China has more than 18,000 km coastlines and 123,000 km inland shipping lines. Its unique natural conditions have laid a good foundation for the development of China's shipping industry. In this context, demands for professional maritime legal services are increasing. ZHH's maritime legal team is created therefore to provide effective and high-quality services for various maritime affairs extended and derived by clients in international trade, shipping, international settlement and insurance, etc. It can provide maritime-related proceedings and arbitration law services, legal consulting for ship manufacture, repair, sales, leasing and other relevant transactions, as well as the preparation and negotiation of terminal leasing, maritime insurance, general average, and chartering contracts and other maritime contracts. Over the years, ZHH's accumulated clients include many internationally renowned logistics companies, ship operators, shippers of bulk goods and containers, insurers, and ports.


Lawyer Team

ZHH has a lawyer team with long-term maritime professional practices. ZHH's maritime lawyer team consists of senior partners and lawyers who have graduated with LLMs or JDs in maritime from prestigious universities at home and abroad, a very specialized lawyer team of its kind. They focus on legal services such as maritime insurance, ship manufacture, maritime cargo transportation, ship financing, ship collision, rescue, and sea pollution. They can provide clients with high-quality dispute resolution services as well as legal consulting services in the form of due diligence, contract drafting, comprehensive project verification and business negotiation, etc. Their clients include many domestic and international top logistics companies. They have established good cooperation with a majority of clients and enjoyed a good reputation at local government departments, courts, and arbitration organizations.


Major Services

  • right of ship
  • ship contract
  • contract of carriage of goods by sea
  • maritime insurance contract
  • shipwreck handling
  • maritime insurance
  • marine accident handling
  • maritime infringement
  • integrated logistics, pledge by warehouse receipts
  • shipping agency, freight forwarding
  • international trade
  • port operations
  • maritime preliminary injunction
  • recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards
  • ship trading and financing


Latest Typical Projects/Cases

  • Representation in the ship overturning loss and ship trading litigation disputes Chongqing Haihui Shipping Co., Ltd. vYichang Santong Shipping Co., Ltd. & Changjiang Shipping Co., Ltd.

In this case, serial, large ship collisions occurred in the Yangtze River waters, involving complex legal application and value judgment issues. With our representation, the Supreme People's Court overturned the judicial opinion determined in the previous communique case, supported the client's reasonable claims, and created new decision rules for similar cases.


  • Representation of Chinese shipping companies in full legal affairs with respect to the bankruptcy and liquidation of Hanjin Shipping

Hanjin Shipping used to be the largest shipping company in Korea and the seventh-largest in the world. The Seoul Central District Court announced Hanjin Shipping bankrupt on February 17, 2017, making it the largest shipping bankruptcy case, bringing a huge impact on the world's shipping industry. ZHH represented a number of Chinese shipping companies affected by this bankruptcy to participate in its disposal, sought solutions through communication and fully acted in the best interests of the client.


  • Representation of Chongqing Pacific Ocean International Logistics Co., Ltd. in the Yuji No. 816 Poyang Lake collision dispute

This case involved ship collision, ship and cargo insurance, compensation for damages, and complex multiple legal relations among the buyer, the seller and the manufacturer. There were great differences in the interests of all the parties. The client may face recovery from more than one party and great pressure on monetary payment. After ZHH was retained, the client's legitimate interests were properly protected. The client suffered no economic losses through ZHH lawyer’s comprehensive legal claims and multi-party coordination.


  • Participation in dealing with Somali piracy suffered by Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (Group) Co., Ltd.

In recent years, Somali piracy has seriously jeopardized international maritime security and become one of the great concerns to the international community. In the Somali piracy event suffered by Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (Group) Co., Ltd., ZHH’s legal team provided full legal services, with sufficient support and professional insight required to resolve the event.