We often advise shipyards and repair companies in case of claims arising during their work, in order to identify liabilities and support the evaluation of direct and indirect damages. The experience in paint claims and passenger vessels outfitting is a plus for superyacht and cruise vessel specialized shipyards.
We are appointed as Technical Expert in construction contracts, in order to provide assistance in case of dispute and guide parties accordingly.
Design and construction processes are reviewed in order to verify the compliance to applicable rules and agreements, and to improve product efficiency.
Our experts can investigate the cause, nature and extent of damages and failures of hull, structures, systems and machinery of all types of ships and yachts.
Through the experience of our Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Master Mariners and Chief Engineers we can report quickly to the interested parties and with respect to the underlying frame of rules, policies and relations.
Root cause analysis is carried out following the requirements of the Principal since the investigation stage, in order to collect the relevant information and evidence.
Analysis of IT records and VDR data complements the field inspections.
Samples of fuel, oils and other fluids, and failed parts of machinery and structures, can be analyzed by independent laboratories to investigate the cause of damages.
Estimated duration and cost of repairs, or loss of hire, are updated continuously in order to allow Principal to reserve the claim properly.
Several Risk Assessments in accordance with JH143 guidelines have been already carried out in repair and construction shipyards, both for merchant vessels and superyachts, in order to provide Insurers with the proper risk profiles in advance.
Risk Assessment can also be specific for a single activity (such as maintenance and repairs) or for a construction, in case of Builders’ Risk cover.
Pre-purchase condition surveys are not based on a checklist or form, as they have to adapt to the specific needs of the Client and to the condition and characteristics of the vessel.
The thorough inspection of structures, machinery, systems, accessories, logs and records is aimed at providing a complete picture of vessel conditions as well as critical issues, expected capital expenses or opex increase.
It is recommended to couple the survey with Class records inspection, in order to have a view on the past history of the vessel.
The vast and diverse experience of our people is key in assisting interested parties and their lawyers on all technical aspects of ship construction, operations, casualties, accidents and injuries.
Technical knowledge is provided within the legal framework given, in order to pursue the desired results while making arguments understandable for all involved parties.
We can provide a full package of design review and approval and surveillance of construction of all types of vessel, including superyachts and cruise ships.
Design and construction are scrutinized by a dedicated team against applicable rules, Technical Specification and Contract s in order to guarantee the highest quality of the final product and the best value for the investment.
The experience in claims and litigation of our specialists is supportive in disputes resolution in progress.
We can assist in the management of various projects and tasks, including conversions, major repairs, project cargo, technical audits, fleet maintenance review, contract management, etc.
Marine injuries investigations are carried out in accordance with applicable law and rules, and based on the evidence available and collected through the monitoring systems.
Analysis of root cause and of applicable procedures and rules provides information on the expected liabilities.
In case of dispute, we can assist providing expert advice and support at hearings.