Commercial Battle Lost over Brilliante Virtuoso

A number of Lloyd’s insurers have lost a $64.4mn UK Commercial Court battle over a shipping loss that has been linked to the murder of a British loss adjuster. The four-week trial in the UK court related to the loss of the Liberia-registered “MV Brillante Virtuoso” in 2011, following an apparent boarding and attack by pirates off the Somalian coast.

Its then owner, Marshall Island-registered Suez Fortune Investments, claims a fire started by the pirates led to a total constructive loss. There had been rumours that there was something strange about the loss since ship surveyor, Capt David Mockett, was murdered in the Yemen after allegedly finding no bullet holes or rocket propelled grenade damage.