ABL Group’s maritime legacy lies in its ancestor’s promise, the Salvage Association’s commitment to ‘Quaerite Vera’ – to always ‘seek the truth’ as an independent third-party inspector and consultant, to investigate and report on all aspects of marine incidents. We have a long and established track record of working on behalf of P&I Clubs in investigating P&I-related matters. We also bring experience in all types of vessels, from small pleasure craft to large commercial vessels, container ships, VLCC, bulkers, superyachts etc., as well as other marine structures and assets, including docks, cranes, and other port infrastructure.
World-leading marine casualty investigation for P&I clubs
ABL Group surveyors and consultants have knowledge of all P&I-related matters:
- Cargo issues (liquid cargo quality/quantity, liquefaction, container loss)
- Personal injury
- Wreck removal
On-site, we will initially provide support and assistance to the master and owners at a time which is often their first experience of an accident. We then ensure we provide the club with essential information captured in a quick report format so that the claims handler can take the correct immediate actions to protect their members – for example, by engaging lawyers or salvors.
Once the situation is stabilised, we will carry out a thorough investigation. We will collect contemporaneous evidence, both electronic and paper-based, and if required, take statements from the crew in a legal format.
We will facilitate reciprocal ‘without prejudice’ surveys in order to record the damage and estimate repair costs. We will liaise with the opposing interests to continue inspections and record progress as the vessels are being repaired.
Once back in the office, if it proves necessary to obtain further data to support the investigation of causation, we can source third-party information, such as from AIS and VTIS and create 2D and 3D replays as necessary.