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Pollution

Maritime accidents are never welcome. When things do go wrong at sea, one of the biggest concerns, once the crew and passengers are safe, is the threat of pollution. If oil leaks from your ship and pollutes pristine beaches or marine life, the consequences can be very serious. The incident needs to be managed effectively, or it can spell disaster for everyone involved.

24 hour emergency response hotline: +44 (0)20 7283 6999.

If the worst happens and your ship is involved in a pollution incident, how can you protect your interests?

From day one you will need an experienced legal team to guide you through the situation. Every case is different. Our decades of experience handling landmark, high profile cases make all the difference when the worst happens and time is vital.

The decisions you and others make in the first few hours and days after a casualty will have a long-term impact on every aspect of the case. Key considerations include:

  • Minimising damage to the environment
  • Selecting the right experts
  • Mobilising the right personnel and equipment
  • Potential criminal charges
  • Your business relationships
  • Your reputation
  • The cost of resolving the situation

So you really need to get it right – from the very beginning – and not leave the outcome to chance.

We are proud of our reputation for providing practical advice following pollution incidents. Each case brings new challenges, and we work hard to help you protect your crew, reputation and ship. We will guide you calmly and seamlessly through what can be a time of major stress and disruption.

Pollution incidents are front page news. We can help you deal with the media, assist your crew who will be in a vulnerable situation and liaise with local authorities and salvors. You can rest assured that we will strive to protect your interests and reduce any damaging consequences.

We have worked on most of the major pollution cases in the last 50 years. The cases range from extensive oil spills to those involving wreck removal, places of refuge, regulatory issues and pollution by bunker fuel. Just for example, we advised on the Prestige and Rena pollution casualties. 

But prevention is better than cure. We can help with your questions on preventing pollution and the regulations you need to know about when owning or operating ships. We have provided advice to the Comité Maritime International (CMI), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Group of P&I Clubs in the development of new international laws, which have followed in the wake of major cases.

For more information get in touch with Harry Hirst as we would be delighted to meet you to tell you more.

If it is already too late then our 24 hour hotline to our emergency response team can be contacted on +44 (0)20 7283 6999.

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