Shipbuilder's risks

Where an accident has occurred or a problem is detected during the construction of a vessel, shipbuilders face reduced cash flow, pressure on profit margins and customer dissatisfaction.

We offer a comprehensive service to help shipbuilders and their insurers ensure that insurance claims are settled speedily and amicably.

Before a casualty

Following a pre-risk survey by our group’s qualified engineers, we can advise on wording of insurance contracts and establish contingency plans.

After a casualty

We will advise on the potential liability of the insurers, analyse the likely problem areas, recommend interim payments and adjust the claim in a clear format according to recognised principles, to ensure prompt settlement.

Our experience enables us to tailor our services to the requirements of an individual yard and the circumstances of a particular claim. We will gain a rapid understanding of a yard’s accounting and operational procedures and liaise closely with a yard’s insurance advisers.

Our job is to ensure that the inevitable disruption to the shipbuilders’ business resulting from a casualty is kept to an absolute minimum. Cash flow will be protected and management time saved.

Key Contacts

Richard Cornah

Tel +44 151 235 5554
Mobile +44 7785 948 830

Oliver Hutchings
Managing Director, Marine

Tel +44 203 320 8885
Mobile +44 791 772 2761

Andrew Slade
Director – Head of Average Adjusting, London

Tel +44 20 7398 5354
Mobile +44 7585 888 454

Amy O'Neill
Managing Director, Liverpool

Tel +44 151 235 5557
Mobile +44 7884 114 178
Email amy.o'

Cory Chow
Managing Director, North Asia

Tel +852 2399 6138
Mobile HK: +852 92664409 China: +86 147-1440-6860

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Introduction to Hull Claims

The nature of ships and the trades they ply gives rise to a wide variety of risks and exposes both the ship itself and those that run them to a multitude of different types of losses. Marine hull insurance, possibly the oldest type of insurance, steps in to combat the effect of these losses, and is a means by which shipowners can manage their risk. This publication gives an initial introduction to marine hull claims, and the role that average adjusters play.