Expert Witness Cases
We are involved with a variety of litigation cases that require us to look at problems in many different ways. Below are some brief summaries of work that we have dealt with.
We were asked to comment on issues raised by instructing solicitors on a matter involving a cargo of gasoil for delivery into Ghana, and give an opinion of the value of the gasoil cargo of oil on board the vessel at the time of receiving instructions.
Between August 1993 and December 1996, 32 cargoes of crude labelled as Iranian Heavy or Gulf of Suez Mix crude oil were supplied to a Romanian oil refiner. Some years later, as the result of a whistle blower, the receiver became aware that the supplier defrauded them by supplying blended crude oils that were of an inferior quality to the contractual grades. The receiver claimed that, had they known that the cargoes supplied were not Iranian Heavy or Gulf of Suez Mix, they would have asked for a substantial discount to the price they agreed to pay for the genuine crude oils.
A ship carrying Iranian crude oil destined for processing in Greece grounded and suffered damage to her hull as a result of trying to avoid a collision with a grounded vessel ahead which had blocked the Suez Canal. During the grounding a quantity of the cargo escaped and as a result the vessel was delayed in proceeding on its journey, finally arriving at its destination 3 months later in December 2006.