InterManager is trying to battle a phalanx of "ambulance chasing" lawyers in the Philippines who are taking cuts of death and accident payouts to seafarers' families.

The effort by the ship-management association come as sources told TradeWinds that a family pursuing a claim could be entitled to $100,000 for death in service under a vessel's collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

But an ambulance-chasing lawyer will find the family and tell them they need legal representation to get the best deal.