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CWA investigates incidents experienced in the international maritime trade of commodities and in industry generally. Investigations can be undertaken forensically onsite after the incident or remotely through the study of the available documentation and evidence, including any existing samples. We also advise in unfolding incidents. We are typically instructed to advise on causation, quantum, mitigation, commercial circumstances, and environmental impact including salvage, disposal, and any business interruption within the four key industry sectors of Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Food & Agricultural Commodities, Metals & Minerals, and Marine & Ports. In this context we work alongside ship owners, cargo interests, charterers, industry, court receivers and salvage companies to minimise exposure and loss.

Track Record

Since 1978 CWA has investigated over 7,000 incidents and has advised on associated claims ranging in value from under $20,000 to over $14 billion.

Experts & Consultants

When the precise nature of a problem is assessed, CWA assigns a qualified experienced expert. Our experts include chemical and mining engineers, petroleum chemists, food scientists, risk analysts, master mariners and cargo surveyors.

The members of our team have extensive knowledge, technical skills and expertise across their respective subject areas and bring to bear their experience of a broad range of geographic locations and diverse cultures.

If appropriate CWA can assign small, integrated and multi-disciplinary teams drawn from across our departments.

CWA Experts & Consultants

CWA Departments

CWA is unique in the depth of expertise we offer for the technical investigation of loss and damage incidents and the analysis of claims arising from the international maritime trade.

CWA deals with problems encountered with a wide range of commodities including food and other agricultural products, metals, minerals, oils, gases and chemicals. In addition we advise on marine casualties including fires.

Our departments possess detailed knowledge of all aspects of their respective industries including technical, scientific, logistical, commercial and market factors to advise on causation, quantum, mitigation, and environmental impact.

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