NED A. van Steenderen

Van Steenderen Mainport Lawyers


Arnold van Steenderen is considered an outstanding wet and dry shipping lawyer with a deep understanding of the shipping industry. He specialises in all forms of dispute resolution, domestic and international arbitration and mediation. His work i.a involves drafting and negotiating shipbuilding contracts (any type of vessel, from superyachts to drilling rigs), collision and salvage work, the arrest/release of ships, shipfinance and registration, P&I work, dealing with charterparty disputes, cargo claims and marine insurance disputes. He is recognised for the distress work the firm has conducted in regard to sudden charterers defaults, foreclosure of mortgages etc. The Netherlands being a favourite jurisdiction for the foreclosure of ship mortgages he has represented clients in numerous court actions in this area. He is highly regarded as one of the few specialists in the Netherlands in the field of shipbuilding litigation and arbitration.

Arnold started his professional career in the maritime law practice of what was then Nauta Lambert Blussé. He was a partner with NautaDutilh from 1983 until 2005. It was upon his initiative that Van Steenderen MainportLawyers was started up by the end of 2005.

Next to having an outstanding reputation as an international shipping lawyer, he is also frequently appointed as an arbitrator in all kinds of maritime, insurance and logistics disputes. He is a member of the IBA Committee on Maritime and Insurance Law, the Dutch Transport Law Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Vervoerrecht) and the Netherlands Association of Transport Lawyers.

Arnold van Steenderen is also practising Mediation Advocacy, i.e. guiding clients through all aspects of mediation. Now, especially since the judiciary in the Netherlands is promoting mediation as an alternative to court proceedings, the importance of a profound knowledge of negotiation skills and tactics is growing. He has passed the exam of Master of Dispute Resolution, undertaken the professional training of ADR-Specialist / Legal Mediator at the Amsterdam ADR Institute of the University of Amsterdam.

Arnold lectures (Erasmus University Rotterdam and Technical University Delft) and has been a panellist at international conferences on maritime law. He is contributing editor of “Getting the Deal Through-Shipbuilding 2013” and editor of “Getting the Deal Through-Shipping 2013”.

His practice has generated a number of landmark decisions by the Dutch Supreme Court. He has dealt with these cases in the fact-finding instances of the High Court of Justice and Court of Appeal.