TMC was pleased to be appointed in January 2018 to assist the Shanghai Salvage Company in the difficult and dangerous attempted salvage operation of the tanker before it sank and is continuing to provide technical assistance in connection with the ongoing work on the seabed.
TMC were appointed by Steamship Mutual P&I Club in April 2017 on behalf of the ship owner to investigate the cause of the loss of the VLOC Stellar Daisy and the reason for a hull crack recently found in the hull of the VLOC Stellar Unicorn. TMC continues to provide technical assistance on behalf of the vessel’s P&I insurers in connection with the tragic loss of this vessel
The removal of the grounded containership KEA TRADER from Durand Reef in New Caledonia has entered a new phase of operations. The selected contractor, Shanghai Salvage (SSC) has taken over the removal operations of the wreck from Ardent in early April. SSC have arrived into New Caledonia in late March, with both their onshore and offshore salvage teams, floating assets, and salvage gear. Initial surveys of the condition of the wreck and worksite have begun.
TMC continues to be in attendance as Owner’s and P&I Club representative and continues to liaise with the local authorities and SSC for a successful wreck removal and return of the reef to its original state.
TMC are acting as weight control surveyors during the drydock of CARNIVAL ELATION in Freeport, Bahamas. As hurricane IRMA approached the area, TMC contributed calculations for the difference in lightweight the large renovation project incurred. With the vessel high and dry, draughts cannot be read and so the changes in weight have to be estimated and closely tracked. On 7 September, ELATION, with the TMC surveyor onboard, sailed to avoid the hurricane with draught readings that exactly matched the estimates, and very good stability. After four days spent sailing northeast of Cuba, she was back in the drydock, with work continuing and TMC on site to advise on the final lightweight.
Charles joined us in July 2017 as a Consultant Naval Architect based in Singapore after spending more than 15 years in a reputable marine consultancy and ship classification society (IACS member).
He has extensive experience in hull & machinery damage surveys, vessel damage assessments and marine accident investigations. Having done a wide spectrum of surveys and assessments, he has intimate knowledge on a wide range of marine vehicles, fixed and floating offshore units. He regularly prepares reports and assists ship owners, underwriters, loss adjustors and lawyers in legal liability & dispute cases. He has working experiences across multiple countries within the Asia Pacific region.
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TMC attended the 2nd Asian Marine Casualty Forum at the Raffles Convention Centre in Singapore on 27th and 28th April 2017. The two-day event, coinciding with the annual Singapore Maritime Week, was a huge success with a large turnout of speakers, delegates and media. TMC were one of the more than forty sponsors that contributed to this free to attend event organised by London Offshore Consultants.
The opening presentation of the Forum was given jointly by TMC’s Technical Director, Colin Barker, and LOC’s Engineering Director, Paris Mangriotis. The presentation, Risk Mitigation in Wreck Removal, discussed the use of qualitative and quantitative risk analyses in wreck removal operations. The presentation provoked discussion regarding the use of quantitative risk analyses in some recent notable wreck removal contracts to assist with determining contract fixed pricing and the deletion of Clause 4 (change of method of work) and 7 (delays due to weather and equipment breakdown) from the standard BIMCO Contracts. This practice has become of increasing importance with the 2016 review by the International Group of P&I Clubs large casualty working group emphasizing the ‘need for clubs to be keenly focused on ensuring adequate and effective risk transfer mechanisms in contractual terms of engagement’.
TMC has been appointed by Steamship Mutual P&I Club on behalf of the ship owner to investigate the cause of the loss of the VLOC Stellar Daisy and the reason for a hull crack recently found in the hull of the VLOC Stellar Unicorn.
On 4 April 2017, whilst the MSC DANIELA was proceeding off Colombo, Sri Lanka on passage from Singapore to European ports via Suez Canal, a fire broke out in the deck containers stowed on board. TMC has been appointed by Maersk Line / Gard P&I to deal with the distressed cargo management related to several hundred containers, which are presently being discharged in Sri Lanka.
TMC Marine, Bureau Veritas and the London P&I Club, have jointly cooperated to produce a booklet providing operational guidance for vessels that carry cargoes which may liquefy.
The purpose of this booklet is to provide general guidance and practical advice to masters, ship owners, shippers and charterers on the loading and the carriage of bulk cargoes which may liquefy, the risks associated with liquefaction and the precautions that can be taken to minimize these risks. It is not intended to replace IMO regulations and guidance notes or documentation forming part of a vessel’s safety management system; the guidance is a practical tool for all involved in the trade of such cargoes.
TMC are very pleased to have applied their long experience of investigating shipping casualties to this worthwhile project, and look forward to further such cooperation in the future. The booklet can be downloaded from: