Klaus is a lawyer and qualified nautical engineer with a certificate of competence as a master of deep-sea vessels of any size and type, and a qualified industrial engineer for the maritime sector. He advises and represents our clients in cases spanning the full spectrum of maritime law, inland waterway law and carriage of goods laws. He appears before the ordinary courts of law and arbitration tribunals. Klaus’s area of specialism is thus broad and includes cases involving the liability of the shipowner, collisions, salvage and general average, the rights of maritime lien holders, accident liability for passenger injuries, the limitation of liability for maritime claims. He also has specialist knowledge of all issues relating to the law on the carriage of goods, and be it under bills of lading, charter parties, contracts of affreightment and contracts of carriage by road, railway and air including multi-modal transport. This includes carriage covered by a bill of lading, consignment bill or multi-modal consignment bill. Klaus has particular experience of ship arrests. His expertise extends to hull, P&I and cargo insurance, ship management, shipbuilding contracts as well as international sale of goods including questions of security for the vendor in case of the buyer’s insolvency, as well as purchase price payment mechanisms in exchange for documents.
He is one of the chairpersons of the German Maritime Law Association (DVIS), titulary member of CMI and author of numerous articles on German maritime law and transport law. Klaus has written two standard textbooks on the law of inland waterways shipping and on multimodal transport law. He is the author of the commentary on provisions and clauses on transport insurance law in the standard work by Staudinger/Halm/Wendt on insurance law. He was closely involved in the drafting of the new German maritime law that entered into force in April 2013. Dr. Ramming regularly lectures on maritime law at the University of Hamburg. He is also working on a new edition of “Schaps/Abraham”, one of the most highly regarded textbooks on German maritime law, and on parts of the major online commentary of the German Commercial Code (HGB) published by Beck Verlag. Dr. Ramming is one of the editors of the magazine “Recht der Transportwirtschaft” (Law of the Transport Industry”).