Fraud in West Africa

A small uninsured reefer ship was arrested at an up river port in West Africa for a USD1.1 million for alleged damage to cargo, which influential local receivers claimed had had to be destroyed by order of the local phytosanitary authority. We deployed to the port and through careful investigation were able to establish that the destruction certificate presented by the receivers was fraudulent and that the cargo had been sold, not destroyed. After forcible representations by one of our associates to the receivers, the claim was settled for a small token face-saving sum and the ship released.


Other Case Studies

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Ship hijack off Somalia

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Releasing hostages in the Gulf of Guinea

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Moving things forward

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Uninsured and delicate situation in Bangladesh

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Civil disorder and threats to a ship’s crew

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Dock damage and political impasse

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Exercising liens

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Deadlock in North Africa

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Cargo claim and crew intimidation

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Closure and quick despatch in the Red Sea

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Feasibility studies

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Loss prevention

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Environmental time bomb