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.
Charles joined us in July 2017 as a Consultant Naval Architect based in Singapore after spending more than 15 years in a reputable marine consultancy and ship classification society (IACS member).
He has extensive experience in hull & machinery damage surveys, vessel damage assessments and marine accident investigations. Having done a wide spectrum of surveys and assessments, he has intimate knowledge on a wide range of marine vehicles, fixed and floating offshore units. He regularly prepares reports and assists ship owners, underwriters, loss adjustors and lawyers in legal liability & dispute cases. He has working experiences across multiple countries within the Asia Pacific region.
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TMC Marine has featured in the May edition of the well known ‘Tanker Operator’ monthly newsletter.
Ian Hodges, Master Mariner wrote an article about ‘loss control on product tankers’.
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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 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’.
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.