Tug and Barges

Tailored Legal Services for the Workboat Industry

IMG is committed to the tug and barge industry. Our lawyers work alongside some major players in the industry, which is why we have a thorough understanding of the legal framework governing this industry. With clients ranging from small tug and barge operators to multinational oil and gas corporations boasting a fleet of chartered vessels, IMG can provide the advice and support when duty calls.

What to Expect From Your Legal Team

We provide practical, commercial and results-driven advice on a discreet and confidential basis. All assignments will have a nominated lead partner who will be your dedicated point of contact. We will work to your agenda, timescales and budgets to achieve the best outcome. We would expect to be your trusted adviser during the process and our industry knowledge and reputation will facilitate a direct and open dialogue between all stakeholders.

Tugs and Barges Areas of Expertise

Jones Act Compliance

Over the years, IMG has acted as legal counsel to a number of major multinational foreign or joint venture shipping companies operating in the U.S. and has advised them on the legal nuances of U.S. cabotage law, including rendering assistance and advice on the establishment of joint venture companies, the acquisition and sale of vessels, and obtaining advisory opinions from the Department of Homeland Security. IMG has resolved foreign investment and ownership implications for shipping companies operating in the natural resources sector.

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Tug boat with a dredger

Charter Agreements

Many disasters, both at sea and on land, unfortunately result in death or personal injury. At IMG, we have the necessary experience in defending and prosecuting companies and insurers in maritime and offshore energy cases, particularly in incidents that involve vessels, such as cruise ships, oil field supply vessels, drilling ships and offshore installations.

IMG strives to identify the most satisfactory resolution to the client’s situation, keeping in mind various practical and cost-effective approaches to curb the detrimental effects of publicity and to meet the client’s needs and objectives.

Vessel Arrest

IMG can quickly determine the validity of a claim or defense, as well as, the priority of a secured claim, which are critical considerations for ship owners or secured creditors in large arrest and attachment proceedings. Whether seeking attachment of the assets of an elusive defendant or arrest of a sister ship on alter-ego grounds, IMG has the knowledge, resources, and flexibility to help clients achieve their objectives.

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Let Us Help

Let us apply our world-class capabilities. We’ll start by getting to know you. You do the talking, we’ll do the listening. Our tailored solutions will help you meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the U. S. market, and beyond.

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