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Yves De Cocker


Yves is specialised in handling marine cargo claims and represents leading cargo underwriters as well as carriers. You can also appeal to him for collisions involving inland barges and pleasure boats, casualties with push and pull vessels and tugboats. Yves also advises clients in assistance and salvage issues.

Areas of practice

  • Maritime law and admiralty
    • Marine cargo claims
    • Collision
    • Limitation of Liability for maritime claims
    • Towage
    • Charter parties
    • Assistance and salvage
  • Inland waterway transportation
  • Air carriage
  • Storage and handling of goods
  • Transport Insurance Law
  • Arrests
  • International contracts and commercial disputes
  • General Commercial and Contract law / Liability
    • Contractors
    • Lease / rent
    • Sale of goods
    • Debt recovery claims


Yves De Cocker graduated in 1992 at the Law Faculty of the University of Ghent. Within the scope of the Erasmus project he attended a special “Maritime Law” course at the University of Cardiff (Wales, United Kingdom). In 1993 he obtained a postgraduate in Port and Maritime Sciences at the University of Ghent. He was admitted to the Antwerp Bar in 1993.
University of Ghent (Law Degree, 1992)
University of Ghent (Postgraduate in Port and Maritime Sciences, 1993)


Antwerp Bar
Belgian Maritime Law Association
International Bar Association (IBA)
2016-2017: Vice-Chair of the Land Transport Sub Committee (IBA)
2018-2019: Chair of the Land Transport Sub Committee (IBA)


Speaker at the Third Asian Maritime Law Conference on May 7th 2010 in Singapore: “Arrest of Vessels under Belgian Law”

Speaker at the International Bar Association Annual Conference on October 8th 2010 in Vancouver: “The Belgian Act on the Continuity of Undertakings - A new restructuring tool”

Speaker at the Coollogistics Conference on September 28th 2011 in Antwerp, session “Insurance & Legal Dimension: Cargo Claims, Mediation & Settlement”

Speaker at the IBA Maritime and Transport Law Conference on May 07 2015 in Geneva: “Recent evolutions in commodity trading: the evolutions in warehousing in Antwerpl”


Yves speaks Dutch, French and English and possesses a passive knowledge of German.

yves de cocker

"Each case is a challenge. I like an enthusiastic and constructive approach and shifting gears swiftly. Arrest and court surveys are my cup of tea."