About Seafacs Information and Research®

Tony Powell

Tony Powellafter training as a Barrister, Tony’s career has been in marine insurance claims. Before establishing Seafacs he was Head of Claims for a major P&I Club in the UK.

Alex Powell

Alex has a degree in Chemistry and postgraduate qualifications in Information Science.


“We were trying to ascertain historical values of a commodity to negotiate a claim. It was proving difficult to obtain this information, especially because it related to cargo sold four years ago. The information provided by Seafacs was concise, accurate and assisted us in achieving the desired result”P&I 2016
“Seafacs was requested to obtain information about scrap metal values. The P&I Club said the information supplied was invaluable and helped close a very difficult claim at a reduced level”P&I 2016
Seafacs was asked to find a VDR expert. The expert we suggested was described by the Club as competent in providing crucial information from which to assess liability. – (P&I – 2015)
Seafacs was asked to provide information concerning the second-hand value of industrial equipment. The information supplied by Seafacs was well below the amount claimed. The Club said the information “more than met our requirements.” – (P&I – 2014)

“Throughout six years of cooperation with Seafacs, all information re commodities’ values was provided promptly and at a reasonable cost. Our clients who are worldwide reputable salvors and ship-owners have been pleased with the results of the work based on Seafacs’ information. In my experience, I would happily describe the information provided as accurate, quick and cost effective.”(Lawyer 2013)

“We needed to instruct an expert on an urgent basis and (Seafacs) came back to us the same day. They were also very good at dealing with follow-up queries. Overall a very positive experience.” – (Lawyer)

In a claim for damage to tank containers, the P&I Club wrote “on the basis of your expert’s advice my Members have … avoided the claim but for legal/survey fees incurred.” – (P&I)
“The claim originally put in was for $185,000…Based on the figures you gave me we managed to push claimants in to settling at US$45,000, which was in line with the figure that you had given me plus a discount for settling rather than litigating. It was therefore extremely useful to have your help in this matter” – (P&I)
“I…use Seafacs…when we’ve reached a dead end and (Seafacs) get us out of it every time. (They have) found us a couple of experts who are excellent.” – (Lawyer)
“I have sent your comments to Members along with a recommendation to employ you in future if we have an issue over the value of the claim.” – (P&I)
The expert Seafacs found reported, “From the information at my disposal, it appears that the…damaged (equipment) in the alleged incident was in any event obsolete and beyond the end of what would normally be considered its operational life.” – (P&I)
Re the expert introduced to us by Seafacs. “We formally instructed (him)… on a complex…dispute and we highly recommend his services / expertise.” – (Lawyer)
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