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January 2015

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Tom Masters - Marine Engineer

Tom Masters – Marine Engineer

TMC are pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Houston, Texas. Tom Masters , a well-known and highly regarded senior consultant will head up the Houston office of TMC Marine Inc., which is located just off the popular Energy Corridor and Sam Houston Tollway, to the west of downtown Houston. We anticipate Houston will become the hub office for our Americas’ operation over the next few years. We look forward to being closer to our existing clients in the Americas and to making and serving new clients in the region.

TMC Marine Inc.
10777 Westheimer, Suite 1148
Houston, Tx 77042
Direct Dial: +1 (713) 260-9682
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January 2015 


TMC has been appointed to assist Owners and P&I insurers with the assessment, discharge and survey of the vehicles from vessel which suffered a recent grounding incident whilst leaving the port of Southampton. A team of TMC surveyors, based in TMC’s Southampton office assisted with the planning and logistics of dealing with a large volume of vehicles. Discharge of vehicles commenced on 27th January and is expected to take approximately one week.

A separate TMC team is assisting Owners and P&I Insurers with the investigation of the incident.


January 2015

The car carrier HOEGH OSAKA grounded with a heavy list in Solent, off Southampton on England’s south coast on 3rd January. TMC have been appointed to assist with the investigation into the cause of the incident.


January 2014 


TMC has been appointed by the Flag State to contribute to the investigation into the loss of the bulk-carrier BULK JUPITER.

BULK JUPITER was on passage from Malaysia to Hong Kong with a cargo of Bauxite when she issued a distress signal on 1st January 2015. Unfortunately the vessel sank with the loss of 18 of her 19 crew.



December 2014


Between Christmas and New Year, TMC’s Technical Director, Colin Barker, was appointed as SCR for the LOF/SCOPIC salvage on this high profile ferry fire in the Adriatic.  Tragically at least 11 people died as a result of the incident and the Italian Public Prosecutor, opening a criminal investigation on the matter, refused access to the Owner’s appointed LOF Salvors who had mobilised tugs, equipment and their salvage team to the casualty location.  The fire was finally reported to be extinguished on Sunday 11th January.


December 2014

TMC has been invited back to Korea to assist the government review the on-going situation with respect to the sunken ro-ro passenger vessel SEWOL. The Korean government announced on November 11th that the search for bodies was being suspended.

Finite Element Analysis of Ship Structures

December 2014 


TMC has greatly expanded its ship’s structural analysis capabilities, with the recruitment and training of staff. TMC is now able to carry out large and detailed 3-D Finite Element modelling of ships structures, enabling new ship designs and structural failures to be analysed.

The initial project work, making use of this new capability, has been the forensic investigation of the stresses acting on a large seagoing vessel when at sea.

A part view of the FE model showing only the internal frames and bulkheads within the mid-body region of the ship is presented above. The complexity of the FE modelling can readily be seen.

For further information please contact Tony Bowman or Duncan Graham at TMC London.


November 2014 


Following a contact between two container vessels SAN FELIPE and AL RIFFA in the port of Port Klang, Malaysia on 28th October 2014, a fire broke out on both vessels. SAN FELIPE anchored and fire-fighting efforts eventually put the fire out the following day. TMC was instructed by the SAN FELIPE P&I and H&M Insurers to attend, respond and assist their Members to deal with the complicated situation which arose as a result of the incident.

TMC mobilised a team from their Singapore and London offices who provided survey services for damage to both vessels and to distressed cargo onboard SAN FELIPE.

TMC Distressed Cargo specialists set up management systems for dealing locally with:

  • Identification of Distressed Cargo
  • Handling Distressed Cargo
  • Co-ordination between many parties involved
  • Work Plans
  • Flow Charts
  • Protocols
  • Delivery & disposal

The work to categorise and dispose of burned, heat & smoke affected, & water damaged containers is likely to take several weeks.


November 2014 


Following the grounding of the WANHE in port of Buenaventura, Columbia, on 24th September 2014, TMC were engaged to provide technical and commercial assistance to the Hull Underwriters and Owners of the vessel.

These services included attendance in Columbia as Hull Underwriters representative in order to access and approve salvage plans, costs and monitor progress; as well as providing advice to Owners and the vessels crew during the lightering operation.

Following the arrival of the HHL HONG KONG, a total of 235 containers were discharged from the WANHE with a gross weight of 3,135 tonnes all of which were overseen by TMC. This cargo discharge and the high spring tide permitted the WANHE to be refloated on the 9th October 2014.

Following the refloat, TMC remained on site in order to assist Owners with the post grounding dive and internal vessel inspections and to support the crew during the official enquiry required by the Port Captain in Buenaventura.

The WANHE reloaded all containers that were no destined for Buenaventura; and departed Columbia on the 16th October 2014.


November 2014



Following a collision, the container ships BANI BHUM and XIN CHI WAN remained stuck together in the fairway between Tsing Yi and Mar Wan Islands in Hong Kong waters. TMC were instructed by hull & machinery underwriters to attend and advise upon the safety of the proposed operation to separate the vessels. After attending onboard BANI BHUM and completing an inspection of the damage, TMC carried out stability and strength calculations to ascertain the risk to the vessel and facilitated the agreement of the port authority for the operation to proceed. With the assistance of harbour tugs the vessels were successfully separated and subsequently taken for repair.