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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex Street
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

11/10/2011

Acergy Shipping Limited v Sobrena

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In 2010 the “Acergy Falcon”, a sophisticated pipe-laying vessel used for oil and gas exploration, suffered at serious fire while in drydock for repairs at Brest. The fire took place in the “carousel” hold, which contained a “carousel”, a sort of drum from which undersea pipes could be unwound. The fire was said to have caused loss of more than €50m.


The shipowner, Acergy, sued the shiprepair company, the Société Bretonne de Reparation Navale (“Sobrena”) to recover for the damage suffered. Both parties alleged the fire was the other party’s fault. On 6 October 2011, Mr Justice David Steel determined preliminary issues in Sobrena’s favour. He held that, irrespective of fault, the interlocking indemnity provisions in the shiprepair contract meant that Sobrena was only liable to indemnify Acergy in respect of the damage to the Works it was doing or had done, and that it did not have to indemnify Acergy in respect of the damage to the vessel as a whole, or in respect of the damage to the carousel. Responsibility for damage to the vessel was governed by Article 10.2, which imposed responsibility on Acergy.


Sobrena was represented by Thomas Raphael.

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