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Shipping and Maritime

Prime Time Law office is regarded as Cameroon’s leading specialist law firm in shipping and maritime law.

Ship registration in Cameroon: CHANGE OF OWNER

About our Shipping and Maritime Service

Maritime is among the most vital and complex of all transportation sectors. We serve sophisticated maritime clients due to our vast maritime industry erudition and global perspective.

Prime Time Law Office Attorneys has built one of the most renowned maritime practices of any law firm in Cameroon.

Our maritime lawyers represent a diverse range of clients in the maritime industry, including major vessel-operating common carriers; ocean shipping company groups and alliances; vessel owners; maritime-related investors and financial institutions; ports, terminals and port/terminal operators; carrier-terminal management groups; P&I Clubs; chassis pools; and ocean transportation intermediaries.


Numerous federal and international agencies heavily regulate maritime activity. We counsel on regulations enforced by the Cameroon Maritime Administrators and Cameroon port authority, including tariffs and service contracts; discussion agreements; vessel sharing agreements; and niche or speciality agreements. We assist with flagging or reflagging of vessels; towing, salvage and fisheries law compliance; maritime promotional programs; Coast Guard and Customs.

Corporate & Finance:

Our maritime finance practice covers traditional asset-backed ship finance, leasing transactions and other custom-tailored financings, and capital raised in the public and private markets, all valued in the billions of Naira. We provide ongoing counsel on charter parties, citizenship requirements, restructuring, workouts and maritime lien enforcement. Our attorneys serve as special counsel in mergers and acquisitions involving foreign and domestic maritime-related assets. We advise on ship construction, repair contracts, vessel sale, and purchase matters.


Prime Time Law Office Attorneys handle complex commercial disputes arising from agreements unique to the maritime industry and marine casualty, personal injury, wrongful death, loss of cargo and pollution claims. We respond to government investigations, resolve administrative and criminal enforcement actions and defend criminal and civil litigation. Moreover, we handle coverage disputes concerning cargo, hull and marine general liability insurance on behalf of marine insurers.


Our attorneys know how Nigeria and international antitrust and competition laws apply to the maritime industry. We advise on all antitrust compliance matters, review M&A and joint venture transactions, and defend clients in private antitrust class actions and Nigeria and multi-jurisdictional government antitrust and enforcement proceedings.

We advise on some of the most challenging issues in this sector, including restructurings, refinancing, capital raising, M&A transactions, private equity involvement, regulatory compliance and disputes. We have extensive experience in bankruptcy proceedings, workouts, and financing transactions in a broad range of sector segments, in addition to various general fleet financings regarding liquid natural gas (LNG) transportation, offshore rig assets, ports, and related infrastructure. We have extensive experience advising clients on “full value chain” investing where they seek to acquire maritime holdings for their businesses, as well as knowledge and expertise in fundamental maritime issues relating to time and bareboat charters, tax leases, flagging, classification, ship-building contracts, ship mortgages and delivery disbursement conditions.

Prime Time Law Office Attorney is a leading Maritime Law Firm in Cameroon, housing a constellation of the most sought-after Maritime lawyers in Cameroon. Our cross-disciplinary approach enables us to support those looking to enter the market, expand existing positions, and address the challenges associated with underperforming assets and functions. Our clients depend on sound advice to protect their investments, maximize their returns, and negotiate complex restructurings in a volatile and hard-to-read environment.

Specific Maritime Law Areas we specialize in:

  • Ship Brokering
  • Chattering Agreements
  • Ship Financing
  • Ship Registration in Cameroon
  • Cameroon Maritime Advisory
  • Ship Arrest and Releases
  • Maritime Claims & Liens in Cameroon
  • Marine Accidents
  • International Carriage of Goods
  • Environmental Pollution and Safety Management

Our Services:

  • Drafting and reviewing of chartering agreement
  • Advising on marine insurance and commercial risk management
  • Advising on ship acquisition financing and shipping mortgage
  • Registration of ship and obtaining necessary navigation permits with¬† other relevant agencies
  • Drafting and reviewing a ship management agreement.
  • Arrests and releases of boats to enforce the maritime obligation
  • Enforcement of maritime liens
  • Seamen crews legal representation
  • Advising on statutory provisions applicable in the shipping industry concerning regulatory compliance, shipping operation, environmental pollution and safety
  • General maritime litigation and defences

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