Marine Regulation

The Ashfords Marine, Transport and Logistics Team acts for port and harbour authorities, marina operators, shipping companies, international banks, coastal developers and other marine businesses.

We have an indepth knowledge of the Ports Industry and advise in relation to all aspects of marine regulation, including statutory harbour powers, harbour revision, empowerment and closure orders, harbour and pilotage dues, general directions, harbour directions and byelaws (including prosecutions), removal of vessels and wrecks, harbour works licensing, unsafe port cases and Maritime Safety ("MCA" and "HSE"). 

We are members of the British Ports Association and the UK Harbour Masters' Association.

Relevant Experience
  • Acting for a number of harbour authorities, advising on regulatory matters, including harbour revision orders, statutory harbour powers, harbour directions and byelaws, prosecutions, removal of vessels and wrecks.
  • Advising on harbour and dock related schemes including London Dockland, Bristol and Teeside, Hayle Harbour Cornwall, Hoole Plymouth, Hythe Marina, Osprey Quay Marina and Royal William Yard Plymouth.
  • Advising third party interests arising out of the "Napoli" grounding on the south coast of Devon; dealing with all issues through to the Admiralty Court hearing and protecting substantial interest accordingly.
  • Acting for the pilot of "The Sea Empress" involved in a 70,000 metric tonne spill in Milford Haven and ensuring that all issues were dealt with arising out of owners and/or charterers allegations.
  • Acting for major fishing industry organisation (e.g. North Devon Fisherman Association) and concluding matters with RWE nPower in respect of a £10 billion windfarm development
  • Promotion of the London Dockland Development Corporation Act and associated byelaws.
  • Range of clients on issues arising out of the grounding of the MCS "Napoli". The case had wide ranging implications in the shipping industry.
  • Moorings and houseboat disputes.

Key Contact

Lara Moore

Senior Associate

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+44 (0)1392 333861

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