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.
Latest News & Blogs
In a recent case, the English Court was asked to consider the nature of the obligations on the owners of the vessel on an approach voyage, when the charterparty did not include any ETA dates for the ship for the delivery port, but did include a cancelling date.
A legal dispute concerning a cargo of Columbian green coffee beans, which were carried in 20 unventilated containers to Germany, has made its way up to the Court of Appeal.