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.
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Charterparties contain a variety of arbitration clauses which identify where and how parties wish their disagreements to be resolved.
A recent arbitration decision considered a good weather clause which included two descriptions of wave height, causing the charterers and the owners to take opposing views.