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CMA Shipping
38th Annual Expo & Conference
March 21-23, 2023Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

Olaf Aprans
Partner at Farrell Smith O'Connell Aarsheim Aprans LLP


Olaf Aprans has been practicing maritime law for nearly 16 years. His practice involves a full range of maritime, environmental, insurance and commercial matters. He represents numerous underwriters, insurers and protection & indemnity (“P&I”) clubs, as well as many vessel owners, fishing companies, marinas, tug and barge companies, passenger vessel operators, banks, private lenders and investors. He has extensive experience advising clients in business, finance, fisheries and commercial maritime transactions. This includes general business formation and corporate concerns, workouts, loan participations, charter parties, vessel and fishing permit transactions, foreclosure/arrest, preferred mortgages, maritime liens, fishing rights, shipbuilding contracts, and Coast Guard, NOAA/NMFS, and Maritime Administration regulatory issues, including Jones Act citizenship issues. He regularly assists foreign and domestic stakeholders in the New England offshore wind industry.

Before practicing law, Olaf worked for most of his life harvesting lobster out of Gloucester, Massachusetts onboard F/V BLACK PEARL with his father and brothers. He attended New England School of Law on a full tuition merit scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in the top 10% of his class. In law school, he clerked for the Hon. David A. Lowy who presently sits on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and was an editor of the New England Law Review.

Agenda Sessions

  • US Offshore Wind Jones Act Opportunities