London Fischer LLP represents marine insurers and numerous businesses in the maritime industry. We represent hull interests in the blue water, brown water and energy area of specialization. We regularly handle cargo matters for subrogation recovery and in defense of cargo claims. Our maritime department specializes in charter party disputes, personal injury claims, marine product liability claims, marine surveyor claims, navigation claims and all forms of marine insurance coverage disputes.
Our maritime department consists of partners who were merchant marine officers and product design engineers. We possess a deep technical knowledge of marine navigation and engineering.
We litigate maritime disputes in all federal and state courts throughout the United States. We also arbitrate and mediate maritime matters in jurisdictions around the world.
We successfully defend shipowners in high value cargo damage cases. Attached is a victory we achieved for a shipowner arising out of losses sustained in a reefer container.
Our cargo cases include defending ship agencies. In Seanto Exports v. United Arab Agencies, we successfully defeated the consignee's allegations of lack of due care by a local husbanding agency.
We protect shipowners by enforcing per package limitations in high value matters. The case of American Home Assurance v. M/V TABUK involved a dispute concerning a container of anti-tank missiles lost at sea. The cargo insurer attempted to argue that the carrier deviated from the contract of carriage because of the on-deck storage of the container and was not entitled to the benefit of the $500 per-package statutory limitation of liability. The value of the missiles was $2.5 million, whereas the statutory limitation was $50,000. We successfully defended the limitation of liability limiting recovery to only $50,000.
Energy industry hull expertise is demonstrated by the attached Court of Appeals Decision in Mentor Insurance Company v. Norges Brannkasse, et al., This matter involved our successful resolution of technical issues of constructive total loss of the jack-up oil rig OCEAN CHAMPION which sank off the coast of Egypt.
Blue water/Brown water hull specialization is illustrated by the Case of Water Transport v. Boston Towing This case involved the sinking and stranding of two inland barges off the southeastern coast of the United States. Issues resolved in our client's favor included maritime product failures, violation of navigational limitations and technical towage issues.