Shipping and Ports

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega is one of the leading maritime law firms in Panama, regularly assisting ship owners, ship operators, banks and port operators around the world.

ARIFA has been regarded for decades as the premier firm for ship financing in Panama.  Our expertise extends not only to the financing of vessels, but also platforms registered in Panama.

ARIFA also acts as registered agent in Panama for hundreds of vessels registered under the Panamanian flag. Through its own network of offices in London, Hong Kong and Panama, and a highly specialized staff and automated systems, the firm facilitates the registration and mortgaging of vessels for clients around the world. The firm also handles registration of pleasure yachts in the British Virgin Islands.

ARIFA also has an important maritime litigation practice. Maritime claims and disputes in local and international admiralty courts are handled by an interdisciplinary group of expert lawyers from our shipping and litigation practice areas.

Throughout the years, the firm has been actively involved in ongoing projects to modernize maritime laws. Partners of the firm have been instrumental in the drafting of major pieces of legislation on ship registration and maritime court procedures.

Several of our partners and associates actively participate in a number of committees of the Panama Maritime Law Association. We are also regular contributors to international industry publications, including a renowned chapter on Flag and Registration of Vessels and Mortgages of Vessels in the Maritime Law Handbook, published by Kluwer Law International.

In the area of port, ARIFA represents several port operators and have negotiated port concessions for a number of clients.

Representative Clients

Carnival Cruise Lines, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, DvB Bank AG, Grupo Mexico, Grupo R, Nordea Bank, Schahin Engenharia S.A., Scorpion Offshore Ltd., Seadrill Limited, Touax, Allseas, Heerema, Lauritzen, Norden A/S, ID Shipping AS, Monjasa, D’Amico, and SapuraKenkana.

Representative Transactions