Edmund Greiner



B.Sc (Honours – Physical Oceanography and Atmospheric Science), LLB (University of Cape Town), Notary Public

Specialisations and Interests:

Edmund is the lead maritime litigation specialist in Shepstone & Wylie’s Cape Town office.

Edmund joined Shepstone & Wylie as an associate in 2000. He has always had an interest in maritime matters, having obtained a BSC honours degree in physical oceanography (prior to completing his LLB), during which time he served as a scientist on board the South African research ship, the MV Agulhas.

Ed’s practice encompasses both “wet” and “dry” work. Edmund has dealt with significant maritime casualties off the South African Coast including:

  • The MV Kiani Satu, a container vessel that ran aground off Buffalo Bay in August of 2013 – Ed represented the owners of the vessel
  • The MT Marlin that was salvaged off the coast of Port Elizabeth in December 2012 – Ed represented the owners of the vessel
  • The MV Panos Earth that was towed into False Bay following a main engine breakdown off the southern coast of Africa – Ed represented salvors SMIT in ultimately applying for and obtaining the sale of the vessel
  • The collision between the Sarduana and Orionis near the port of Cape Town in 2011 – Ed represented the owner of the Sarduana
  • The MV Boundary which suffered engine failure due to a catastrophic fire in the engine room off the South African coast in 2010, – Ed represented the owner and their P & I Club
  • The Alina II in the port of the Saldahna in 2010
  • The grounding and wreck of the Seli I in Table Bay during September 2009
  • The sinking of the MV Ioannis NK some 100 nautical miles south off the coast of Saldahna Bay in July 2009
  • MV Cape Africa and the MV Shinkai Meru salvaged off the South African coast in 2002
  • Casualties in Namibia and Angola on behalf of P & I Clubs

Ed advises the South African Maritime Safety Authority on issues relating to marine pollution and wreck removal and he represented SAMSA in this regard, in relation to:

  • The stranding of the MV Eihatsu Meru that ran aground on Clifton Beach in 2012
  • The MV Hector that sought refuge in False Bay in May 2010 and was subsequently sold by SAMSA
  • TMV Pafuri that ran aground off Port Nolloth in September 2008

Ed is extensively involved in admiralty litigation encompassing both to the enforcement of maritime claims in South Africa and the arrest of property to obtain security for foreign proceedings by way of associated ship arrests, the arrest of bunkers and other maritime property. Ed has been involved in the seminal decisions of the MV Elephant, in relation to associated ship arrests, the MV Ioannis NK and the MV Boundary in respect of access to vessels and their crew consequent upon major maritime casualties.

Ed has an extensive commercial practice advising international traders on the shipment of various types of cargo, including specialised reefer cargo and the drawing up of specialised contracts of affreightment, as well as standard charter parties. Ed advises service providers to the oil and gas industry on issues including inter alia the supply of specialized equipment, dive support vessels, and services. These service providers include Blue Water Energy Services, Fugro, SMIT and Harkand Iremis. Ed represented Blue Water Energy Services in respect of a contract with PetroSA for the provision of a floating production storage and off-take facility, the Glass Door.

Ed has lectured at the University of Cape Town’s Shipping Law Masters Programme on aspects of carriage of law and admiralty jurisdiction.

Edmund is the president of the national Maritime Law Association and the Cape Chapter of the Association, and is a member of the national executive committee of the Association. As such, Ed is involved in considering and drafting Maritime Legislation in South Africa.

Knowledge and Insights by Edmund Greiner: