Admiralty & Maritime

We have considerable experience in casualty response and investigation for ship owners, charterers, cargo interests and their insurers in relation to casualties arising in Irish waters.

On behalf of our clients, we liaise with various authorities and investigators including: port state control, flag state officials and the HSA. We provide a quick and efficient response to instructions dealing with all issues arising to include any criminal proceedings, personal injuries, issues arising under contracts of carriage and marine insurance policies. We advise on jurisdiction, liability and apportionment, General Average, salvage, pollution and environmental liability and wreck removal issues.

We have acted for a number of the P&I Clubs and other interests in relation to ship arrest and detention proceedings in Ireland and our lawyers have been involved in the majority of ship arrests in Ireland over the last number of years either successfully defending arrests or appealing detention proceedings and successfully negotiating security for release of vessels from arrest.


Recent Highlights

o  We acted for a P&I Club and their members investigating a grounding of a passenger vessel of Tobermory on 11 May 2015. We represented the Master in defending a prosecution by the MSA. We successfully reduced the charges the Master was exposed to and undertook immediate casualty investigation/advice.

o  We successfully represented COSCO following the arrest of the M/V “YICHANGHAI” in Dublin on 30 May 2013.

o  Acting for P&I Insurers of Owners following grounding incident off Irish waters to include advise on General Average issues (including provision and drafting of General Average bonds and non-separation agreements from cargo interests), advise on declaration by hull insurers of constructive total loss, drafting LOI’s for deviation and delivery of cargo at alternative destination, advice regarding release originals bills of lading and endorsements on bills and advice regarding inspection of vessels by state authorities, MCIB, and scopes of inspection by chartering and cargo interests.

o  Acting for Irish shipowner following collision in Germany. Our team successfully negotiated the provision of security and ultimate payment of all repairs by colliding vessel.

o  Acting for P&I Club in successfully negotiating settlement following the alliding of a member’s vessel with cargo equipment in port.