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Highlights of our experience in Maritime Disputes

  • PRC charterers in successfully defending a claim for provision of security under the NYPE Inter-Club agreement (reported as London Arbitration 18/18).
  • Various cargo interests with claims totalling over US$18.8 million in a limitation fund in Hong Kong resulting from a collision between “ELENI” and “HEUNG-A DRAGON”.
  • Shipowners and their P&I Club in dealing with an abandoned cargo on board, including obtaining orders relating to discharge, exercise of a lien and disposal as well as obtaining a declaration from the court that owners had acted lawfully.
  • A major worldwide terminal operator and its insurer in respect of various allision claims resulting in damage to its facilities and equipment in various jurisdictions.
  • Japanese shipowners in successfully mediating a dispute subject to London arbitration regarding oil major approvals.
  • An international freight forwarder and its insurers in respect of a fire on board the vessel “MAERSK HONAN” in respect of the GA, salvage and PA claims arising in respect of 100 separate shipments.
  • Disponent owners on the dumping at sea of an abandoned cargo and related claims against charterers.
  • P&I Club and its chartering member in relation to its liabilities in respect of the sinking of a bulk carrier including loss of the vessel, crew and cargo on board with the total claims amounting to US$70 million.
  • An offshore support vessel operator in respect of termination of charterparty for a vessel which had been downgraded by its oil major client and was, as a result, no longer fit for purpose.
  • PRC time charterers in defending a claim for alleged wrongful cancellation of a charterparty.
  • Singaporean charterers in successfully pursuing a claim in London arbitration for breach of a vessel’s cargo capacity warranty.
  • Dealing with theft of US$2 million of watches and electronics which occurred during the movement of the cargo between sea port and warehouse in Hong Kong.
  • Korean time charterers on disputes arising out of a major collision and sinking.
  • ING Bank in numerous claims arising out of the OW Bunker insolvency.