By: 18 December 2019
Andrew Jackson advises on vessel acquisition for Extreme E off-road racing series

Andrew Jackson Solicitors has advised the company behind the Extreme E off-road racing series on the acquisition of a multi-million pound vessel.

The St Helena, which is being transformed into a state-of-the-art carrier, will be used as the main hub and operations paddock in the new Extreme E series, as well as transporting the motorsport’s electric-powered cars and racing teams around the world.

Dominic Ward, partner and head of shipping and transport at Andrew Jackson, along with paralegal Rebecca Hardy, advised St Helena LLP on the purchase of the 6,767-tonne (gross) vessel, which was previously used to transport armed guards to protect international fishing and shipping vessels from the threat of piracy activity off the coast of Somalia, Africa.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ward said: “We are delighted to have provided legal advice to our client on this significant purchase, which was completed within a tight deadline and involved changing the vessel’s flag.”

“We’re also very pleased to have been involved in this exciting project, which highlights the development of electric vehicles as part of the solution to the issue of climate change.”

The Extreme E series was launched beside Tower Bridge in London in January 2019 and is due to commence in January 2021.

In June, the shipping and transport team at Andrew Jackson advised marine firm SMS Towage on its acquisition of a £5 million tug.