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  • Harry Hirst

    Harry Hirst
    Partner and Master Mariner, Singapore


    T. +65 6538 6660
    D. +65 6305 9080

Harry has been practising in Asia for over 25 years and is widely regarded as one of the best shipping and admiralty specialists in the region. He combines a wealth of legal expertise with his experience of being a deck officer on tankers to provide clients with high quality and practical advice. His relocation from Hong Kong to Singapore demonstrates the firm’s commitment to this increasingly important maritime hub.

Harry has more than twenty five years’ experience advising ship owners, P&I Clubs and hull underwriters on their maritime casualties. A former Deck Officer on tankers ranging from 3,000 to 300,000 tonnes deadweight with Mobil Shipping Company, he speaks and understands the language of mariners and those involved in the industry. He has a holistic understanding of maritime operations and marine investigations.

He specialises in all aspects of maritime casualties involving collision; salvage, total loss and wreck removal; pollution; fire and explosion; cargo shift, loss and damage; and general average. He has been involved in several of the most serious maritime incidents in Asia.

Work highlights:

Twenty-five years of practise in this field cannot be described in every detail but notable recent highlights have included acting in the following cases:

  • ALNIC MC collision with the US John S. McCain, off Singapore which sparked a massive search at sea
  • The Hebei Spirit in Korea, described as one of South Korea's worst oil spills ever.
  • Ocean Victory, one of the largest unsafe port claims of recent times.
  • The Neftegaz 67 /Yao Hai, a major collision in Hong Kong waters involving complex issues of causation and multiple crew fatalities. 
  • The Trans Summer, the sinking of a cargo ship in typhoon hit waters off Hong Kong. 
  • Pasha Bulker, a high-profile grounding off New South Wales, Australia.

Legal Directory Quotes

Sources agree that “he is "an extremely experienced guy" who is "well regarded in shipping circles." Chambers Asia 
Described by one source as "a good guy to deal with."  Chambers Asia 


Lauded as "one of the very few real specialists in admiralty work”

Professional Associations & Memberships

>  Law Society of England and Wales

>  Fellow of the Nautical Institute 

What you may not know about Harry

Harry is a keen sailor and owns a Colin Archer steel ketch


Chambers Asia – Singapore – Shipping International (Litigation): Band 1 recognition for 2017-2019

Education (University):
University of London. Sir John Moore University, Liverpool.