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Superyachts: Emergency & Incident Response

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In summary our experience includes:

  • Salvage and emergency response / accident investigation

  • Advising on liability issues and owner’s rights / responsibilities following an incident

  • Insurance claim assessment and advice on process and timing

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution for settlement of claims arising from incidents

  • Advice on regulatory and compliance issues

  • Yacht arrest and release from arrest

Please also see our section on insurance here: Insurance, Litigation and Arbitration

Recent examples include:

  • Acting for the owner and insurers of a yacht that had been salved after an engine/steering gear failure, including negotiations with the tug owners, settling the salvage claim within a week of the salvage and advising on policy issues

  • Acting as a mediator between two sailing yacht owners in relation to disputes arising out of a collision between their yachts

  • Advising an owner of a British-flagged sailing yacht in connection with an investigation into an incident involving his yacht, being undertaking by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) including advice on due process and rights of representation

  • Advising an owner of a Cayman-flagged motor yacht that was arrested in Spain following a dispute with the previous captain, and whose actions were funded by the captain’s trade union. Arranging for the release of the arrest within 48 hours

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