Company History

Mr. Gordon F. Cave Our company was founded in Valparaíso on first October, 1970 by Mr. Gordon F. Cave, a Scotsman from Dundee, as a one-man office. Having been until then the General Manager of one of the larger shipping agencies in Chile, the office was set up as general independent commercial correspondents for a number of P&I Clubs. The exclusive commitment to P&I and other related insurances is one which continues today, providing emergency response and advice to new casualties and claims analysis services (including negotiation and settlement as may be instructed), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The first office was located in Blanco 825. In 1974, we moved down the street to Blanco 725, third floor, where we would stay for just over 10 years. In January 1977, the company became Gordon F. Cave & Cia. Ltda., when Mrs. Cave, also from Dundee, became a partner and assisted in the office as required.

Due to the serious damage suffered by the building as a result of an earthquake in March 1985, the company was forced to move premises in April of that same year to Prat 749, third floor, Office 3A, where we would stay for just under 10 years.

In 1991, after a long illness, our Founder died. At that time, the company changed its name to Cave & Cia. Ltda. and remains so to date. The current partners are Mrs. Lee Cave, Mr. Andrew Cave, Mr. David Cave and Mrs. Ruth Cave Barroilhet, our Founder's wife and three children.

In 1994, as a result of an unprecedented increase in work (and of staff to cope with it), we decided to move into our current premises of Almirante Señoret 70, 11th Floor, Office 111. We hope this office will be our home for many years to come.

The Current Standing

Our office is based in Valparaíso, Chile's main port, in the heart of the shipping district. We also attend to new cases in all of the country's main ports directly or via a network of local shipping agencies with whom we have worked over the years and whom we instruct on a case-to-case basis.

We have a staff of five people apart from the working partners. As part of the company policy, we do not have any surveyors or lawyers on our staff or on any form of retainer in order to ensure the independence of their opinion and counsel. These and other professionals are hired on a case-to-case basis depending on the expertise required. We have developed a good team of claims staff, all trained in-house, to provide the level of service our principals have come to expect.


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