ARTICLE- Product Carrier Cargo Loss Prevention
TMC Rena Update- April 2017
On 5th October 2011 the 3351 the containership RENA grounded on the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. TMC surveyors attended the RENA salvage and wreck reduction operations in Tauranga as the technical and on site representatives for the Owner and their P&I Club since the 2011 grounding. During that time the operation has transitioned through the operational phases of emergency response, wreck reduction including debris removal and target cargo recovery through that of legal argument. The operation phase was completed on 5th April 2016, exactly four and half years after the grounding and resulted in the removed all the debris from wreck and cargo. This has facilitated the regeneration and recovery of the reef’s flora and fauna. Apart from supervising the operational aspects, TMC played an important role in the owner’s RENA Project Team.
The team’s primary task was the preparation of the Resource Consent Application to the New Zealand Environment Court to leave the remains of the wreck in situ. The Project team also liaised with the government, community and Maori tribal groups. This enabled a broader understanding of the complexity and difficulty of the offshore operations whilst in return; the team garnered an appreciation of the wreck’s consequences on cultural values. TMC’s role also involved the development and implementation of the scientific environmental sampling program, Wreck Access Plan and the Volunteer Coast Guard’s “Reef Watch”. These programs facilitated the smooth and safe transition of the Astrolabe reef and RENA wreck from an industrial work site to one of community amenity. In March 2017, TMC Directors Colin Barker (Naval Architecture and Master Mariner) and Captain Roger King (Master Mariner) provided expert evidence in the Environment Court hearing before Judges Smith and Fox. The Environment Court hearing was brought about by the appeal of a small number of parties dissatisfied with the 2016 decision handed down by the Regional Council Hearing granting consent to leave the remains of the wreck in situ. The latest judgement is due to be handed down by July 2017.
TMC Attend Asian Marine Casualty Forum – April 2017
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’.
SEWOL – Successful Recovery
TMC continued with their on-going assistance to MOF (Korean Ministry of Oceans & Fisheries) in their recovery of the hull of SEWOL in one piece, and on 23 March 2017 in good weather conditions and near neap tidal strengths, the contractors SSC (Shanghai Salvage) successfully completed the side-lift of SEWOL to the surface using 2 x lift barges fitted out with 66 x 350t strand-jack units attached to 33 x underside beams. In a delicate operation which took over 27 hours to complete the ascent to the surface went smoothly.
Once on the surface at the designed 60% emerged position (13.5m above water), drainage of the hull took place in order to reduce weight. The following day on the 24th of March, with the good weather continuing, the convoy of barges + SEWOL were gently towed by a flotilla of 7 x tugs and floated over the 72,000t semi-sub vessel WHITE MARLIN some 3 miles away. Once in position, WHITE MARLIN de-ballasted to the design position and gradually took the weight of SEWOL. By 2353hrs on the 24th of March, the full weight of SEWOL was on the semi-sub vessel. When fully de-ballasted the strand-jack wires were dis-connected and the barges departed.
Several days were spent draining the water and mud from the hull of SEWOL, in total several thousands of tonnes were drained. On 31st March 2017 arrangements were completed in Mokpo New Port and SEWOL, loaded on the deck of WHITE MARLIN, made her way through the islands of South-west Korea to her allocated berth. SEWOL arrived alongside where the Families of the deceased were waiting to greet the vessel.
On the 9th of April, 600 axles of trailers for load-in of SEWOL to the quayside at Mokpo new port were arranged and the hull successfully delivered on to the quayside, thus completing the delivery of the hull in a single piece, as required by the Korean authorities.
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.
Reducing the risk of liquefaction – new guidance
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:
Two more SCR’s for TMC
TMC is delighted to announce that Marcus Cave and Kevin Sibley have been appointed to the Lloyd’s Panel of Special Casualty Representatives (SCR), as of 1st January 2017.
These appointments, in addition to the two established SCR’s Stephen Tierney and Colin Barker, strengthens TMC’s capability and availability to respond to Clients requirements worldwide in both SCOPIC and other casualty management situations including the preparation of BIMCO type forms of contract.
TMC Medway Expands
Client loyalty has fuelled continued growth and TMC Medway has moved to larger offices. We are still at the heart of Kent with quick and easy access on the SE ports of the Thames and Medway rivers. All our contact numbers are the same as before and the office remains committed to both prompt and professional ship and cargo survey requirements 7 days a week.
Song Wang Joins TMC Singapore
TMC welcomes Song who is a naval architect and project engineer who has supplemented his strong academic grounding with more than eight years’ diverse professional experience. During employment with organisations including shipyards, oil and gas operators, EPC contractors and leading IACS-member classification societies, Song has completed concept studies, FEED, detailed design, transportation, installation, inspection, life-extension, project management and classification.
To view his profile, click here.