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Subsea cables: Preventing and minimising claims against fishing vessels

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Over the past two years, the Club has seen eight damage to property claims allegedly caused by the snagging of fishing gear on subsea cables. Although the number of claims is reasonably low, due to the nature of the property suffering damage, the quantum of such claims is invariably high, sometimes reaching into the millions of dollars.

In our latest Loss Prevention article, Nicholas Kazaz, international commercial dispute resolution lawyer at law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) explains the risks for fishing vessels and what advance steps ship owners should take to minimise risk of cable damage.

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