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Lifting Arrest of vessels & dealing with Customs Fines

Arrest of vessels cost money to the Owner. Our aim is to do everything we can to lift up the arrest as soon as possible.


Arresting a vessel is generally the strategy followed by cargo insurers to secure their claim. Experience shows that this usually happen on a Friday afternoon, willing to stress the Owners and the P&I Club.

We have gained a vast experience in lifting up arrest of vessel. Our team is well aware of the time aspect and will do their utmost to release the ship and avoid delay.

Once the parties involved have been clearly identified, our aim will be to convince claimants to accept a Club Letter of Guarantee instead of a Bank Guarantee. Then we will negotiate the amount and the terms of the LOG.

Most of the time the cargo insurers and their recovery agents will be based in Europe. Our French team, in constant liaison with our local team, will smooth down the negotiations with all parties involved and make sure to conclude the best deal for the Owners. In Africa this kind of sensitive cases can quickly become out of hands and very expensive for all parties. Our long experience in dealing with such cases will help owners and Clubs to avoid time and money.

Our local knowledge proves to be an invaluable asset.

The BUDD Group shipping in Africa

Another frequent case is the customs fines. All countries customs authority will strictly apply the law as this is a way to earn easy money. Masters are well aware of this. We will help in the negotiations with the customs authority, fight against unreasonable fines, reduce the others.

Our team is well aware of the time aspect and will do their utmost to release the ship and avoid delay.



BUDD S.A.
7, rue Bailli de Suffren - 13001 Marseilles / France
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