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Statutory ERS ensures a rapid initial response to an emergency. But what happens next?


Classification Society statutory ERS provides Ship Owners and Insurers with a targeted initial response to deal with technical issues, driven by international regulation (OPA 90 and Marpol). However statutory ERS is essentially limited to assisting Owners with the stabilisation of a distressed vessel.

ERS PREMIUM offers Ship Owners advice and guidance from a team of salvage experts on a range of potential issues which go well beyond the service offered by statutory ERS. The ERS Premium service is not just confined to stabilisation of the vessel, it also offers Owners and Insurers assistance and advice with the increasingly complex technical and operational issues which can arise in the unfortunate event of a marine casualty.

As a pro-active service, Ship Owners can sign up to this new initiative from TMC which allows them to pre-configure a ship-specific model using our advanced salvage program SEAMASTER. This software has been developed by TMC over a period of 30 years and is unrivalled in its capability. Should a real incident occur, timely proactive operational and technical advice can be delivered during all phases of the casualty.

With 40 years of knowledge and experience in the salvage field, TMC Marine will rapidly respond to incidents worldwide.

A proactive service that can react faster and more effectively for marine casualties.

A proactive service that can react faster and more effectively for marine casualties.

What does ERS PREMIUM cover in addition to the statutory BV ERS service?

  • Estimate initial casualty stability, residual strength and floating attitude
  • Estimate transient and final condition for planned recovery
  • Attend on site as Owner’s/Insurers representative on the ground
  • Producing daily written Sitreps to insurers and owner/manager
  • Provide on-going technical assistance with appropriate discipline (naval architect, marine engineer, mariner)
  • Assist with cargo discharge operations
  • Advise on the most appropriate salvage contractor
  • Discuss and approve contractor’s salvage plan, including plan revisions/updates
  • Advise on controlling expenditure on site
  • Management of distressed/damaged cargo
  • Dealing with local/national Authorities during salvage process
  • Liaising with environmental contractors and shore-line clean-up groups
  • Assist with selection of suitable port of refuge
  • On-site cost control
  • Provide technical expert witness advice on causation and salvage dangers where required

Not all of the above services may be required in any given casualty. Significant time and cost can be saved as pre-planning enables TMC Marine to react quickly when an incident occurs.

With both local offices and experienced, qualified salvage personnel across the globe, our services have responded successfully to some of the highest profile salvage cases in recent years including the PRESTIGE off Spain, the MARITIME MAISIE in Korea and the CSCL INDIAN OCEAN in Germany.

TMC has undertaken 110 salvage consultancies in the last 10 years alone.

ERS Preium from TMC Marine

Backed by leading Class Society Bureau Veritas, TMC emergency response and casualty management adapts to the needs of a serious incident delivering comprehensive salvage expertise where it is needed both on-site and on-shore.

  • Pre-planned, extended emergency response for Ship Owners, backed by a leading Class Society.
  • A fast and effective service that embraces both operational and technical issues.
  • ERS PREMIUM from TMC provides a rapid onestop coordinated approach for emergencies.


BUREAU VERITAS Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 69,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe.

Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

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