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Casualty, Salvage & Wreck Removal

We offer immediate crisis management & casualty support in emergency situations.

Our dedicated and highly experienced crisis management and Admiralty team comprises lawyers, Master Mariners and marine investigators.

Our global network of offices ensures we have a team available at all times of the day, wherever our clients are or the incident is located.  We have assisted clients in many of the most prominent shipping casualties in recent years and our work on these high-profile  cases has confirmed us as a market leading team.

Our global shipping team provides market-leading advice on collisions, recoveries, salvage and general average, unseaworthiness, fires and explosions, grounding, total loss, transhipment, pilotage, personal injury claims, wreck removal and deep sea recovery projects.

Our Casualty, Wreck & Salvage Removal Work

  • Amériques
  • Asie Pacifique
  • Moyen-Orient
  • Royaume-Uni & Europe
  • Fire and explosion

    • - Advising on the explosion within a chemical tanker after a gas injection into a void space from its cargo of naphtha caused structural damage from the fire and the death of a crewman, whilst off the coast of Lisbon
       
    • - “ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE” – advising on the total loss...
    Brazil

    Salvage/scopic

    • - “ELLI” – advising a shipowner and its P&I Club following a grounding off Aden and subsequently when she broke her back in Suez while preparing for drydocking. This case required quick action to avoid pollution and further damage to the vessel. We dealt with various other issues...
    Mexico

    Pollution

    • - Representing and advising various interests arising from the most high-profile and serious maritime oil pollution incident in China’s maritime industry at the Penglai 19-3 oil field in June 2011 resulting in the establishment of compensation funds worth USD 480 million
      United States

    Wreck removal

    • - “PERRO NEGRO 6” – Advising on the total loss and subsequent wreck removal of a jack up drilling rig offshore Angola
       
    • - Livestock carrier overturned in Brazil laden with cattle – representing hull and P& I insurers in liability claims and wreck removal
      Venezuela
  • Bombay High North vessel collision with oil platform

    Advising in relation to an oil platform off the coast of India which was destroyed by a fire following a supply ship collision

    India

    General average

    • - Advising Vessel Providers in a charter sharing arrangement on General Average issues following a container ship fire
       
    • - "YASA AYSEN” – advising hull insurers and proceeding against P&I Club in High Court over whether storage costs recoverable in GA on shut out cargo...
    Indonesia

    Formosaproduct Brick vessel collision

     Advising on all aspects of the casualty, including salvage, general average and collision liability, following the collision of a tanker with a bulk carrier

    Malaysia

    Major collision mobilizing Master Mariners

    Acting for the owners, P&I Club and hull underwriters on a matter involving a major collision in the South China Sea. Immediate mobilisation was required with one of our Master Mariners travelling to the scene of the collision in Singapore in order to take evidence

    Singapore

    “CN JUMBOS”

    "CN JUMBOS" c/w "ANTON TOPIC - advising owners, P&I and hull insurers on liability and charter issues of a bulk carrier following a collision off Thailand

    Thailand

    Collision/allision

    • - “CN JUMBOS” c/w “ANTON TOPIC – advising owners, P&I and hull insurers on liability and charter issues of a bulk carrier following a collision off Thailand
       
    • - “FORMOSAPRODUCT BRICK” – advising on all aspects of the casualty, including salvage, general average and...
    Thailand
  • Total loss of Atlantik Confidence

    Advising on the total loss of a bulk carrier and its cargo following a fire in the engine room. We have been acting for the owner to establish a limitation fund in the English courts, using a P&I Club letter of undertaking

    Oman

    Onboard container ship explosion

    Advising on a major casualty case involving a 64,000 GT container vessel following a serious explosion in the engine room which caused a fire that spread through the ship, causing secondary explosions from seven containers full of fireworks which ignited

    Yemen
  • Chemical tanker explosion

    Advising on the explosion within a chemical tanker after a gas injection into a void space from its cargo of naphtha caused structural damage from the fire and the death of a crewman, whilst off the coast of Lisbon

    Portugal

    Agarwal Coal Hight Court Appeal

    Acting for Agarwal Coal Corporation in an appeal to the High Court arising out of a challenge to the jurisdiction of an arbitration tribunal. The case constituted an important clarification of the law regarding the correct service of notices of arbitration.

    United Kingdom

    Collision of VLCC "ALEXANDRA 1" and "EVER SMART"

    Acting for Nautical Challenge subsequent to the collision of the laden VLCC "ALEXANDRA 1" and the laden container vessel "EVER SMART" and brought the case to successful completion at trial in the Admiralty Court in London, including making new important law relating to the safe navigation of...

    United Kingdom

    Collision of "ALPINE ETERNITY"

    Acting for "ALPINE ETERNITY" and Britannia P&I Club in relation to all aspects of the claims management process after the vessel collided with Iranian-owned oil rig 'SPD 13A.'

    United Kingdom

Our Casualty, Salvage & Wreck Removal team

Amber Albrecht
Amber Albrecht

Associate

Leon Alexander
Leon Alexander

Partner

Andrew Bicknell
Andrew Bicknell

Partner

Craig Bird
Craig Bird

Senior Associate

Ik Wei Chong
Ik Wei Chong

Partner / Managing Director, Asia

Conte Cicala
Conte Cicala

Partner

William Cooney
William Cooney

Senior Associate

Beth Cubitt
Beth Cubitt

Partner

Simon Culhane
Simon Culhane

Partner

Franco D'Andrea
Franco D'Andrea

Senior Associate

Rory Duncan
Rory Duncan

Associate

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