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Ernest van Buuren


Ernie van Buuren


T:+61 7 3414 2276

Ernest is the Head of Transport and the Head of Shipping in Australia.

Ernest has a strong focus on solutions critical for clients - his strong service mentality is supported by an ability to listen well and grasp key issues in the industry and deliver commercial advice.

Ernest has extensive experience in providing advice on the regulation of shipping in Australia and maritime advice in construction and offshore contracts. He advises offshore oil and gas companies, resource companies, ship owners, freight companies, government agencies and insurers on both the “wet” and “dry” aspects of maritime operations, as well as exporters and financial institutions on international trade matters.

He regularly advises on collisions, groundings and salvage, including the grounding of “Rena” in New Zealand in 2011 and “APL Sydney” damage to pipeline in Melbourne in 2008.

Other areas of maritime law include, dredging contracts, ISPS Code requirements, ship building contracts, drydocking and ship conversation contracts, sale and purchase, personal injuries and seafarers’ compensation, marine pollution, cargo liability claims, charterparty disputes including withdrawal from hire, unsafe port claims, bunker disputes, demurrage and force majeure disputes.