A team of TMC cargo surveyors has supervised unloading operations of the distressed cargo from the HOEGH OSAKA. Operations were concluded on 5/2/2015.
TMC Cargo team is now co-ordinating survey work ashore. In excess of 30 different cargo interests’ appointed surveyors are being invited to join Owners’ P&I surveyors to carry out cosmetic inspection of the cars and H/H (high/heavy) vehicles currently stored at Southampton Docks. Survey work is estimated to last two weeks.
TMC Cargo team is also closely liaising with Salvors’ lawyers, Owners’ local operation office and the stevedoring company in the matter of the release of the cargo upon placement of salvage security and the surrendering of the relevant Bills of Lading in order to allow cargo onward shipment or its return to manufacturers premises for the necessary functionality tests and repairs.
TMC was invited by PICC PROPERTY AND CASUALTY COMPANY LTD , Shanghai Branch, to speak to an invited audience of claims executives and shipowners on the subject of Salvage & Wreck Removal contracts.
TMC Managing Director Stephen Tierney and TMC Shanghai General Manager Anne Poulter made a joint presentation in English and Mandarin, outlining the practical application of LOF and LOF-SCOPIC contracts, together with use of the BIMCO Wreck forms. TMC used a real example as a case study where TMC was appointed as onsite representative by PICC and had worked together on the salvage of a Chinese-owned container ship grounded in a foreign port. The casualty was successfully re-floated in a short timeframe and salvage costs kept under control, with the assistance of TMC .
TMC Managing Director Stephen Tierney commented; “The presentation was very well received, judging by the feedback. The audience found the presentation delivered by TMC informative, educational and a great learning opportunity and TMC was able to demonstrate the depth and breadth of their knowledge and experience in the field of salvage & wreck removal. Already several requests for further presentations from audience members have been received and we will be delighted to carry these out in the near future.”
Adam Lewis is a highly experienced marine engineer educated to degree-level and with a first class certificate of competency who joined TMC in February, 2015. During a career spanning some 24 years, Adam sailed in all ranks up to chief engineer. After moving ashore Adam progressed his career gaining valuable statutory surveying experience at MCA and extensive ship modification / repair experience with a major Shipowner before moving into marine consultancy with a well-known London based firm To find out more, Click here.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.