Casualties


TMC provides expert advice to clients on a wide range of marine issues. With over 11,000 cases completed since 1979, a network of offices worldwide and an established international clientele, TMC is a company that you can rely on. Included below is a small selection of photographs taken by our consultants.

RENA

October 2011

RENA

TMC attended the grounding of this container vessel in New Zealand for Owners/P&I to assist with the salvage operation. The grounding site on a reef 3 miles offshore was exposed to the weather, seas & swells making the removal of the containers and the wreck a complex operation.

The vessel broke into two pieces during a storm in late 2011. The initial salvage became a wreck removal in 2012 and efforts at removing the bow section and debris from the seabed continue in close consultation with the New Zealand authorities.

PRESTIGE

Spain – November 2002

PRESTIGE

TMC attended this casualty in November 2002 off the coast of northwest Spain on behalf of Owners/P&I. Following the sinking of the vessel six days after the initial problem, TMC has continued to assist Owners/P&I as the case has progressed through the courts.

VOORTREKKER

South Africa - May 2012

VOORTREKKER

TMC attended the removal of bunkers from this vessel on behalf of Owners/P&I which had started to leak after over 20 years on the seabed off the South African coast. The oil was successfully removed by a contractor following a tender process.

KYLA

Brazil - May 2009

KYLA

TMC attended on behalf of Owners/P&I in connection with damage to KYLA sustained whilst alongside in the port of Santos. TMC subsequently provided expert opinions and technical back-up to this complex case which has resulted in several court hearings in various jurisdictions around the world.

STOLT VALOR

Bahrain - March 2012

STOLT VALOR

This was a complex case where the vessel had suffered an explosion and intense cargo fire which took 8 days to put out. The damage to the midship section of the hull was severe with the two halves connected by only a small section of remaining plating.

TMC attended in order to assist with keeping the two sections afloat and stable. This required removal of the cargo and simultaneous replacement with water in order to keep stresses neutral. Eventually TMC were part of the negotiating team which successfully got the vessel into Bahrain shipyard ASRY, where the two sections have now been cut up. This work is expected to complete in mid-2013.

MSC FLAMINIA

Falmouth - July 2012

MSC FLAMINIA

TMC was appointed as SCR on this casualty after the vessel had suffered a massive explosion followed by fire, during a trans-Atlantic voyage. The casualty was abandoned by the crew and salvors put out the fire after several days.

The disabled vessel was towed to Europe and eventually refuge was granted by the German authorities where the vessel arrived in order to deal with the burnt and damaged containers. TMC assisted Owners/Club with removal of the fire & water damaged cargo, which took some 3 months to complete.

P&S Werften

Stralsund - July 2012

P&S Werften

TMC were instructed by a ship owner with two new-builds at the yard to assist in establishing cost and time over-runs on the project.

OBERON

Taiwan - January 2012

OBERON

TMC attended the grounding of this vessel on behalf of Owners/P&I in Taiwan from initial salvage all the way through to completion of wreck removal by the approved contractors Resolve.

This was a sensitive and complex matter which required 1,000cu.mtrs of highly flammable LPG to be safely transferred to another vessel and the cargo tanks made safe, before removal of the wreck itself could begin. The job was completed to the satisfaction of the local authorities and all parties concerned.

GODAFOSS

Norway - February 2011

GODAFOSS

TMC attended this as SCR for the salvage of this container vessel which had grounded in a fjord in Norway. Oil removal was undertaken and the vessel successfully re-floated within ten days of the incident. Icy conditions made recovery of oil which had leaked out difficult, and this was not able to be completed until the ice melted in Spring 2011.

CHAMAREL

Namibia- August 2012

CHAMAREL

TMC attended the grounding of this cable-laying vessel on the coast of Namibia on behalf of Owners/P&I in September 2012. Salvage was not possible for the vessel in her location and a wreck removal tender was issued and, following tender evaluation, a contract was signed with an approved contractor. The wreck removal itself is expected to be complete by mid-2013.

NEW FLAME

Gibraltar - August 2007

NEW FLAME

TMC attended initially as SCR on this casualty loaded with 42,000mt of scrap steel, which partially sank in the Straits of Gibraltar following a collision with another vessel. Oil was successfully removed in 3 weeks however an attempt at cutting off the bow failed and the contract subsequently changed to wreck-removal.

A second attempt at cutting off the bow failed and the vessel completely sank in a storm in February 2008. Full wreck removal of the vessel and cargo was undertaken thereafter, completing in September 2009 to the satisfaction of the local authorities, to an agreed depth.

FEDRA

Gibraltar - 2008

FEDRA

The FEDRA dragged her anchor, grounded and broke in half under Europa Point lighthouse at the southern tip of Gibraltar. TMC attended on behalf of the Owner’s P&I Club during the removal of the accommodation block and the refloating and tow of the bow section into a Gibraltar shipyard for scrapping. TMC also prepared the invitations to tender and assisted with the technical appraisal of the bidders’ offers for the wreck removal of the remaining engine room section.

Hyundai 105

Indonesia - 2004

Hyundai 105

TMC initially attended to monitor the recovery of bunkers from this car-carrier which suffered a collision and sank in the Singapore Straits in 2004. Subsequently a wreck removal tender was sent out and a contractor chosen for removal of the wreck. Due to beaurocratic delays the work did not commence until 2010 and was completed in late 2012.

HARMONY CRUISES

Korea - 2012

HARMONY CRUISES

TMC were appointed by the P&I club to review the management structure of a Korean company setting up a cruise line for the first time, and advise on its suitability. Subsequently TMC carried out a survey of the ship prior to entering service to ensure that standards on board were in line with industry standards and best practice.

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