Marine/Seafarers Compensation

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Resolving marine and seafarers compensation claims and recoveries

McCabes provides legal services to a number of insurers, successfully acting in and commercially resolving marine and seafarers compensation claims and recoveries.

We assist insurers across a wide range of claims, involving leisure craft, marine hull, marine liability (including injury), ship builders and repairers’ liability, recovery of repair costs arising out of negligent work performed on vessels, cargo, surface freight, recovery of repair costs to marine infrastructure against ship owners/ operators, advising on policy coverage and indemnity and commercial fishing catch losses.

Our team has developed excellent working relationships with expert marine surveyors, engineers and assessors and work in collaboration with them to ensure that all necessary information, documentation and other evidence relevant to the claim are identified, investigated and reported on at the earliest reasonable opportunity to avoid any unnecessary delays in claims.

Our marine and seafarers compensation team have built strong relationships with industry affiliations, such as Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL), Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ), Seacare Authority and Ports Australia. These relationships complemented with our industry knowledge allow our experts to achieve an optimal result for our clients.


  • Indemnity disputes
  • Policy drafting
  • Insolvency disputes
  • Recoveries
  • Maintenance and repair contracts
  • Income support benefits
  • Seacare scheme
  • Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
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