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The workboat sector covers a wide variety of vessel types from tugs and harbour launches to dredgers, anchor vessels, larger utility/support vessels, pilots and crew transfer vessels.

Tugboats are maritime vessels that are used to tug or tow other vessels by pushing or pulling them with direct contact or a tow line. Tugboats are commissioned to move other vessels as certain barges have no motor or other means of transportation; they assist large vessels with manoeuvring or perform rescue or salvage operations.

Workboats are utilised by a range of marine enterprises – on port construction and infrastructure projects, supporting aquaculture and subsea work and within the offshore energy industries, such as constructing and operating offshore wind farms.

Our marine lawyers provide a deep understanding of this specialist area of law in a commercial setting and ensure they work with you to get the best solution to any issues.

How can we help you?

  • We can advise on the terms and conditions of charter agreements.
  • We advise in relation to disputes that can arise under such agreements, including hire and demurrage issues and deviations for tow and tug.
  • We are used to dealing with disputes involving the BIMCO SUPPLYTIME form for offshore support vessels, as well as the TOWHIRE, TOWCON and the HEAVYCON forms.
  • We advise on collisions and the knock for knock issues.
  • We provide assistance with Maritime Accident Investigation Bureau enquiries as well as proving assistance with MCA interviews.
  • We advise on personal injury claims in relation to workboats and ferries.
  • We can assist with the sale and purchase of anchor boats, crew boats and other vessels.

Why choose us?

With years of experience in this specialist area of law, our Marine Lawyers know that workboats carry out manoeuvres that are inherently risky, we understand the operational concerns behind such issues and we can offer sound expert advice to ensure that you will receive the best possible outcome for your case.

If you would like to learn more about how we can assist you, please contact our specialist Marine Lawyers on 02380 827416 or by emailing

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