Contractual and Tortious Claims

  • Successfully acting for shipowners in arbitration over US$50million claim for early vessel redelivery.
  • Successfully acting for shipowners in London ad hoc arbitration, and appeal, over US$130 million claim relating to new cape-size vessel identity.
  • Acting for shipowners in litigation in Rangoon including attending court to assist in giving evidence on English/international legal principles.
  • Litigating in South Africa to pierce the corporate veil between associated ship owning companies.  Succeeding on first instance and on appeal.
  • Litigating in Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal to obtain security for mis-delivery of US$5 million cargo without production of bills of lading.
  • Advising a shipowner on his claims against hull insurers and brokers in Indonesian litigation following the total loss of vessel in a typhoon off Korea. “No 1 Dae Bu”[2006] EWHC 812.
  • Acting for shipowner in US$5 million London arbitration relating to purchase of a bulk cargo vessel. Case involved related litigation in France, Netherlands, South Africa and Hong Kong.
  • Acting for owners of a yacht damaged by a collision in the Fastnet race. Obtaining a settlement greater than the limitation amount.
  • Acting for shipowners and terminals in cases involving damage to one or the other including pollution.
  • Advising on terminal conditions of use (COU) for new LNG terminal in Indonesia and for terminal in Vietnam.
  • Advising charterers after the grounding of their laden container vessel.
  • Advising owners of towage vessels after their arrest following the EVOIKOS collision.
  • Involved in arresting/attaching and releasing vessels and other assets in many jurisdictions.
  • Negotiating settlement of claim for the hire of a vessel used for an airport construction project.
  • Negotiating the settlement of a claim for damage to oil cargo caused by allegedly leaking heating coils.
  • Negotiating the settlement of a claim for damage to a cargo of palm oil caused by contamination in tankers prior to loading.
  • Involved in various cases concerning damage to different kinds of steel products during carriage and storage.
  • Involved in cases involving damage to a wide range of commodities including  edible  and agri commodities including pulp and paper, met and thermal coal, bulk oil and liquid cargoes, LNG and LPG, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, cement and other cargoes including car carriers, containers, and project cargo.
  • Involved in disputes concerning construction history of several bulk vessels, compliance with regulations including PSPC, allegations of backdating, and related litigation and arbitration in PRC, London and South Africa. Claims secured and settled.
  • Advising charterers of effect of dlosp requirement in relation to three charterparties. All successfully renegotiated.
  • Acting for buyers of four vessels in disputes with shipyard over construction, involving serious defects and class issues. Claims settled in full.
  • Disputes arising under Ship Management Contracts