Shipping & Transport

Even though transport and shipping operators have such diverse needs, they all share one common need: to be able to rely on advisors who know their sector inside and out – from both a legal and business perspective.

Not only do we have excellent knowledge of transport and shipping law, but we also have a detailed understanding of operators: we participate in key annual events organised by brokers and insurers and have close ties with the London-based business community.

Our experience as advisors to shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators, shipyards, shipping agents, logistics operators, insurance companies and banks specialising in shipping finance, and our contacts within international specialist law firms enable us to create a tailor-made solution every time.

The assistance we provide covers:

  • insurance and reinsurance (hull & machinery, particular average and total loss, cargo insurance policies, P&I, professional liability policies for transport intermediaries)
  • infrastructures (contracts related to the implementation of the Italian high-speed railway system, project financing)
  • litigation (arrest of ships and airplanes, civil and administrative proceedings, national and international arbitration, enforcement in Italy of foreign judgements and arbitration awards)
  • logistics and transport (motorway transport, forwarding contracts, warehouse contracts, integrated logistics services, carriage of dangerous goods)
  • port and airport law (terminal contracts, handling contracts, authorisations and concessions)
  • restructuring and insolvency (debt restructuring agreements of shipping companies and airlines, pre-bankruptcy settlements with creditors, multi-jurisdiction insolvency proceedings)
  • shipbuilding and yachtbuilding (shipbuilding and refitting contracts, MOA and bill of sale, leasing, bare-boat charters, shipping finance)


Our team will accompany you throughout your journey, thanks to our multidisciplinary knowledge and different areas of expertise, including shipping/aviation finance, competition transport law and administrative law.


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The green pass scheme in Italy: where it stands now and how it might develop - 9 September 2021

The framework of measures introduced by the government to combat and recover from the pandemic is ever-evolving, and understanding the interplay between previous and new rules is a challenge. But on the positive side, thanks to the green pass scheme we can now return to some ‘new normal’ …

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International travel and the IATA Travel Pass: current trends and perspectives - 3 May 2021

With Covid-19 persisting, governments need to be confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of spread if they are to re-open borders/lift travel restrictions and that they can receive and process accurate information on passengers’ Covid-19 health status. But travellers are facin …

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“Ever Given” casualty - so, what’s next? - 2 April 2021

The Vessel has been refloated after six days of salvage operations and the traffic related to the Canal of Suez is expected to resume on a regular basis shortly. However the prolonged blockage of the Canal will require a careful consideration of the interests at stake. This case may well inv …

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Maritime disputes and arbitration during Covid-19: current trends and future prospects - 30 April 2020

Which is the impact of the COVID-19 emergency in international arbitration? Our Shipping & Transport Focus Team and International Arbitration Focus Team give an overview of the measures adopted by the arbitral institutions, including those specialized in maritime disputes, to facilitate …

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Enrico Vergani and Marco Mastropasqua join BonelliErede’s Shipping and Transport Focus Team in Genoa

The multidisciplinary Shipping and Transport Focus Team, which was set up in 2015 to enhance BonelliErede’s renowned expertise in these areas, expands with two key hires: Enrico Vergani, who will lead the focus team, and Marco Mastropasqua. Enrico Vergani, 52, joins BonelliErede as of counsel …

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