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Collisions with FFO

Mitigating Collision Risks with FFO: Expert Investigations and Support

Collisions with Fixed and Floading Objects (FFOs) can have devastating consequences, causing damage, injuries, and significant financial losses. At GEOMAR, we understand the complexities of maritime claims and are here to support you in the aftermath of such incidents.

Common Causes of FFO and Berth Collisions:

  • Adverse Weather Conditions: Heavy fog, strong winds, and limited visibility can significantly impair navigation and increase the risk of collisions.

  • Outdated or Inaccurate Charts: Failing to use updated charts or relying on charts with navigational errors can lead to miscalculations and grounding incidents.

  • Engine Failures: Mechanical breakdowns can leave vessels vulnerable to drifting and collisions, particularly in busy waterways.

  • Human Error: Inadequate watch keeping, fatigue, or navigational mistakes can contribute to collisions, even in seemingly clear conditions.

Our Post-Collision Support Services:

We offer a comprehensive suite of services to assist you in the critical hours following an FFO collision:


  • Qualified Investigation: Our experienced surveyors will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the incident. We will collect vital evidence, including voyage data recorders (VDRs), VTS Records and witness statements.


  • Prompt Club Notification: We ensure timely communication with your P&I Club, providing with a clear picture of the situation to facilitate swift decision-making and minimize losses.


  • Dispute Assistance: In the event of liability disputes, we can provide expert advice and support to navigate the legal process effectively.


  • Legal Representation: We can assist you in securing qualified maritime lawyers to represent your interests and secure a favorable outcome.


  • Mediation Support: We can guide you through the mediation process, facilitating a constructive dialogue with involved parties to reach a mutually agreeable settlement.


Benefits of Working with Us:

  • Reduced Losses: Prompt action and evidence gathering can minimize financial losses associated with repairs, delays, and potential liabilities.

  • Stronger Legal Position: Our comprehensive investigation and support provide a solid foundation for a successful defense or claim.

  • Streamlined Processes: We guide you through complex legal and insurance procedures, ensuring a smooth and efficient resolution.

  • Peace of Mind: Gain confidence knowing you have a trusted partner by your side, advocating for your interests throughout the process.


Contact GEOMAR today for immediate support and expert guidance. Let us help you mitigate losses and work towards a successful resolution.

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