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The Australian cruise sector is growing at a rate of knots and cruise shipping operators in Australia are increasingly needing specialised expert advice to help them navigate the Australian maritime landscape.  We advise cruise shipping operators in relation to all matters of commercial and maritime practice in Australia, from corporate registration to employment, regulation and maritime incidents.  We understand the importance of reputation and brand management to the cruise shipping sector and assist our clients in relation to prevention and preparedness to help preserve these valuable assets in the face of a maritime incident.

Legal Expertise

We advise cruise shipping operators in relation to:

  • Local registration
  • Company and commercial matters
  • Standard trading terms and ticket conditions
  • Consumer protection and competition law
  • Regulation, including coastal trading and deemed importation laws
  • Employment, workplace relations and work health and safety
  • Agency, ship management, terminal services and stevedoring
  • Maritime incident response
  • Australian Customs regulation re ‘import’ of vessels
  • Collision, marine pollution, salvage and wreck removal.

Relevant Experience

The experience of our partners and senior lawyers includes:

  • Advising an international cruise shipping operator in relation to coastal trading regulations
  • Advising on Australian marine pollution laws relevant to pollution incidents within State waters of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland
  • Acting for ship owners and operators in relation to pollution and maritime incident response and prosecution
  • Advising in relation to advertising materials and consumer law compliance
  • Acting for a cruise ship broker in a dispute referring to Dutch arbitration over termination of a charter of a speciality cruise vessel.

Key People

Geoff Farnsworth | Sydney
Nathan Cecil
| Sydney

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