A ship agent in the Far East arranged for a boat to deliver spare parts to a ship. Unfortunately while attempting to deliver the spare parts the small launch partially capsized and the heavy parts were lost overboard.
The boat owner did not have insurance or resources to cover the cost of the
spares. The ship owner blamed the agent for selecting an inadequate service provider. Although the agent was able to say that they had previously arranged bookings with the same local boat owner the services provided had been in relation to the disembarkation of small numbers of crew. It was apparent however that the agent could be criticised for selecting the same boat for the delivery of heavy spares.
The agent agreed to contribute to the owners losses and was reimbursed by ITIC.