Chisa has to her credit over 12 years’ experience in admiralty and shipping matters. She has advised clients on Nigerian shipping laws and international maritime conventions. She is very active in litigation and represents clients before trial and appellate courts in maritime and admiralty law cases.
Chisa provides comprehensive legal service to shipowners, their local agents or representatives, shippers, charterers, marine insurers including P&I Clubs and their correspondents in relation to bill of lading disputes, charterparties and other contracts of affreightment, application of the Hague or Hamburg rules, agency agreements and ships sales and purchases. She also provides advice in respect shipping and offshore casualties and of marine enquiries or claims relating to general average and salvage. She advises terminal operators on their rights and status in contracts of carriage.
Since coming into force of the Nigerian Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003 in May 2004, Chisa has advised foreign and local clients alike on the said Act. She has obtained waivers from requirements of the Cabotage Act for several vessels, foreign and local; she has processed registration of several foreign and local vessels in the Cabotage Special Register.
Chisa advises on the structuring and establishment of shipping companies or shipping agencies with or without foreign participation particularly with regard to compliance with local content requirements.