Acquittal for China Resources Logistics in criminal proceedings following container terminal incident


Ince & Co achieved significant victory in successfully defending criminal charges against China Resources Logistics Co., Ltd., a major integrated logistics service provider in Hong Kong and a member of the conglomerate China Resources Group.

The prosecution arose out of a widely-reported incident in 2015 in which a front loader engaged to carry out container stacking operation collapsed at China Resources’ containers terminal in Hong Kong, resulting in the total loss of the front loader and substantial loss and damage to cargoes contained in a number of containers at the terminal which all fell into the sea, as well as personal injuries to the operator.

The incident gave rise to both criminal prosecution by the Hong Kong Government and a series of cargo claims by the relevant carriers of the cargoes and different cargo owners. The team acted for China Resources Logistics and their insurers in defending the criminal charges, as well as the related property losses and cargo claims. After a trial held in May and June, the team successfully concluded the criminal proceedings with triumph and China Resources Logistics were acquitted from charges under all criminal summonses. The civil proceedings are still on-going.

Led by Rosita Lau (Picture), the team also includes Simon Cheng (Senior Associate, Hong Kong), Joanna Au (Associate, Hong Kong), and Vincent Zhang (Paralegal, Hong Kong).

Involved fees earner: Rosita Lau – Ince & Co; Simon Cheng – Ince & Co; Joanna Au – Ince & Co;

Law Firms: Ince & Co;

Clients: China Resources Logistics;

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Author: Michael Patrini