solving problems & getting your vessel sailing

Specialist Chemical Tanker Lawyers


Reliable, Transparent & Effective

RR&CO are English Maritime Solicitors specialising in resolving disputes and solving legal and practical problems for chemical and product tanker owners and their insurers. We have focused on product and chemical tankers, their coatings, stainless steels and the intricacies of the chemical parcel trade for over 35 years.

We provide a wrap-around, cradle to grave service for shipowners and charterers assisting with newbuilding or ship purchase contracts, charterparty and bill of lading wordings, defending cargo contamination and shortage claims, damage to ships' tanks caused by cargo or overpressure, collision and salvage claims, bunker quality disputes, demurrage and freight collection, through to ship sale and scrapping contracts.

We have accumulated a wealth of knowledge in this specialist area and focus upon carriage of liquid cargoes in sophisticated vessels:

The Ships: All IMO I, II & III vessels

The Coatings: Epoxy, Zinc, Marine Line, Interline 9001, Rubber or PTFE

The Stainless Steels: Solid or clad whether 316L, 316LN, Duplex 2205, 317L or 317LN

Chemical Cargoes: The 200 commonly carried chemicals from the most aggressive (principally acids but also strong alkaline solutions), particularly at elevated temperatures through to Easy Chems, CPP, DPP, vegetable and animal oils and liquified gas cargoes.

We are the first port of call of shipowners, charterers and their P&I club and H&M underwriters. Early involvement is essential to give you the right advice from day one.

We have built a team of the leading specialists in all relevant fields from chemistry, tank cleaning, stainless steel corrosion to international cargo buyers, salvage sale and cargo blending and mitigation, as well as our worldwide network of contacts at chartering and operations brokers.

We bring in the right team to solve your problem quickly.

Cargo contaminations feature highly in our work-load, we are the solicitors of choice to defend such claims, whether instructed directly by the shipowner/charterer or their P&I Club. Tankers are very special vessels, often carrying toxic, flammable and dangerous cargoes and with our casualty surveyors on site, we can assist in all forms of casualties: collisions, allisions and salvage claims.

We specialise in resolving urgent matters: contaminated cargoes that will not be accepted, vessel’s tanks being rejected at load port, threatened termination/off-hire/deductions, as well as more serious damage to ship’s tanks where we organise the optimum most cost-effective repairs and seek full recovery from Charterers/Shippers. We liaise with all involved contractual counterparties and bring everyone together for a resolution to the problem thereby reducing your liability exposure. We draft notices of abandonment, assignments, onwards sales contracts, R&Rs, B/Ls and ‘wrap up’ liability agreements in order to get the solution to the issue and your vessel sailing.

We take a very commercial and efficient approach.

We help you avoid lengthy and expensive Arbitration and Litigation and get you the best commercial deal at lowest possible cost.




➤ location

The Shard
24th Floor



+44 (0) 203 457 0791


If the legal fees exceed the quantum of the case, usually something has gone wrong.
— Russell Ridley, Head of law


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Use the form below to contact us regarding your legal enquiry. Please be as detailed as possible. Include the vessel name along with the names of any specific related parties. To help us best service your instruction, kindly describe the key facts in the dispute you are dealing with. You may also email or call us directly to discuss.

For job opportunities, please email your resume to us. We’re always looking for new and exceptional talent to join our specialised team.

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