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Nigerian Piracy – Have we reached a tipping point?

There seems to be no sense that Nigeria piracy is slowing and in the past month we have seen a step change in tactics as the pirates have upped the ante by taking hostages from laden vessels in numbers not seen before [1]. At the same time, reports have come in that the three crew members […]

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Keith Harper chaired the Management and Prevention of Containership Fires seminar   »

Keith Harper, Master Mariner Solicitor Consultant at Tatham & Co, chaired the Management and Prevention of Containership Fires seminar which took place on 6th December in London. This seminar was part of the 22nd Salvage and Wreck Conference.   2019 saw an unprecedented number of container fires incidents. On average a fire broke out every week, […]

Settlement negotiation
Making without prejudice (save as to costs) offers   »

This article looks at the pitfalls of negotiating a settlement and how best to increase your chances of avoiding being ordered to pay your opponent’s costs. Sometimes resort to the courts or arbitration is unavoidable. Fortunately for clients’ pockets, and a solicitor’s blood pressure, this is quite a rare event. One factor that encourages parties […]

SCOPIC wording offers protection for salvage contractors   »

Salvors prefer rich pickings. Where, however, a ship has a low damaged value, and where there is no valuable cargo on board that can be saved, there is little to incentivise a salvor to undertake a rescue operation. In the past, if the vessel grounded on or sank off the more remote shorelines of the […]


How a lack of class can be costly

Having recently ourselves settled a case involving a tug that had fallen out of class shortly before the incident in question, it was interesting to see that such a case has recently found its way from an arbitration award to the Court of Appeal in London. It is seldom the case (and was not in […]

Girting – Communication is vital   »

This article argues that over-reliance on the ability of a tug and its crew to be able to prevent the vessel from capsizing is common to many incidents. Girting – Communication is vital I have not been on board a girting tug, nor want to be. I do know that when a yacht broaches in high […]


Tatham & Co joins Maritime London

  Marking the firm’s support for Maritime London, on 4 September Simon Tatham presented a paper on legal services to delegates invited by the UK Government’s Department for International Trade. Taking place at the Baltic Exchange, this was one of many meetings organised around London International Shipping Week and was coordinated by Maritime London. Presenting […]

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Stephen Askins’ Webinar on tanker security in the new ‘tanker wars’   »

Stephen Askins along with Intertanko’s Phillip Belcher, UK Chamber of Shipping’s David Balston, BIMCO’s Jakob Larsen engaged in candid discussion on present and future tanker safety and security issues in the wake of the Stena Impero and Grace 1 seizures. Topics discussed: The threat. Implications for ports who choose to receive Adrian Darya 1 (ex-Grace 1). […]

Iran undertakes not to let Grace 1 cargo be delivered to EU Sanctioned entity   »

Iran undertakes not to let Grace 1 cargo be delivered to EU Sanctioned entity. Confusion surrounds the last minute US intervention in the Grace 1 case. The matter came back before the Supreme Court today under the Gibraltar sanctions legislation. Th eSupreme Court seems to have suggested that no application was made (or at least […]

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