Tug and Barge

We specialize in . . .

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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.

Tailored Legal Services for the Workboat Industry

Contract Review and Drafting.  Our attorneys frequently design, draft, and negotiate a variety of transactional documents for our clients.  Examples include, charter party agreements, crew contracts, bills of lading, purchase and sale agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and confidentiality agreements.  However, we frequently help our client with their corporate governance matters, insurance policy reviews, and acquisition due diligence. As a relatively compact firm, we are able to provide tailored legal services for small to mid-sized tug and barge companies with no in-house counsel at a fraction of the cost of other law firms.  This allows us to deliver outstanding legal and commercial results for our clients in a practical and cost-effective way.  

Mediation, Arbitration, and Litigation.   When tug and barge operations turn contentious, we represent clients in international arbitrations around the world, under many different laws, as well as in litigation before U.S. courts at all levels.  We also we work alongside all the different parties that may be involved in tug and barge incident or casualty, including Vessel Owners, Charterers, shippers, insurers, financial institutions, freight forwarders, crew, passengers, governments, and other local interests.  Indeed, our experience in contentious cross-border litigation and arbitration gives us the insight to advise our tug and barge clients through the complex issues that can accompany large and sophisticated disputes and transactions - regardless of the location. 

Insurance Recovery.  A true test of H&M or P&I insurance policy is how it responds to a claim.  Should an insurance company fail to pay a claim that our clients were paying for and had a contractual obligation to cover, our legal team will use its experience and established professional relationships in the insurance market to best position your claim with the goal of securing the maximum potential insurance recovery.  


R. Isaak Hurst, Esq.

Founder and Principal Attorney

  • 24/7 Emergency Response
  • Marine Insurance Claims and Disputes
  • Bareboat, Voyage and Time Charter Guidance
  • Arbitration and Litigation
  • Regulatory Disputes 

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Client Testimonials

IMG has been one of Vitus Energy’s international legal advisors for over 5 years. During this time, they have offered valuable legal advice on time and voyage charters, standard T&C, bills of lading, insurance issues, risk analysis, and standby letters of credit.


Mark Smith - Chief Strategic Officer

Vitus Energy, LLC

I appreciate Isaak's ability to tailor the advice and product to the needs of the individual client, no matter how small the client may be!

Dan Nutt - Director of Regulatory Affairs

Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC

Tugs and Barges Areas of Expertise

Charter Agreements

IMG regularly acts on behalf of the region’s largest tug and barge owners and charterers.  Our legal team provides expert legal advice to all our client's charter party questions, including standard bareboat, time, and voyage charters, indemnity agreements, cargo liability, trading limits, delivery and redelivery, safe ports and berths, bunkers, computation of time, charter hire, unlawful withdrawal, upmost dispatch, bills of lading, cancelling clauses, off-hire clauses, frustration of the charter, force majeure claims, arbitration provisions, liens, laytime and demurrage, deviation and delay, ice clauses, and governing law clause.  Put differently, if you are a tug and barge owner or charterer and have questions about a charter party, we have answers.

Tug boat and dredger - International Maritime Group

Regulatory 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. 

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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