Marine Claims

The hull claims department handle all incidents involving damage to or loss of insured vessels as well as property claims made by or pursued against third parties. Our highly experienced staff supported by a wide network of technical and legal experts are available to assist.


Some of the key points of our hull claims handling philosophy;


  • Early appointment of local surveyor/lawyer/technical consultant.
  • Staff attendance where appropriate.
  • Claims dealt with as expediently as possible to minimise delays to Members.

Should an incident occur which may result in a claim for damage to the insured vessel or third party property please inform us or your insurance broker as soon as possible and we will instruct the appropriate people to assist you immediately.


Take whatever measures that are reasonable to avoid further damage without putting yourself or others at risk.


Any expenses incurred in mitigating or averting a loss that would be covered by your policy should be recoverable as part of your claim.




The P&I claims department handle claims made against our members by injured crew, passengers and third parties (According to cover purchased.) Our worldwide network of legal and adjusting professionals is available to assist Members as required. All claims are overseen from Head Office in Mumbai.


Some of the key points of our P&I claims handling philosophy;


  • Early investigation of accidents to preserve evidence.
  • Prompt settlement of liability claims.
  • Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution to contain costs.

What to do in an emergency

Should an accident occur which may result in a claim against you for an injury to your crew, third parties or passengers please inform us or your insurance broker as soon as possible and we will instruct the appropriate people to assist you immediately.

Our Admiralty, Maritime & Shipping practice includes

  • Arrests or Release of Vessel in Mumbai and other ports in India
  • Agency/freight forwarding matters
  • Arbitration
  • Bunker disputes
  • Cargo claims
  • CIF and FOB contracts
  • Claim and cause of action in respect of any mortgage
  • Claim by a master in respect of disbursements
  • Claim by a master or crew for wages, etc.
  • Claim by the owner or consignee or assignee of any bill of lading of any goods for damage
  • Claim for damage done by any ship
  • Claim for damage received by any ship or sea-going vessel
  • Claim for necessaries supplied to any ship
  • Claim for the building, equipping or repairing of any ship
  • Claim for the possession or ownership of a ship
  • Claim in respect of any registered mortgage
  • Claim in the nature of salvage services
  • Claim in the nature of towage
  • Claims Relating to Cargo and contracts of Affreightment
  • Commodity disputes
  • Construction of ships, rigs and port facilities
  • Demise, time, and space charter agreements
  • Financing, mortgaging, and registration of ships
  • Freezing injunctions/ ship arrest or release
  • General average
  • Hire and off-hire claims
  • Incorporation and management of offshore companies
  • International and domestic joint ventures
  • Lay time and demurrage disputes
  • Liner operations
  • Marine insurance
  • Maritime litigation
  • Ownership disputes.
  • P&I settlement
  • Performance warranties
  • Port regulations
  • Purchase and sale of vessels and other maritime assets
  • Resolving maritime lien and ship mortgage disputes
  • Sale and purchase of second-hand tonnage
  • Setting up business in India/ Foreign Investments in India
  • Supplies, repairs etc...Unpaid dues.
  • Taxation
  • Trade finance and documentary credits
  • Unsafe port or berth claims
  • Vessel documentation, inspection, registration, and flagging
  • Vessel financing for lenders, borrowers, and charterers
  • Vessel management and product sales agreements
  • Vessel repair litigation

We are known worldwide for our expertise and have one of the strongest protection & indemnity claim practices in India and are highly recommended by independent credential bodies. We provide a comprehensive service in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of shipping law, advising on matters ranging from cargo claims to marine casualties, and from ship finance to ship purchase or sale.

We act for clients in every area of the shipping business. These include numerous ship owners and charterers, hull and cargo insurers, P & I and Defense Clubs, salvage and tug companies, shipbuilders, ship breakers, banks, ship repair yard, marine engineering companies, ship and chartering brokers, oil companies, port authorities, and Government agencies.

CONTENTIOUS SHIPPING MATTERS

We combine long experience in this area of law and have extensive contacts in the shipping industries , which enables us to call on suitable technical experts with a network of international maritime law firms, and to advise on choice of an arbitrator.

Members of the firm are frequently called upon to deal with matters requiring urgent responses, such as, a freezing order, the exercise of a lien or the arrest of a ship; they are accustomed to attendance at short notice.

Maritime disputes are dealt with by solicitors who advise on all aspects of shipping litigation and arbitration which includes a specialist Admiralty team.

Shipping litigation and arbitration

We have extensive experience of all aspects of 'dry' shipping, including such matters as bills of lading and charterparties, P & I and Defence Club cover, and international sale of goods.

Examples of issues with which we regularly deal are:

  • cargo claims
  • laytime and demurrage disputes
  • hire and off-hire claims
  • unsafe port or berth claims
  • performance warranties
  • bunker disputes
  • supplies, repair etc...unpaid dues.
  • ownership disputes.
  • agency/freight forwarding matters
  • commodity disputes
  • general average
  • CIF and FOB contracts
  • trade finance and documentary credits
  • freezing injunctions/ ship arrest or release

In addition to litigation & arbitration, we also provide the following other services:

  1. Drafting of contracts and other documentation relating to shipping
  2. On site Investigation and assistance as required, dealing with local lawyers, government inspectors, surveyors and experts (making use of our database of specialist foreign lawyers (network) and shipping experts throughout the world)

In an out-of-hours emergency, we can be contacted either by calling the Mumbai office telephone number which has the facility of "follow me" (tripping facility) 24 Hrs Emergency Response Team.

NON-CONTENTIOUS SHIPPING MATTERS

Commercial shipping and ship finance

We act for banks and finance companies, shipowners, shipbuilders, ship breakers and port authorities. The areas on which we regularly advise include:

  • sale and purchase of second-hand tonnage
  • financing, mortgaging, and registration of ships
  • construction of ships, rigs and port facilities
  • international joint ventures
  • incorporation and management of offshore companies
  • taxation
  • liner operations
  • port regulations
Our gamut of Detective services
Our gamut of Detective services
Tahitian vessel "Taura'a Tua III", a 25m long-liner got into difficulty when approaching an atoll in the South Pacific and grounded on a reef. Attempts to refloat the vessel were unsuccessful and the wreck had to be broken up on site for disposal. Photo courtesy of Capt. Bruno Videau and Poe-ma Insurances.
Tahitian vessel "Taura'a Tua III", a 25m long-liner got into difficulty when approaching an atoll in the South Pacific and grounded on a reef. Attempts to refloat the vessel were unsuccessful and the wreck had to be broken up on site for disposal. Photo courtesy of Capt. Bruno Videau and Poe-ma Insurances.

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