase of ships, P&I and other contractual claims. Clients include shipowners, P&I Clubs, hull and machinery insurers and cargo owners. Recent work includes acting for the Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited in relation to a serious fire and explosion at a Turkish LNG terminal. Ergun Ersoy and Zihni Bilgehan are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan

Key clients

Synergas S.R.L.

West of England (P&I) Club

Steamship Mutual (P&I) Club

UK Mutual (P&I) Club

Ulusoy Holding A.Ş.

Brittania (P&I) Club

TT P&I Club


Work highlights

  • Acted for West of England (Hellas) Ltd and Finsen Maritime Ltd in an anti-suit application in connection with damaged cargo.
  • Advised State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency on taking possession of a super yacht following the bankruptcy of a Russian bank.
  • Represented Safmarine Container Lines in bringing a container demurrage claim.

NSN Law Firm

NSN Law Firm handles matters such as major collisions at sea, groundings, environmental pollution issues, cargo and salvage claims and towage disputes, as well as yachting, shipbuilding, ship financing and sales and personal injury claims. Highlights included assisting the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association, Inc. with an investigation into a vessel in connection with human trafficking. Nazli Selek heads the practice. Associates Ece Melike Yuce and Mehmet Can Alatas are also noted.

Key clients

Standard P&I Club

Ince Shipping

Besiktas Shipping

Akbasoglu Shipping

Statu Shipping

Omur Marine Ltd

Metropole Shipping

North of England P&I

Turk P&I

Work highlights

  • Acting for Byward Shipping Limited, the owners of the vessel Byward, in handling all claims brought against it.
  • Acting for the owners of Free State in proceedings following a collision with ESL Dolphin.
  • Represented Turk P&I in court proceedings initiated by the insurers of a damaged boat.

Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm

Maritime specialists Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm provides a full service on wet and dry shipping matters, including collisions, salvage, marine pollution, personal injury cases, charter party disputes, cargo claims, marine insurance claims, shipbuilding contracts, ship repair disputes and arrest of vessels. Burak Çavus and Caglar Çoskunsu jointly head the practice. In recent work, the firm was instructed by Kennedys Law on behalf of the Hull Underwriters Brit Insurance in relation to an engine room fire.

Practice head(s):

Burak Çavus; Caglar Coskunsu

Key clients

Turk P&I

The London P&I

Assuranceforeningen Skuld P&I

Credit Europe Bank N.V.

ETS Cruise Lines

Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri

V Ships Turkey

Istanbul Sehir Hatlari

Vienna Insurance Group

Hanseatic P&I


Heidelberg Cement Trading

Work highlights

  • Acted for Skuld P&I in settlement negotiations with cargo underwriters.
  • Advising UK P&I following a collision between two ships.
  • Acting for Hull Underwriters Brit Insurance in relation to an engine room fire.

Inal Law Office

Inal Law Office advises on ship recycling, shipbuilding and yacht construction, customs procedures and shipping litigation including cargo damages, ship arrest, marine insurance and arbitral awards. Şeyma İnal heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Şeyma İnal

Key clients

MSC Cruises SA

MSC Shipping SA

MSC Kruvaziyer Turizm A.S.

International Road Transport Union

Terminal Investment Ltd.

Kastamonu Entegre Agac Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.

Tersan Tersanecilik San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Galata Liman Isletmeleri Anonim Sirketi

Asyaport Liman

Çaga & Çaga

The team at Çaga & Çaga handles matters related to shipping, transport and aviation. Erdem Değerli and İdil Çağa Değerli are the practice heads.

Basaran Law Firm

Basaran Law Firm handles disputes related to charter parties, bills of lading and affreightment contracts; the arrest and release of vessels; enforcement of maritime claims; ship finance projects; and marine insurance. Murat Sinan Başaran leads the team.

Gür Law Firm

Gür Law Firm handles shipping and maritime disputes including groundings, salvage, collisions, marine insurance, charter party disputes, cargo claims and crew claims. It also advises on contracts for the construction, sale, purchase and financing of vessels. Tevfik Gür heads the practice with assistance from Selin Uras, who has experience in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Tevfik Gür


TILEGAL - TOPDEMIR INANDIOGLU KOMUC LAW OFFICE acts for insurance companies, shipowners, charterers, H&M insurers, P&I clubs and road, sea and air carriers in commercial disputes. Savas Inandioglu leads the team. Highlights included representing Axa Insurance Turkey in recourse action against the carrier in a claim for damaged cargo.

Practice head(s):

Savas Inandioglu

Key clients

Mapfre Insurance Turkey

HDI Insurance Turkey

AXA Insurance Turkey

ISS Shipping Turkey (Inchcape Shipping Services, UK)

Dabkovic Ship Agency Turkey

FEDEX Turkey

Island Oil Limited

Bominflot Greece S.A.

African Mediterranean Shipping S.A.,

 Golden Destiny Maritime Company

 International Paint, (Akzo Nobel company)

Eureko Insurance Inc.

Class NK Turkey Branch

Zurich Insurance Turkey

Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Group

Deugro Logistics GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acting for Royal Sun Alliance Group, the insurer of Tecnicas Reunidas, in a cargo damage dispute.
  • Represented Mapfre Sigorta in an insurance cargo claim.
  • Acting for HDI Insurance Turkey in a recourse action for damaged cargo against Turkish Airlines.