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Asia Guide

Shipping — Malaysia


Joseph & Partners - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent shipping practice offering extensive expertise in contentious and non-contentious maritime issues. Especially active on shipping insolvency cases, collisions and vessel arrests, as well as bills of lading and ship finance. Often assists financial sector clients, as well as P&I clubs.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Joseph maintains a market-leading position in Malaysia's shipping sector, with particular knowledge of maritime insurance. He often acts for P&I clubs, financial institutions, insurers and shipowners on a wide range of mandates.

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Sativale Mathew Arun - Shipping Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout boutique firm, possessing a breadth of experience in this sphere. Assists hull and cargo insurers, vessel owners and P&I clubs, among other clients. Especially well reputed for its contentious capabilities, including on ship arrests and cargo disputes, while also advising on maritime insurance and ship finance. Located in Subang Jaya, in Selangor.

Strengths The team is renowned for its long-standing maritime expertise, with one source attesting: "In terms of shipping work they are my go-to firm, they have the most experience in Malaysia." This interviewee adds that the firm is "very good for ship arrests."

Notable practitioners

Arun Krishnalingam is renowned for his wealth of shipping expertise and is especially visible among market commentators on maritime disputes. His contentious practice covers a full array of matters, including both wet and dry cases.

Mathew Kurien has an outstanding reputation in the market, impressing sources with his specialised maritime knowledge. Commentators report that he "seems to know things inside out."

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Christopher & Lee Ong - Member of Rajah & Tann Asia Network - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as handling ship arrests. Handles both wet and dry disputes, including collisions, salvage and marine pollution cases, alongside charter party and cargo matters. Also handles maritime insurance and ship finance, regularly acting for shipowners.

Strengths Clients praise the team's business-savvy approach, noting that the team "has always been good and very commercial."

Further clients concur, reporting that "the firm has given a lot of valuable advice to us."

Work highlights Acted for Jatim Perkasa Lines on the setting aside of the arrest of its vessel by Rei Management.

Represented Helios Petroleum in relation to the attempted winding up of IES Energy Marine, linked to a bunker payment dispute.

Notable practitioners

Ong Chee Kwan earns plaudits among market commentators as an "excellent and very sound lawyer," with further sources noting that he "picks things up very quickly and has the right temperament." His maritime practice extends across charter party, cargo and bill of lading disputes, while he also acts as an arbitrator. He assisted NYK Line with a dispute involving a cargo consignee, relating to container demurrage payments.

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Our Shipping Practice best known for its cross-border capabilities owing to its membership of the Rajah and Tann Asia network. The Network allows the department to be involved in disputes throughout the region. 

We have been involved in a variety of ‘wet’ work including sinkings, collisions, explosions, fires, strandings, marine pollution, salvage and average incidents that have occurred in Malaysia as well as in the region over the years. Our services include marine casualty management, investigation and resolution of regulatory issues, advice on marine pollution liability, advice on rights and liabilities, and resolution of disputes arising from casualties.

Further, we handle disputes relating to oil shipment and trading, such as oil trading arrangements and other quantity and quality issues.

We also handle a variety of ‘dry’ work, acting for ship owners, charterers, cargo owners and insurers in areas such as cargo damage / claims, charterparty disputes, tug / tow disputes, ship sale and purchase disputes.

Our practice also encompasses cargo insurance, hull and machinery insurance, builders’ insurance and P&I cover. We advise underwriters, brokers and insured parties on their rights and liabilities under the relevant marine insurance policies. We have also been involved in the resolution of marine insurance disputes whether in court or in arbitration.

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Shaikh David & Co. - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established shipping practice, complemented by the firm's impressive dispute resolution, banking and insurance offerings. Especially involved in contentious shipping mandates, it is especially well placed to handle maritime casualties and marine pollution cases. Also able to handle vessel sales and purchases.

Notable practitioners

James David is a highly experienced practitioner with a particular emphasis on wet shipping disputes. Well versed in maritime insurance, he especially advises shipowners, P&I clubs and port operators on a wide array of disputes.

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Shearn Delamore & Co - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm with an established contentious and non-contentious shipping practice. Often acts on charter party, cargo and ship arrests, as well as advising on vessel purchase, financing and mortgages. Frequently assists a range of clients including financial institutions, P&I clubs and port operators.

Strengths Clients are highly satisfied with the firm's customer service, reporting that the lawyers are "very knowledgeable" and are "always ready to render their services to clients, even after office hours and during weekends."

Further impressed sources note that, "other than knowing shipping law well, they are responsive, prompt and effective."

Work highlights Acted for Samalaju Industrial Port on a contractual dispute involving Integrated Marine Works and Macon Charter, relating to subcontracting of work towards the construction of the Samalaju Port Development Project.

Advised Semado Maritime, as the owner of two ships, in relation to a mortgage claim over the vessels by a Malaysian bank.

Notable practitioners

Rajasingam Gothandapani is well received by clients, who describe him as "approachable" and capable of "providing sound and practical" advice. Praised by further clients as "very knowledgeable in admiralty cases," he advised Jaldhi Mideast DMCC on its application to allow its cargo vessel to sail, after it had been arrested while sub-chartered to Al Ghurair Resources. His varied shipping practice includes cargo, casualty and insurance matters, acting for various P&I clubs, shipowners and financial institutions.

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Our Shipping & Maritime Practice is longstanding with a solid reputation advising a smorgasbord of maritime clients that include banks, cargo owners, charterers, energy and petrochemical companies, freight forwarders, liquidators, logistics companies, P&I clubs, port and terminal operators, ship owners, offshore and marine companies, receivers and managers as well as shipyards.

Our clients have come to rely on us at all levels of the Courts as well as in arbitrations for our niche representation, resources and practicable solutions in the industry whilst tapping on the strength of the Firm as a whole with its multi- disciplinary practice groups that collectively have an encyclopedic range of experience.

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Skrine - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable shipping practice combining contentious and non-contentious expertise. Often acts for leading conventional and Islamic banks, including on mortgage enforcements, cargo disputes and ship arrests. Able to draw on the firm's wider strength to advise on mandates involving insolvency, banking and oil and gas.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's "excellent" customer service, noting that "they are very dedicated, prompt and always friendly and personable."

The firm's financing prowess is recognised by sources, who report that the firm is "very good on the finance side of shipping, both transactionally and on disputes."

Work highlights Defended GLE Logistics against a service charge claim by its customs clearance agent, as well as assisting the client's counterclaim for wrongful detention.

Assisted Maybank Islamic with the enforcement of Shari'a-compliant mortgages, linked to several vessels owned by debtors.

Notable practitioners

Siva Kumar Kanagasabai is respected for his broad maritime practice, which includes cargo and charter party claims, mortgage enforcements and ship arrests. Impressed interviewees report that "his advice is client-friendly and he has quite good commercial sense." He assisted Carimin Acacia Offshore with the release of its ship from arrest, in a dispute over marine gas oil supplies.

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Tommy Thomas Advocates & Solicitors - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted shipping practice, particularly sought out for contentious matters. Its highly experienced team is especially active on ship arrests, maritime salvage and recovery, cargo claims and marine pollution mandates.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding"Sitpah Selvaratnam is lauded by market commentators, with additional sources praising her as "probably the best maritime lawyer in Malaysia." Her broad contentious practice covers cargo and charter party disputes, marine insurance and ship arrests, while she also acts as an arbitrator. Clients appreciate her "quick response," describing her approach as "to the point."

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The team is helmed by the Tier 1-ranked Sitpah Selvaratnam, who brings to bear a wealth of experience from acting in over 100 shipping In Rem and In Personam actions, including arrest of ships, charterparty and cargo disputes, collision and shipyard claims, as well as disputes pertaining to international trade, documentary credit, marine insurance and damage at ports and in transit.

Sitpah also sits on the panel of arbitrators of the KLRCA, SIAC and SCMA, and is the President of the International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law.

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TS OON & PARTNERS - Shipping Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An established practice, regularly instructed by insurance underwriters, P&I clubs and shipowners to advise on a range of contentious maritime matters. Especially known in the market for acting on cargo and charter party disputes, and it also regularly handles ship collisions, allisions and bunker disputes.

Strengths Sources commend the team's initiative in handling matters, describing the lawyers as "very good and proactive."

Work highlights Acted for POSH Semco in a dispute with the charterer of the 'POSH BALI', relating to its claims for outstanding hire payments and attempts to repossess the vessel.

Represented the owners of the 'Mineral Kyushu' and West of England P&I Services against a claim for loss and damage, relating to the allision of the client's ship with a jetty.

Notable practitioners

Oon Thian Seng has a wealth of experience in maritime law, with sources praising his ability to "provide advice on high-level strategy." He acts across the range of disputes and non-contentious matters, including for oil and gas and insurance clients. He recently acted for Etiqa Insurance on a claim involving the allision of the 'Argent Eyebright' with the Felda Sahabat jetty.

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Band 1

Joseph & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jeremy Joseph maintains a market-leading position in Malaysia's shipping sector, with particular knowledge of maritime insurance. He often acts for P&I clubs, financial institutions, insurers and shipowners on a wide range of mandates.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Arun Krishnalingam

Sativale Mathew Arun

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Arun Krishnalingam is renowned for his wealth of shipping expertise and is especially visible among market commentators on maritime disputes. His contentious practice covers a full array of matters, including both wet and dry cases.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Sativale Mathew Arun

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mathew Kurien has an outstanding reputation in the market, impressing sources with his specialised maritime knowledge. Commentators report that he "seems to know things inside out."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Shaikh David & Co.

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

James David is a highly experienced practitioner with a particular emphasis on wet shipping disputes. Well versed in maritime insurance, he especially advises shipowners, P&I clubs and port operators on a wide array of disputes.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Rajasingam Gothandapani

Shearn Delamore & Co

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Rajasingam Gothandapani is well received by clients, who describe him as "approachable" and capable of "providing sound and practical" advice. Praised by further clients as "very knowledgeable in admiralty cases," he advised Jaldhi Mideast DMCC on its application to allow its cargo vessel to sail, after it had been arrested while sub-chartered to Al Ghurair Resources. His varied shipping practice includes cargo, casualty and insurance matters, acting for various P&I clubs, shipowners and financial institutions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Siva Kumar Kanagasabai

Skrine

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Siva Kumar Kanagasabai is respected for his broad maritime practice, which includes cargo and charter party claims, mortgage enforcements and ship arrests. Impressed interviewees report that "his advice is client-friendly and he has quite good commercial sense." He assisted Carimin Acacia Offshore with the release of its ship from arrest, in a dispute over marine gas oil supplies.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Christopher & Lee Ong - Member of Rajah & Tann Asia Network

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ong Chee Kwan earns plaudits among market commentators as an "excellent and very sound lawyer," with further sources noting that he "picks things up very quickly and has the right temperament." His maritime practice extends across charter party, cargo and bill of lading disputes, while he also acts as an arbitrator. He assisted NYK Line with a dispute involving a cargo consignee, relating to container demurrage payments.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

TS OON & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Oon Thian Seng has a wealth of experience in maritime law, with sources praising his ability to "provide advice on high-level strategy." He acts across the range of disputes and non-contentious matters, including for oil and gas and insurance clients. He recently acted for Etiqa Insurance on a claim involving the allision of the 'Argent Eyebright' with the Felda Sahabat jetty.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Sitpah Selvaratnam

Tommy Thomas Advocates & Solicitors

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

The "outstanding"Sitpah Selvaratnam is lauded by market commentators, with additional sources praising her as "probably the best maritime lawyer in Malaysia." Her broad contentious practice covers cargo and charter party disputes, marine insurance and ship arrests, while she also acts as an arbitrator. Clients appreciate her "quick response," describing her approach as "to the point."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Azmi & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Philip Teoh of Azmi & Associates gains the respect of market commentators for his shipping disputes practice, with a particular reputation for insurance-related mandates. Also able to handle non-contentious matters, he is a highly experienced practitioner, acting as both a litigator and an arbitrator.

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