CARGO LOSS AND DAMAGE

In our 60 plus year history representing major ocean transportation clients, FHM has successfully handled thousands of claims, litigations, and arbitrations involving virtually every type of ocean borne cargo.  We have an unsurpassed depth of expertise in marine cargo litigation and arbitration including liner claims, containerized shipments, general and specialized cargoes, sophisticated bulk liquid chemical parcels, dry bulk cargoes, exotic cargoes such as blood and blood plasma, refrigerated and perishable commodities, and clean and dirty petroleum trade products.  Our attorneys are recognized experts in the field and have lectured, published articles, testified and presented affidavit evidence as U.S. law experts in foreign court cases and arbitrations on  U.S. law issues relating to carriage of goods matters.

While many cargo losses originate from an isolated incident (i.e. theft, handling damage, inherent vice or defective packaging), such claims are frequently interconnected with major casualties, such as collisions, groundings, sinking’s, fires, explosions and heavy weather. Frequently these cases involve complicated aspects of international conflicts of law, limitation of liability, and multi-jurisdiction litigation.  FHM has unparalleled handling experience in this area including investigation, evidence collection, coordination and management of the full legal spectrum of such major loss cases.