Shipbuilding, Maritime & Transportation

Cox & Palmer has wide-ranging expertise that can help you advance your business in the maritime and transportation sectors.

Whether you are a large corporation or a small and medium enterprise, our Commercial & Corporate team can support your legal needs. Cox & Palmer prides itself on understanding your industry and providing knowledgeable advice on maritime and shipping law, construction law, intellectual property protection, environmental issues, insurance, regulatory compliance, and more. Clients rely on us to manage their contract lifecycle – from tender preparation and evaluation, to contract negotiation, implementation and management, and any dispute resolution or litigation.

With experience as counsel for significant defence projects, you can rely on us to support your involvement in the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and the Canadian Surface Combatant programs. Cox & Palmer also has extensive experience in port development and management arrangements.

We understand the importance of immigration to the shipbuilding, maritime and transportation sectors and can help you secure the necessary work permits and permanent residency for your workforce. The Employment & Labour Law team provides expert legal and strategic advice to unionized and non-unionized employers, and can conduct workplace investigations, advise on labour disruptions and support collective agreement bargaining.

Proactively manage risk and keep your operations on track with advice from experienced lawyers. Cox & Palmer is the partner you can trust to protect your interests.

Articles & Insights

Registration Under the Controlled Goods Program

Prior to 1999, Canada had enjoyed an exemption to the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) which allowed the importation of certain controlled goods without a license. The United States’ State Department removed Canada’s exempt status over their concerns regarding the potential for such goods to be obtained by criminals or terrorists. Canada’s response was to create the Controlled Goods Program (“CGP”) which regulates access to controlled goods and technologies, including ITAR-controlled goods. As a result of implementing the CGP, Canada is once again able to rely on an exemption to ITAR.

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Certification: A Step Above the Competition

For many businesses, competing for – and winning – contracts is crucial for success. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, obtaining and complying with internationally recognized certifications can be an effective way to help a company stand out from their competition. Certifications confirm that your business, products, or employees meet a certain standard of efficiency, quality control, or competency.

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Shipbuilding: IRB Policy and the Benefits of Public-Private Consortia

In October 2011, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Secretariat awarded Irving Shipbuilding Inc. a $25 billion contract to build combat vessels for Canada. To ensure high value-added business activity for Canadian industries, the Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) Policy requires companies who have won government defence and security contracts to undertake business activities in Canada equal to 100% of the contract value.

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