Naomi started at TMC Medway in September 2018 after previously being an Emergency Management Co-ordinator for Civil Defence and Emergency Management in New Zealand. Naomi has a diverse background in emergency management including experience in natural disasters (tsunami, earthquake and severe weather events) and marine casualties, including the groundings of the RENA in New Zealand and KEA TRADER in New Caledonia. She has a range of experience in dealing with the environmental issues associated with marine casualties and salvage operations (co-ordination of shoreline/ oil spill response, community engagement and communication). In addition, she has worked for a range of government agencies including New Zealand Police and Customs.
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Thomas joined TMC in June 2018, after 10 years at sea, during which time he served on a variety of vessel types including Container vessels and Ro-Ro passenger ferries, as well as clean petroleum products and LNG tankers.
He started his seagoing career with Maersk Marine Services on Container vessels as well as serving in Maersk owned Norfolkline line on Ro-Ro passenger ferries. In 2010 he joined BP Shipping where he gained experience on clean petroleum product vessels with Framo systems, followed by significant sea time on LNG vessels, both membrane and moss type vessels.
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Jason Fahy, a Marine Engineer with a First-Class Certificate of Competency, joined TMC as a Marine Engineer Consultant in May 2018. He has 24 years sailing experience from Cadet to Chief Engineer. He has sailed predominantly on Class 1A1 Chemical Tankers for a Global Chemical Tanker owner and has considerable experience on medium speed engines, high voltage diesel electric systems and ancillary deck systems for high spec chemicals.
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Ian Hodges writes an article for The Swedish Club publication Triton, about loss control on tankers.
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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
On 6th March 2018, whilst the 15226 TEU MAERSK HONAM was sailing in the Arabian Sea on passage from Singapore to Suez Canal and thereafter to a number of European ports, an explosion occurred and fire broke out on board. The crew were unable to extinguish the fire and salvage operations were initiated under a Lloyds Open Form Contract. The above circumstances gave rise to General Average.
TMC has been appointed to act as General Average Surveyors. Our specialist cargo surveyors are due to attend on board the casualty at the designated port of refuge and they will be assisting all the insured parties to deal with a difficult situation.
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.
KEA TRADER ran aground on Durand Reef in the South Pacific Ocean on the 12th July 2017 whilst en route from Papeete (French Polynesia) to Noumea (New Caledonia). TMC have been appointed by Skuld P&I Club to assist and attend the casualty acting as representatives for the owners and insurers to oversee the removal of fuel oil, containers and salvage of the vessel.