Expert Witness Services

Our experts have extensive experience of providing opinion in court proceedings or arbitration.

Our experts’ knowledge of ship types encompasses; oil tankers, LNG vessels, LPG vessels, refrigerated container ships, bulk cargoes of all types and passenger vessels.

  • Cargo disputes: Liquid, bulk and containerised cargos, inc. food damage

    Our Master Mariners can give expert opinion and advice on cargo handling and cargo damage issues relating to oil product cargoes, crude oils, LNG and LPG, bulk grain, coal, ore or other bulk cargoes, container stowage and damage and specialised cargo. We have access to specialist agronomists who can advise on degradation of foodstuffs.

  • Fixed and floating object damage

    Our multi-disciplinary team of mariners, civil engineers and naval architects regularly undertake investigations and provide opinion into damage to jetties, berths, cranes and fendering arrangements.

  • Unsafe berths and unsafe port issues

    We routinely act on unsafe berth and unsafe port disputes offering guidance on the suitability of a berth’s arrangements for a particular ship and on the suitability of a port’s s operational procedures, pilotage arrangements and VTS arrangements.

  • Crane and gantry damage

    Our team of marine engineers, civil engineers, mariners and electrical and instrumentation experts can provide detailed investigation into the causes of crane failure and crane damage, in addition to providing opinion to court and arbitration proceedings.

  • Collision, grounding and navigation disputes

    Our Master Mariners regularly provide investigation services and opinion after a grounding, collision or other disputes around the navigation of vessels or other floating structures.

  • Fuel investigations and bunker disputes

    Our marine engineers provide forensic investigation into disputes involving the management of fuel, in addition to opinion on contamination.

  • Charter party disputes

    Our team of technical, operational and commercial experts can advise on a range of charterparty performance issues.