Maritime Law

Panama is a world-renowned maritime center and due to this fact ARROCHA & CO. has developed a varied maritime law practice. Our knowledge runs from ship registration to maritime litigation, along with the registration of ships' mortgages, port concessions and advice on and drafting of maritime agreements such as Salvage, Insurance and Towage Agreements. The firm also deals with concessions to exploit maritime resources such as fishing, hydrocarbons and mining.

The PANAMANIAN MARITIME COURTS, which were created to replace the American Courts after the signing of the Panama Canal Treaties, have exclusive jurisdiction over all maritime claims arising in the Republic of Panama. They now have an international reputation for maritime dispute resolution.

The Panamanian Merchant Fleet is one of the largest in the world and this, together with the flourishing port industry and the country's geographical location, are the fundamental pillars that underpin the importance of maritime activity in Panama.