Our Marine and Transport team provide a broad range of legal services to the insurers of shipping, aviation, road, rail, logistics, mining and trading commodities across Australia, New Zealand and the APAC region. We advise on policy drafting and coverage, as well as significant litigated and non-litigated insurance matters across the marine and transport industries.

Our experience spans casualty crisis management, ship arrests, judicial sales of vessels, cargo claims, marine insurance advisory work, logistics and chain of responsibility advisory work, and charterparty litigation and negotiation.

We also advise on insolvency, cross-border transactions, and traditional disputes involving land-based transport under trade, transport, shipping and maritime insurance law.

Recent work

Advising the insurer on issues, including double insurance, leased / hired plant insurance, reasonable care conditions, consequential loss, business interruption claims, and the effect of ss9 and 11 Insurance Law Reform Act 1977.

A recovery action on behalf of the insurer following a barge collision with a container terminal gantry crane, which caused damages in excess of $8 million.

A recovery action in excess of $5 million involving damaged berths at the insured’s coal terminal following impact damage from a work platform during severe weather conditions.

A recovery against the operator of a tug boat that collided with a wharf causing damage in the vicinity of $2 million.

Acting for an insurer and an insured following a flood event at a major Australian mine in an effort to recover insured plant (mobile drilling rig) losses and uninsured consequential losses.

Appointment for an insurer in the context of a $4.5 million agreed/market value dispute following the explosion of 4 LPG tankers in road train configuration.

Appointed by a Lloyd’s syndicate in respect of managing the total loss of a dump truck at a major Australian coal mine provisionally assessed at $4.5 million with recovery potential.