Law firm plays part in making sure new ABP contract is in shipshape

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Jan 2018

A SPECIALIST law firm from Hull has advised on a major new contract for the 30-acre Hull container terminal at Queen Victoria Dock.

Myton Law has advised international shipping firm Samskip Multimodal BV on a new agreement with Associated British Ports (ABP) relating to container services at the site. 

The new agreement – for which contract details have not been disclosed – confirms Samskip’s decision to appoint ABP to provide terminal services for its Rotterdam to Hull journeys. 

The decision to appoint ABP with the shippings, which take place five times a week, follows ABP’s takeover of the Hull container terminal from a previous port operator last year.

Myton Law’s team included shipping lawyer John Habergham and commercial and real estate lawyer Chris Thornes. 

John Habergham said: “Myton Law’s shipping, logistics, commercial and real estate law capabilities combine well to provide clients with comprehensive legal advice relating to ports and terminals. 

“We are very pleased to have worked with Samskip again to assist in finalising this agreement, which is of significant value.”

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Hull is a key element of Samskip’s provision of  pan- European combined transport services via shortsea, road, rail and inland waterway routes. 

Frank de Lint, manager claims and legal at Samskip Multimodal, said that the Hull law firm had helped to advise on a deal that is in the interest of both Samskip and ABP.

He said: “Samskip has worked to our satisfaction with Myton Law in various cases in recent years. We were, therefore, happy that Myton was able to assist us with this important agreement. 

“The service of Myton Law and Chris (Thornes), in particular, in respect of this terminal agreement was very useful for Samskip. 

“With a hands-on attitude and practical advice, Chris assisted us in determining our position under English law. 

“Myton Law’s advice was used in the negotiations with ABP, resulting in an agreement that is in the interest of both ABP and Samskip and will define the relationship in the coming years. We enjoyed working together and will certainly use the  services of Myton Law again.”

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Using its own vessles and containers, the firm, which has headquarters in Rotterdam, offers quay-to-quay services through a network of local offices and agents throughout Europe. 

Cargoes shipped include high- profile brands embracing food and beverage, chemicals, paper, construction materials, electronics and other consumer goods.

Myton Law provides commercial legal services from offices on Hull’s Humber waterfront. 

In addition to shipping, logistics and commercial property, Myton Law’s expertise includes international trade, insurance law and offshore renewables.

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