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Ports, Rail and Logistics

According to Chambers Bowmans demonstrates expertise in road and rail infrastructure development, including O&M agreements.

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Bowmans’ ports, rail and logistics expertise integrates all of the contractual and regulatory aspects of ports, terminals and logistics corridors with the physical establishment and financing of the infrastructure.

Millions of tons of import and export cargoes move along the logistics corridors of Africa every day, using road, rail and pipelines for carriage between the hinterland and the ports and using cargo storage facilities and loading or discharge facilities at the terminals that populate those ports.

Our offering includes advising on port, rail and terminal regulations and legislation, terminal throughput agreements, ISPS, port economic regulation, terminal operating procedures (including rail and stockyard interfaces and management processes), storage contracts, establishment of all infrastructure pertaining to ports, terminals, storage facilities, inland terminals and logistics corridors such as rail and pipelines.

Our expertise ranges from the financing and physical establishment of the infrastructure through to the contractual and regulatory aspects of its operation. In this context, we also advise our clients on establishing logistics infrastructure, relationships between land and sea users, building contracts from source to sea and equipment and other procurement contracts, as well as project finance and public-private partnerships, concessions and other land use agreements.

Our service extends to undertaking risk management assessments as well as all litigation between parties to port, terminal and logistics operations.

We serve all of the ports in South Africa, including Cape Town, Durban, Ngqura/ Coega, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and Saldanha and numerous ports in Southern Africa including all Kenyan, Mozambiquan and Tanzanian ports as well as ports in Angola, Madagascar, Mauritius and Namibia. We are also the listed legal correspondent in the ports of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth for most of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

We have worked on a number of major projects, including the new Durban cruise terminal, the Durban Dig-out Port as well as full rail, terminal and port developments in a number of countries in Africa including Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.

Our clients include various government departments and para-statals, international logistics infrastructure developers and operators, shipping lines, national port authorities, financiers and insurers.

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