Investigation of fires and explosions on ships and cargo is an area of specialism at Zetetech. With considerable international experience in maritime incidents, we understand the shipping environment and the requirements and politics of operating in the field of maritime insurance and law. We have successfully investigated incidents aboard vessels around the world, including cases which attracted considerable global media attention. Our team have been appointed to investigate incidents on various types of vessel including container ships, car carriers, tankers, tugs, vehicle and passenger ferries (RoRo), bulk carriers, heavy lift vessels, private yachts, drilling rigs and semi submersibles.
Shipping cases take high priority at Zetetech, and our skilled investigators can be en route to an incident within hours of being appointed. Movement of cargo, docking issues, financial penalties, safety of crew, interviewing crew before they move on – we know time is of the essence in these incidents. Tact and diplomacy, along with an appreciation of different nationalities and culture come into play when interviewing crew, who as vital witnesses in these cases, have experienced demanding and often traumatic events.
Our detailed reports, well documented evidence and thorough photographic records ensure that our team can be reliably called on to act as expert court witnesses on behalf of our clients. Previous ships cases include fires and explosions involving engine rooms, machinery spaces, accommodation and cargoes on behalf of owners, charterers and sub-charterers.