Tugs 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.  

Tugs and Barges Areas of Expertise

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.

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.

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.

Legal Services We Provide for Tugs and Barges

IMG frequently deals with a wide range of legal issues affecting those involved in the ownership and operation of tugs and barge, advising on – among other things – charter parties, shipbuilding contracts, insurance policies, and cargo claims.

Civil Disputes

We handle cross-border and domestic disputes for diverse industries.

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IMG assists business organizations with the creation and review of various corporate agreements and contracts.

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Employment Disputes

IMG represents employers and employees in a wide range of employment issues - both domestically and internationally.

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Entity Formation

Forming the right business entity is critical to your business’ success.

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Joint Ventures

IMG’s business & corporate legal team has helped clients with a verity of domestic, cross border, and international joint ventures.

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IMG is at the forefront of international trade and maritime services regulation.

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