Regulatory offences 3C

Regulatory offences

Life on the water comes with as many rules and regulations as life on dry land. These regulations need to be adhered to, to keep the seas and harbours safe for those who use them. In recent years environmental factors have become a much bigger part of the regulations too, giving users of the waterways and high seas even more rules to adhere to.

So, whether you’re an owner or in command of a vessel, or the Harbour Authority responsible for enforcing your byelaws, we can offer advice on a range of issues from breaches of Merchant Shipping Regulations, byelaw or Collision Regulations to advice on offences, pleas and penalties. We can help you explore your options relating to Magistrate and Crown Court proceedings or can discuss offences such as pollution, intoxication and lack of certification.

If you are to be interviewed under caution we can help you through this too. We’re experienced at talking to the relevant authorities, and can represent you during interviews, providing support and professional assistance at a stressful and unnerving time.

Whatever your concerns our lawyers can give you considered, knowledgeable advice and help with any regulatory offence that you might be facing.

Latest News & Blogs

Frozen tuna – waybills issued towards the end of the carriage
May
2017

A recent High Court decision in Kyokuyo Ltd v AP Moller-Maersk A/S trading as Maersk Line [2017] EWHC 654 (Comm) highlights the commercial risks associated with carrying frozen tuna in refrigerated containers.

Berthing and storage – Contract formation and debt recovery
May
2017

With space at a premium and berths a finite resource, the importance of guarding against unprofitable berths is paramount. With this in mind, if something goes wrong it helps to have a lawfully worded contract upon which you can rely.

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