Since 1920 ICAZA, GONZALEZ-RUIZ & ALEMAN has been offering to its domestic and international clientele a wide range of legal services related to the thriving maritime sector in the Republic of Panama, whose contribution to the Gross Domestic Product is estimated at 20%.

Those services include the following areas of professional practice:

  • Enrollment of trading ships in general, rigs, auxiliary ships and pleasure yachts.
  • The service is also available for the registration of ships and yachts in other jurisdictions, such as Belize, Bahamas, Liberia, Marshall Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Cyprus.
  • Purchase and sale of ships, both in the local and international commerce.
  • Assistance with naval financing, drafting of loan contracts, constitution of ship mortgages and other liens for ship financing.
  • Procedures related to obtaining port and maritime concessions in general, services for the installation of auxiliary industries, and navigation aid.
  • Advising on contracting for the various maritime activities, such as chartering, transportation of goods, towage, pilotage, constitution of bank guarantees, delivery of petroleum based products and marine insurance.
  • Full assistance in the field of maritime litigation comprising the filing of lawsuits such as seizure of ships, cargo, or fuel; those relating to the enforcement of maritime liens, those arising from freight contracts, chartering, gross or petty average, collision, salvage, and marine insurance.
  • Legal advice for issues related to work at sea and waterways.
  • Processing of claims and other proceedings before the Panama Canal Authority.
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