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Marine insurance is the foundation upon which Clyde & Co was established

The practice is run from our UK, European, Asian and American offices, ensuring that we always have our own people available in relevant time zones. Most of the major headline cases in marine insurance in the last decade have involved lawyers from one or other of our offices.

Providing contentious and advisory services to all parties within the marine insurance business, we work with overseas insurers and the many syndicates, companies, captives, brokers, P&I clubs and loss adjusters which form the nucleus of the London marine market and their insureds.
We provide a comprehensive range of legal services, advising on hull, energy, cargo, liability, business interruption and reinsurance matters, and have developed a proven track record in advising on marine and energy claims issues.

Our years of experience in both the marine and insurance sectors means that we have a firm grasp of the challenges faced by our clients, as well as the know-how to help them navigate through those issues. We are able to offer advice on a wide range of marine insurance matters including recoveries, war and terrorism, shipbuilding & offshore construction, mortgagees’ interests, yachts, loss of hire, pollution, scuttling and fraud, all aspects of marine casualties, and P&I, FD&D and charterers' liability.



  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Coverage advice to Cargo Insurers in relation to loss/ seizure in West Africa

    Advising cargo insurers on coverage issues arising in relation to claims by the insured for loss/seizure/misappropriation of rice and veg oil cargoes in West Africa

    Cote dIvoire
  • Floating unit collision USD 20 million claim

    Acting for an insurer in relation to the P-XXV case involving a USD 20 million claim by a Brazilian insured for loss and damage following the collision of a floating unit


    US defence contractor property damage and business interruption dispute

    Advising and conducting defence of major reinsurance carrier in reinsurance dispute (Bermuda Form arbitration) with US defence contractor in relation to USD 1 billion property damage and business interruption claim following damage to its Gulf Coast shipyards and 15 US naval vessels under...

    United States
  • Large pipeline rupture offshore Hainan

    Acting for subrogated insurers in a recovery action in respect of a large pipeline rupture offshore Hainan, China the most high-profile and serious oil pollution incident in China’s maritime history


    Cargo claims against a large number of NVOCCs

    Assisting a number of cargo insurers to pursue cargo claims against a large number of NVOCCs in Hong Kong in relation to the loss of cargoes as a result of the sinking of the carrying container vessel in June 2013

    Hong Kong

    Phantom ship theft

     Acting for marine insurers to defend a claim for total loss based on a phantom ship theft of a full cargo shipped from Thailand to West Africa. The decision led to the rewriting of the Change of Voyage Clause in the New ICC 2009


    Pursuing recovery for loss of cargo following collision

    Defending claims for the salvage and general average of the surviving containers, and pursuing recovery for the loss of cargo following a collision between a container ship and a bulk carrier, following which only the on-deck cargo was salvaged and nearly all 600 containers were lost

  • Capsize of the offshore vessel Demas Victory

    Acting for insurers in relation to the “Demas Victory”, an offshore supply vessel, which capsized inbound to Qatar resulting in 30 deaths and ensuing criminal and civil proceedings, insurance and blood money issues


    Advising multiple cargo insurers on largest container vessel to ever be lost

    Advising multiple cargo insurers on the total loss of USD 300 million of cargo after container broke in two, caught fire and sank in two sections, losing all 4,382 containers on board. This is the largest container vessel ever to be lost

  • Pursuing recovery for loss of cargo following collision

    Bahamian-flagged car carrier that sank in the North Sea after a collision with the Cyprus-registered container ship. (Loss amount USD 35 million)


    Defending steel loss claims

    Successfully defending European insurers from proceedings brought against them by their insured in the UK regarding loss of steel valued at USD 5 million. The case was dismissed and referred to in the Courts in Switzerland and ultimately settled for less than USD 100,000


    Engine breakdown and fraudulent claims

    Advising insurers on a dispute in respect of a EUR 1.4 million claim concerning engine breakdown and subsequent fraudulent claims

    United Kingdom

    Defending product liability and wrongful death allegations

    Acting for shipowners and insurers in the successful defence and settlement of wrongful death and products liability claims by the family of a ship’s officer who died after an explosion in the engine room of a refrigerated cargo ship on high seas

    United Kingdom

    Demurrage and detention claims

    Successfully representing an oil trader in relation to demurrage and detention claims resulting from an owners’ refusal to accept the nominated vessel to perform a ship-to-ship transfer

    United Kingdom