Name: Mike Patterson
Jurisdiction: South Africa
Practice Area: Marine & Cargo Surveying Services

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Professional Biography:

Mike Patterson formed Patterson & Associates at the end of 1989 in South Africa. Today we have offices in Durban and Johannesburg (SA) and also in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The object was to provide the local and international marine insurance industry, importers and exporters, Port Authorities and local and international Maritime Law Firms with a specialised marine surveying, loss adjusting, risk assessment and investigative service.

Today the company represents a wide range of clients worldwide.

For example We are survey agents and representative surveyors for local and international Insurers/ insurance brokers and maritime law firms in Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, USA, Australia and the Far East.

Our survey and investigative work is generally performed through Southern African countries also in East Africa and including Indian Ocean Countries i.e. Madagascar/Mauritius/Seychelles Reunion etc.

We have also conducted survey work on behalf of International Clients in places as far afield as Brazil, India, Vietnam, Oman, Hong Kong and Singapore etc.

Our regional footprint is in Southern Africa and we accordingly have offices in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg (South Africa), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Lusaka (Zambia); these offices allow us to cover investigations in all Southern African countries and further afield as and when required.

Our Services:

  • Marine insurance claim investigations/surveys pertaining to containerised cargo/break-bulk cargo/dry and liquid bulk cargo etc.
  • Marine cargo surveys i.e. condition/verification/quality and quantity.
  • Loading and discharge supervision of high value/high volume/high risk cargo.
  • Pre-shipment condition/quantity/status surveys.
  • Cargo tally and monitoring.
  • Project cargos.
  • Stock throughput claims.
  • Warehouse claims i.e. theft/fire damage/water damage etc.
  • Storage risk assessments.
  • Derailments.
  • Cargo truck hi-jackings.
  • Tracing & Recoveries.
  • Arbitrations concerning sales contract claims falling outside the scope of marine cargo insurance cover.