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Marine & Transport

We advise in respect of all aspects of marine related legal advice to a national and international client base representing ports, harbours, marinas, government agencies, property developers, insurers, banks, shipping companies, fishermen, and other marine businesses.

We advise in relation to all aspects of marine regulation, including harbour revision, empowerment and closure orders, marine licensing, harbour and pilotage dues, general directions, harbour directions and byelaws (including prosecutions), statutory harbour powers, removal of vessels and wrecks, harbour works licensing, oil pollution claims, other environmental matters, and Maritime Safety (both “MCA” and “HSE”).

In addition, we advise on a wide range of trade and Brexit related matters including commercial Terms and Conditions, the Common Transit Convention, Freeports and the Ports Infrastructure Fund.

We are recognised nationally for our pre-eminent Coastal Development and Marine Licensing expertise and are currently advising on a number of multi-million-pound coastal developments.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a marine licence?

    Under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009  a marine licence is required for 'licensable activities' taking place up to the mean high water spring tide mark (including tidal estuaries, rivers and channels) unless an exemption applies.  In addition the scope of activities requiring a marine licence has been significantly widened and includes:

    • Construction, alteration or improvement of any works in or over the sea or on or under the sea bed (this description can encompass the maintenance of existing works;
    • Dredging;
    • Deposit, removal or incineration of any substance or object;
    • Scuttling of any vessel or floating container

    Carrying out a 'licensable activity' without a marine licence (or in breach of its conditions) can result in an unlimited fine or up to 2 years in prison (for the most serious offences).

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Relevant Experience

New Ferry Terminal: Advising and acting for a government department in connection with the construction of a new Ferry Terminal in a UK port  including, marine licensing, EIA deferrals and statutory harbour power related advice.

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