SAFETY4SEA Megabox Forum

SAFETY4SEA and the MEGA-BOXSHIP Solutions Working Group for the first time cooperated to organize a seminar which successfully concluded on Tuesday 10th of September, at the Hellenic Centre in London. The event, which took place within the framework of the London International Shipping Week, attracted 100 delegates from a total of 45 organizations.

ABOUT THE MEGA-BOXSHIP SOLUTIONS WORKING GROUP
This is an industry-led working group dedicated to analyze risks and formulate mitigating measures for the safety of the Mega-Box Ships. The Group was initially established by CMA-CGM and T&T Salvage more than three(3) years ago attracting a large and diverse number of stakeholders interested in contributing their knowledge, experience, and thoughts to address many of operational challenges facing these ultra large ships. It is now the time to move forward and open the discussion to the rest of the industry on a more structured and formal way to gain momentum fostering safety of Mega-Box Ships for the future ahead.

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Megabox Forum is scheduled in co-operation with Mega-Boxship Solutions Working Group as a half day event (09:00 to 13:00) on Tuesday 10th of September 2019 at the Hellenic Centre, London UK.

This is a NON PROFIT event expected to attract a target group of approx. 100 persons / 50 organizations attendance from Safety, Technical, Marine departments of shipping operators and other related industry stakeholders. Attendance will be FREE of charge to delegates, a common feature of ALL SAFETY4SEA forums with sponsors covering all the expenses of the event.

Attendance is FREE, subject to Registration.

Tentative Schedule Topic
08:15 – 08:45 Welcome Coffee & Registration
08:45 – 08:50

Opening Remarks – Safety Brief

Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

08:50 – 09:00

Introduction and welcome remarks

  • Olivier Texier,  Department Director – Marine Safety Environment Division,  CMA CGM
  • Mauricio Garrido, President, T&T Salvage LLC
09:00 – 09:50

Panel 1 – What is the Problem? – Challenges and Risks

  • Supply Chain
    • Cargo Declaration Issues
  • Technical
    • Cargo Hold Fires
    • Cargo Handling
  • Legal and Insurance
    • General Average
    • Security
  • Crew
    • Competence

Panelists:

  • Tom Sommerwerck, Managing Director,  Döhle Havariekontor GmbH & Co. KG
  • Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention, The Standard Club
  • Jim Allsworth, Regional Director – Claims Director,  C Solutions Limited
  • Costas Karaloizou,  Director,  Albatross Adjusters Ltd

Moderator: Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

09:50 – 10:40

Panel 2 – Closing the Gap – The Human Element

  • Managing the response
  • Ship to shore interactions and communications
  • Initial Actions
  • Training
  • Places of Refuge

Panelists:

  • Stephan Hennig, UK SOSREP (The Secretary of State’s Representative)
  • Joannis Bloch Danielsen,  Claims Manager,  Norwegian Hull Club
  • Elias Psyllos,  Vice President,  Commercial and Risk Management,  T&T Salvage
  • Jim Butler,  External and Regulatory Affairs Director, Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network
  • Eckart Möller, Director Nautical Operation, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Moderator: Mauricio Garrido, President, T&T Salvage LLC

10:40 – 11:10 Networking Break
11:10 – 12:00

Panel 3 – Closing the Gap – Technical Solutions

  • Container lightering and heavy lift assets
  • Twist lock removal
  • Firefighting
  • Fire water
  • Rescue Towage

Panelists:

  • Olivier Texier,  Department Director – Marine Safety Environment Division,  CMA CGM
  • Clive Taylor,  Managing Director,  Taylor Marine
  • Siggi Finnbogason,  Salvage Master, T&T Salvage, LLC
  • Heiko Felderhoff,  Managing Director,  Combi Lift
  • Christian Sonnemann, Managing Director Offshore / Maritime Logistics, NavConsult AWSS GmbH & Co.

Moderator: Tom Sommerwerck, Managing Director,  Döhle Havariekontor GmbH & Co. KG

12:00 – 12:10

The Path Forward

  • Next Steps
  • Introduce Drill
  • Mauricio Garrido, President, T&T Salvage LLC
  • Olivier Texier,  Department Director – Marine Safety Environment Division,  CMA CGM
12:10 – 13:10

Tabletop Exercise with working buffet

Facilitated role play exercise

Table for key roles about 10-20 at each table. Attendees will spend 20 minutes at three of the below tables. Rotations will be made to simulate the response at 1 hour, 6 hours and 24 hours since the incident.

Need to assign roles ahead of time.

Tables Representing each of the following:

  • Ship
  • Insurance
  • Shore
  • Salvage
  • Authorities

Coordinated by Matt Cooke, Naval Architect & Project Manager,  T&T Salvage, LLC

13:10 – 14:00 Networking Buffet

 

Jim Allsworth, Regional Director – Claims Director,  C Solutions Limited

Jim comes from a ship-owning family background and is a graduate in Maritime Business and Law and Naval Architecture at Plymouth. He worked in the family shipping business until 1990 when he joined the Admiralty department of a major London Shipping law firm. Jim’s areas of specialty are Emergency Response Management and Coordination of all types of Shipping casualties in particular claims control in collision, salvage and wreck removal. He regularly advises ISU salvage companies, IG Clubs and non IG liability Underwriters, Owners, Hull Underwriters and Governments (including the British Government). He regularly handles all types of salvage Arbitrations and is one of only a handful of practitioners internationally who has handled in excess of 200 Lloyds Open Form salvage contracts. Jim joined C Solutions in 2008. C Solutions are a specialist Marine Claims Consultant combining legal expertise with commercial, technical and practical advice. He relocated to Greece in 2018 to set up C Solutions Greek presence before amalgamating with TCI in 2019.

 

Apostolos Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apostolos Belokas is a Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with more than 20 year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent and Consultant. He entered the industry back in 1992 as Engineering Superintendent with a leading ship manager operating a mixed fleet of bulk and oil/chemical tankers and later shifted to regulatory compliance and QHSE issues as superintendent and later as a Consultant and Trainer. Apostolos has successfully completed a wide range of QHSE projects including 250+ management system projects (ISM/ISO 9001-14001-18001/TMSA/MLC), 500 vessel and office audits to various standards and he has trained more than 5,000 people in a wide variety of QHSE subjects. He is holding Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master’s specialising in Energy & Environment and Master’s Degrees in Maritime Business and Business Administration (MBA), all of them awarded with distinction. Apostolos is the Managing Director of SQE MARINE & SQE ACADEMY and he is also the Founder and Managing Editor of SAFETY4SEA.

 

Joannis Bloch Danielsen, Claims Manager, Norwegian Hull Club

Joannis has a maritime legal background, and is a claims manager with Norwegian Hull Club.

 

 

 

 

Jim Butler, External and Regulatory Affairs Director, Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network

Jim Butler is a partner in the law firm of Baldwin & Butler, LLC in Kenai, Alaska. He is also principal of Incident Response Group, LLC serving as Director of External & Regulatory Affairs under contract to the Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network.For over 22 years, Jim has represented both for-profit and nonprofit organizations that provide various oil spill response services to vessel and facility operators throughout Alaska. In addition to his legal practice, Jim regularly provides legal and consulting services to responsible parties, pollution response and salvage contractors responding to marine casualties in Alaska and the west coast. Jim remains active on several public and private sector incident management teams serving in various command and general staff functions on “all-hazard” and Type-1 wildfire incidents around the country. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration/Business Economics and Public Policy from the George Washington University School of Government and Business, Washington D. C. and his Juris Doctor from Seattle University Law School. Jim was recently reappointed by Governor Walker as sole Public-at-large Member of the State Emergency Response Commission and serves a Chair of the Alaska Intrastate Mutual Aid System Committee. An Alaska commercial salmon fisherman for over 35 years, Jim was recognized by United Fishermen of Alaska as “2013 UFA Fisherman of the Year.”

 

Matthew J. Cooke, Naval Architect & Project Manager,  T&T Salvage, LLC

Following advanced studies in Civil Engineering at Cooper Union College, Matthew graduated from New York Maritime College with a degree in Naval Architecture.  Since 2013, he has become an integral part of the T&T team providing engineering, project management, logistics, planning, cost analysis and operational support. He has managed and been actively involved in large scale salvage and emergency response operations. In coordination with T&T’s salvage team, Matthew has developed Salvage and Port of Refuge Plans that have been approved and reviewed by the United States Coast Guard, class societies, local and international authorities and marine surveyors. Matthew is intricately involved in T&T’s OPA90 (Oil Pollution Act of 1990) compliance program where he has served as the project Naval Architect, coordinated responses, participated in full scale salvage and oil spill response exercises and served as liaison to the United States Coast Guard.  Of note, is Matt’s deployment to Hurricane stricken Puerto Rico where he actively supported the U.S. Government in the maritime recovery efforts and mitigating damage to the marine environment. Matthew is one of the facilitators of the Mega-Boxship Solutions Technical Working Committee as well as the LNG Response Working Group which seek to catalyze industry-driven prevention and response solutions.  He is also an active member of the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineers.

 

Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention, The Standard Club

Capt. John Dolan joined the British merchant navy as a Deck Cadet with BP Shipping and spent 11 years at sea working on oil tankers. After rising to the position of Master, John returned to university for two years and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Science in International Shipping.  He built on his technical and academic experience by becoming a ship manager and for the next 23 years, he worked in most of the key functions and senior roles in ship management including commercial, marine, safety, operational and technical positions culminating in 10 years’ experience as General Manager / Director level of two large shipping companies. During this period, he was also a Board member of the International Chamber of Shipping where he represented Ireland for six years.  Today, as Deputy Director, Loss Prevention at The Standard Club he shares his experience and knowledge with underwriters, claims personnel and club members on a daily basis. 

 

Heiko Felderhoff,  Managing Director,  Combi Lift

 

Capt. Sigurdur (Siggi) Finnbogason,  Salvage Master, T&T Salvage, LLC

Siggi’s seafaring days began in his homeland of Iceland in 1974 sailing on ocean-going vessels, and graduating in 1983 from Iceland’s Stýrimannaskóli Islands (nautical academy) with an Unlimited Masters License. Siggi’s experience in emergency response and marine search and rescue related to vessel casualties began as member of Icelandic Marine Search & Rescue Team, then while with Trademar and Thien & Heyenga GmbH he served as Nautical Superintendent for the company fleet where responsibilities included the overseeing all emergency response management activities during vessel casualties, emergency tows, groundings, and fires. Joining T&T Salvage as Salvage Master in 2010 based in the USA, Siggi relentlessly receives emergency calls 24/7, leading teams for casualty responses in the USA and worldwide, wherever the need arises.  During his “down” time Siggi attends OPA90 drills, consultants ship owners in need worldwide.

 

 

Stephan Hennig, UK SOSREP (The Secretary of State’s Representative)  

Stephan joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) at MRCC Shetland in 2005 and served in HM Coastguard until 2012 when he became the Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer for Scotland and Northern Ireland. He provided an MCA regional point of contact for a wide variety of stakeholders including ports, offshore operators, environmental regulators, Local Authorities and many others. In March 2017 Stephan joined the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on a secondment with the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) and was officially appointed Deputy to the SOSREP later that year. Stephan acted in the role of SOSREP since May 2018 and was officially appointed SOSREP in January 2019. In maritime incident response, he works closely with other government departments, salvage companies, P&I Clubs and the many other interested parties. In his different roles, he has managed many incidents from Search & Rescue to wreck removal and attended a variety of shipping casualties.

 

Mauricio Garrido, President, T&T Salvage LLC

Mauricio graduated from the New York Maritime College with a degree in Naval Architecture, as well as an unlimited Marine Engineer’s license. Mauricio’s experience includes tenure as Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with the technical division of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) responsible for operating more than 150 vessels. He was soon promoted joining the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency responsible for marine casualty investigations and safety oversight. At the NTSB, Mauricio formed part of the investigation teams of major incidents such as the grounding of the EXXON VALDEZ. Since 1990, Mauricio has actively responded to more than 400 major incidents worldwide including ship and cargo salvage, wreck removal and oil pollution cases as Casualty Surveyor, Project Manager or Salvage Master. Since 2008, Garrido has been acting as President of Houston-based T&T Salvage overseeing global emergency response activities. Garrido maintains a close relationship with maritime authorities providing advisory services relating to emergency response and crisis management. Of note, was Mauricio’s participation during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in more than 1,500 major marine casualties in the US Gulf, where he was commissioned by the US Coast Guard to act as overall advisor and coordinator for salvage operations and the reopening of the Mississippi River. In addition, Mauricio was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor to the Naval War College of Uruguay, acted as advisor to Mexico’s Secretariat of the Navy and regularly lectures on emergency response as part of the Inter-American Committee of Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS). Mauricio is a past President and Executive Committee member of the American Salvage Association (ASA). He is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA).

 

Costas Karaloizou,  Director,  Albatross Adjusters Ltd

Costas Karaloizou obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester (UMIST) and a Master’s degree in International Transport at the department of Maritime Studies, University of Cardiff. He has been working as an Average Adjuster since 1997 and is now a Director and Partner of Albatross Adjusters Limited. Costas has an advanced proficiency in information technology and was instrumental in modernising the infrastructure and process of collection of General Average securities, something that has enabled Albatross to be appointed in some of the most voluminous cases in the world.  He is married and has 2 children, in his free time he likes to be on a motorbike or sailing.

 

Eckart Möller, Director Nautical Operation, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Buxtehude

Professional Experience:

2012 – today : Director Nautical Operation, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Buxtehude with max. 121 vessels

  • Leader Emergency Response Team
  • Representative Dangerous Goods

2006 – 2012 : Fleet Manager of a container fleet of 24 vessels, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Buxtehude

2004 – 2006 : Nautical Superintendent, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, Buxtehude

1990 – 2004 : Nautical Watchkeeping Officer, Captain Post-Panamax Container vessels NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co.KG, Buxtehude  

 

Elias Psyllos, Vice President,  Commercial and Risk Management,  T&T Salvage LLC

Elias Psyllos is the Vice President of the Commercial and Risk Management Department of T&T Salvage based in Houston Texas. He is responsible for commercial, legal, and technical support to daily global company operations. He supports business development and client relationship management activities. He also oversees internal insurance and risk management matters to include policy management and claims reporting and acts as Project Manager on company operations. Prior experience includes 15 years as a Risk Manager for a London-Greek Shipowning Group. He was overall responsible for the Group’s Marine Insurance and claims. For 4 years he served as a member of the Group’s Marine Operations Team, actively involved in the management of Oil Tanker and Bulk Carrier fleets.

 

 

Tom Sommerwerck, Managing Director,  Döhle Havariekontor GmbH & Co. KG

Born on the 20th May 1968 in Germany, my office working career started in 1995 after spending around 3 years at sea as a ship-mechanic (1989-1992) and completing the studies at the University of Plymouth with an MSc. in International Shipping and an BSc. Combined Hons in Maritime Business and Maritime Law (1992 – 1995). I learned how to handle marine insurance claims at a broking firm called Insurance & Claims Agency GmbH (“ICA)”from 1995 until 1998. Between 1998 and 2000 I took the position as a claims executive at the UK Club. After returning to ICA in 2000 as partner and managing director and entering the membership of the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA), I changed over to the Peter Döhle Shipping Group in 2005 and became their claims director overlooking and being in charge of the H+M, LoH, P&I, FD&D  claims and casualty work of some 400 ships at any time. In 2013, the position as Managing Director of Döhle Havariekontor GmbH & Co. KG (DHK) was added. DHK acts as the correspondent of six P&I Club in Hamburg. In 2017 I was promoted to Managing Director of DAK which involves on a day-to-day basis HR, Data Protection and other general matters and last but not least developing marketing concepts for the broker. I also work as a Director for the mother company Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG, mainly being involved in the group’s due diligence for sanction compliance, general operation matters, and loss prevention measurements for the PD fleet.

 

Christian Sonnemann, Managing Director Offshore / Maritime Logistics, NavConsult AWSS GmbH & Co. 

 

Clive Taylor, Managing Director,  Taylor Marine

Clive Taylor is a Marine Consultant and Managing Director of Taylor & Co (Marine) Ltd.  Prior to establishing Taylor Marine in 1994, Clive served as a deck officer with Ocean Fleets on board general cargo liner vessels, container ships and OBO’s, also spending a period of time in coastal shipping. Clive has assisted in compiling a series of loss prevention and claims management booklets, in addition to appearing in Club Training Videos on behalf of International Group P&I Clubs. For many years, Clive has been appointed to attend a considerable number of major shipping casualties, resulting variously from fires, explosions, collisions and groundings, in order to advise and assist with the recovery and on-shipment of a wide range of cargo types, particularly containerised cargo. This has involved the compilation of a number of comprehensive databases for the purposes of salvage and general average adjustments.  Clive was most recently involved in the fire and explosion on board the container ship “YANTIAN EXPRESS” on behalf of Salvors.

 

Olivier Texier, DVP – Safety Security Environment Department,  CMA CGM

Olivier TEXIER is the Deputy Vice President of safety security environment department of CMA CGM group. Graduate from French Navy school “Ecole Navale”, he was deck officer and master in French Navy during 25 years. Maritime safety officer (ISM, ISPS, MLC and ISO auditor) and DPA CSO in the CMA CGM company since 2008, he is now responsible for the safety and security matters for all assets of CMA CGM Group (about 200 vessels, 40 terminals and some inland platforms around the word). Member of different working groups (including Container Ship Safety Forum – CSSF), he was involved in the set up of new fire fighting system and process in the aim to reinforce the prevention and the fire fighting equipment on board container ship.

 

ALASKA MARITIME PREVENTION & RESPONSE NETWORK

The Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network [Network] is non-profit organization focused on reducing the risk of marine casualties and oil spills from occurring ​and providing access to required response resources should they be needed​. Led by a Board of Directors comprised of maritime executives and administered by Alaskans, we continuously balance industry knowledge and needs with the unique maritime and regulatory challenges in Western Alaska. As a non-profit, our responsibility to financial stewardship drives us to reinvest over 80% of our revenue into maintaining and improving strong programs for our enrolled participants. The Network continues to lead the way in innovative technology-based programs and revolutionary research and development projects designed to reduce the risk of an oil spill pollution event in Western Alaska with operational guidelines and best practices that could be implemented around the world, creating a safer, more efficient maritime community.

www.alaskaseas.org/

 

Albatross Adjusters Limited

Albatross Adjusters Limited, are highly qualified professional Average Adjusters and Marine Claims Consultants, providing a service of excellence to the shipping and insurance communities. Our Certified quality system ensures that procedures are maintained and we can assure our clients and their partners that they will always enjoy a service of excellence constantly improving and tailored made to their ever changing needs.

Company History

In 1983, a Hamburg adjusting firm set up an office in Limassol, Cyprus. This office served local as well as overseas Clients. After a management buyout in September 2009, the Limassol office became an independent firm. In the course of the natural transformation of the company it was decided to change its name to ALBATROSS ADJUSTERS LIMITED in October 2010.

Services

The Company handles marine casualty claims from around the world. Our qualified personnel of Marine Insurance Specialists and Average Adjusters work in teams to resolve claims efficiently and to offer our clients expert advice along the way.

With our nautical and legal qualifications, technical training and knowledge and years of professional experience, we successfully

handle a wide range of marine casualty cases.

* General Average * Third Party Liability

* Particular Average * Loss of Hire

* Collision * Delayed Delivery

* Salvage * Recovery

Our Adjusters work in teams with a combination of qualifications, training and experience, enabling us to advise on and deal with all size of nature of cases.

Assisting clients with claims administration and statistics, with access to consultant Marine Engineers, Master Mariners and Legal Advisers, Albatross also specialises in establishing cause of damage, handling of marine claims generally, including advising upon and the interpretation of insurance cover. The partners of Albatross have collectively in excess of 70 years experience as Average Adjusters.

An experienced team of staff has been working together to handle the requirements for collections of securities that Albatross Clients require. Equipped with the latest technological tools and in depth knowledge of the shipping transport system especially the operations of container shipping Albatross can guarantee an efficient and smooth collection facility that caters for the needs of Shipowners/ Salvors/Charterers/Cargo interests and insurance companies alike. With well established practices that developed through the years and an experienced and dynamic team running the latest technologies we have made sure that the principles of General Average can be applied on the biggest containers ships with minimum disruption to cargo operations.

www.alba.com.cy

 

BRAVEHEART MARINE BV

Braveheart Marine BV is a Dutch company providing hydrographic survey services and crew tender operations. With our flexible and versatile fleet we can mobilise quickly to locations around the world, and our experienced crew plays a key role in keeping the projects on time and within budget. Our vessels, ranging from 15 to 23 meter, all have an outstanding track record when it comes to collecting reliable data and providing safe and fast crew transfers. Our No Limit class vessels are without a doubt the workhorse of the dredging industry, designed to work under adverse weather conditions, and fast and agile enough to assist operations in challenging environments. Our in house design of the Javelin Class vessel, currently represented by the Guardian, a 22,5m vessel, and with a 25.90 m newbuild on the way, has proven to be very successful, in survey for the dredging industry as well as survey and crew tendering in the offshore wind industry. With a hull specifically designed to minimise the amount of bubbles under the keel, the vessel can survey at higher speeds with her MBES in one of her 2 moonpools.

The Seakeeper® system creates stability for survey, as well as safe transfers, minimising heave and roll up to 1,8m. 12 Shock absorbing crew seats, and a heated deck, in combination with her cruising speed of 20 knots, and a top speed of 25 knots, gives her the versatility to act as survey vessel as well as CTV, although she could as well act as fast response Guard vessel. With our quick response survey team we have the capability to react quickly on calamities around the world, and fly across the globe to assist in making salvage plans using our mobile survey set, as we have proven with several jobs, among others the case of a grounded cargo vessel in Uruguay.

www.braveheartmarine.com/

 

Clean Sea

Clean Sea is a family private owned company with more than 15 years expertise in the Shipping Industry, conceived as a young, experienced and qualified OSRO additionally rendering launch and Emergency Response services (Salvage) in all Argentinean waters in compliance with local coastguard’s regulations (OSRO-Maritime A1 rank and Salvage Company certification). With more than 30 people on our permanent staff, professionals available on call,  state of the art portable equipment, crafts and a vast network of reputable subcontractors Clean Sea provides coverage and rapid response services for top of the line ship owners, oil majors, traders and charterers within all Argentinian Sea, Rio de la Plata and Hidrovia Paraná-Paraguay. The company participated in most important cleanup operations in the last years and successfully assisted more than fifteen stranded vessels jointly with T&T Salvage to owners’ and underwriters’ satisfaction.

www.cleansea.com.ar

 

Combi Lift

We at Combi Lift, see communication as a vital aspect of trust. Our direct, personal relationships with our stakeholders are the keys to our success. We are headquartered in Bremen – at the heart of the Harren & Partner Group. This simplifies decision-making processes and ensures that we always have the expertise we need at hand. Combi Lift offers its clients seamless logistics solutions, from the initial planning and budgetary phase to the final delivery and facility start-up. You name it, we move it.

www.combi-lift.net/

 

C Solutions

C Solutions was set up in 2000 by Chris Beesley. Headquartered in the City of London, they also have offices in Athens, Cyprus, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Sydney.  Staffed by lawyers, experienced claims handlers from the P&I and H&M sectors, Master Mariners and insurance industry professionals they handle all manner of wet and dry marine cases for ship owners, charterers and managers, insurance brokers, P&I Clubs, H&M, liability and energy insurers, salvors, banks, national governments and local authorities offering a one stop claims facility for all marine claims around the clock, around the world. 

www.csolutionslimited.com/

 

DÖHLE GROUP

We offer a wide range of services including financial, commercial, and technical support, as well as insurance and crew management. Apart from our complementary activities provided by the companies within the Group, our core competencies lie in chartering as well as sale and purchase.

With its numerous offices, subsidiaries, and partner companies located worldwide Peter Döhle Group offers tailor-made solutions for the whole shipping industry.

www.doehle.de

 

Pro Liquid

Pro Liquid is a one-stop liquid cargo handling service provider specialising in the maritime and petrochemical industry. We offer 24/7 worldwide solutions such as liquid transfer services, salvage support, ship-to-ship services and expediting & loss control, as well as rental and sale of equipment. We will perform according the customer operational requirements, aligning our processes to your needs, to offer you a tailor made solution offshore or in-port. Furthermore, with our in-house Mooring Masters (POACs) and their comprehensive global experience of both commercial as well as emergency operations, we ensure that all our operations are conducted in line with all industry standards.

Inaccessible locations. Extreme climates. Heavy oils with ultra-high viscosities. These are the challenges faced during salvage operations on land or at sea. On top of that, there is the potential problem of spills, which not only cause serious environmental damage but are also expensive to clean up. This is where Pro Liquid comes in. We provide salvage support services to handle and recover any liquid cargo, even in the harshest conditions. Using proven Pro Liquid pumping equipment, we safely, effectively and efficiently remove oil or any other pollutants to protect you from potential financial, economic and environmental liabilities.

As Pro Liquid, we serve a wide range of clients varying from ship agents, ship owners, ship managers, charterers and ship operators, terminalS, refineries, shipyards offshore and oil field operators all over the world. Pro Liquid, your Pro-active and Professional worldwide partner in liquid cargo handling.

www.pro-liquid.com

 

Standard P&I Club

The Standard Club is a mutual insurance association and member of the International Group of P&I clubs, owned by its shipowner members and controlled by a board of directors drawn from the membership. The club has been insuring shipowners, operators and charterers for their liabilities to third parties for over 100 years and insures about 10% of the world fleet.

The Standard Club prides itself on quality of service to members, and sets great store in responsiveness and support at all times, especially in times of crisis. Claims are managed from one of our 6 international offices, and our global reach is expanded by our correspondent network. We also put an emphasis on financial strength and stability, which has resulted in an S&P A rating and no unbudgeted supplementary calls for over 20 years.

The Loss Prevention department works to minimise losses through ship surveys, member risk reviews and a programme of educational events and publications. The loss prevention team is continuously developing its tools and training its personnel to enable it to provide expert technical and loss prevention advice to members round the clock.

The Safety and Loss Advisory Committees are key to the club’s loss prevention initiatives and meet twice yearly to discuss claim trends and industry issues. Various initiatives have come as a result of the committee meetings, such as the member risk review programme, introduced in 1993 and unique to all International Group clubs.

www.standard-club.com/

 

T&T SALVAGE

T&T SALVAGE, a member company of the Teichman Group, is committed to serving the emergency response needs of its clients under the highest standards of safety and quality. The Teichman Group since 1957 has grown to become a leading service provider to the international maritime and offshore petroleum industries.

T&T SALVAGE, www.ttsalvage.com, Global response services are supported by salvage stations in Singapore, Rotterdam, Hamburg and South America. The Group owns and maintain a comprehensive inventory of salvage, firefighting systems, ship-to-ship (STS) lightering systems, anti-pollution systems, three-dimensional sonar, ROVs, and advanced diving systems all packaged so it can be rapidly transported by air, land or sea. The portable assets are complemented by floating heavy lift and salvage support vessels ready to meet both routine and emergency response challenges. In addition, the Group includes an in-house design and fabrication department available on a 24 hour basis to support any urgent in-situ needs a field salvage team may have during an operation.

T&T SALVAGE is a Member of the American Salvage Association (ASA), the International Salvage Union (ISU), the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI).

www.ttsalvage.com

 

Taylor Marine TR Little

Taylor Marine TR Little is a long-established leading international Marine Consultancy, providing expert global assistance to the maritime industry. The combined wealth of knowledge and experience of our ex-seagoing officers, engineers and naval architects enables us to offer comprehensive, round the clock support, from dealing with minor incidents to major casualties requiring emergency response. We operate across a broad spectrum of the maritime industry, advising Ship Owners, Charterers, Shipyards, P&I Clubs, Port and Terminal operators, Underwriters, Salvors, Average Adjusters and law firms, to name but a few.

www.taylormarine.net/

 

TCI Maritime Consultants

TCI was set up in 1976 by Roger Moisey who was joined by senior legal advisor Sally Saudek in 1991. It is headquartered in Piraeus with have representative offices in Glyfada and Istanbul. It has vast experience in dealing with shipping related problems of all kinds, and combines a commercial and legal approach to achieve speedy and effective solutions, whether by negotiation, meetings, arbitration, mediation or other legal means. TCI’s client base is closely aligned with C Solutions’ and the combined entity will work closely with all stakeholders.

www.tci.gr/

SAFETY4SEA Megabox Forum: Key challenges as growth in containership sizes continues

SAFETY4SEA and the MEGA-BOXSHIP Solutions Working Group for the first time cooperated to organize a seminar which successfully concluded on Tuesday 10th of September, at the Hellenic Centre in London. The event, which took place within the framework of the London International Shipping Week, attracted 100 delegates from a total of 45 organizations.

Sponsors of the first Megabox Forum were: Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network, Albatross Adjusters Limited, Braveheart Marine BV, Clean Sea, Combi Lift, C Solutions, DÖHLE GROUP, Pro Liquid, The Standard P&I Club, T&T Salvage, Taylor Marine TR Little and TCI Maritime Consultants.

Opening the event, Olivier Texier, Department Director – Marine Safety Environment Division, CMA CGM and Mauricio Garrido, President, T&T Salvage LLC welcomed delegates, introducing briefly the agenda. Among many key issues, global experts provided insight on key challenges of containerships and discussed about contributing factors that increase risk of casualties onboard this type of vessels and the frequency of containership fires, suggesting preventive actions and best practices.  Also panellists exchanged views with the audience on the importance of human element and how we could reduce overload on the crew and become proactive rather than being reactive. Lastly, discussions were focused on handling emergency lightering offshore and a fire scenario for lessons learned.

 

Panel #1 – What is the Problem? – Challenges and Risks

Tom Sommerwerck, Managing Director,  Döhle Havariekontor GmbH & Co. KG, Capt. John Dolan, Deputy Director of Loss Prevention, The Standard Club, Jim Allsworth, Regional Director – Claims Director,  C Solutions Limited and Costas Karaloizou,  Director,  Albatross Adjusters Ltd examined containership challenges and risks under the current regulatory framework and discussed what needs to be further addressed among industry stakeholders in due course. They also talked about salvage operation challenges, mentioning that this year, many fires onboard containerships have been reported so far. Bigger ships hinder bigger risks, they noted and debated on whether technology advance in ships is a contributing factor to increase risk of casualties onboard such type of vessels.

 

Panel #2 – Closing the Gap; the Human Element

Stephan Hennig, UK SOSREP (The Secretary of State’s Representative), Joannis Bloch Danielsen,  Claims Manager,  Norwegian Hull Club, Elias Psyllos,  Vice President,  Commercial and Risk Management, T&T Salvage, Jim Butler, External and Regulatory Affairs Director, Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network and Eckart Möller, Director Nautical Operation, NSB Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG exchanged views on why human element is being considered as a major contributing factor in the chain of events leading to a casualty. Experts noted that instead of being reactive, we need to focus on proactive and preventative measures and  referred to key actions needed in case of an emergency onboard containerships. A key challenge in a response for a vessel of this size is where to bring the vessel in, they concluded.

Panel #3 – Closing the Gap; Technical Solutions

The last panel, including Olivier Texier,  Department Director – Marine Safety Environment Division,  CMA CGM, Clive Taylor,  Managing Director,  Taylor Marine, Siggi Finnbogason,  Salvage Master, T&T Salvage, LLC, Heiko Felderhoff,  Managing Director,  Combi Lift and Christian Sonnemann, Managing Director Offshore / Maritime Logistics, NavConsult AWSS GmbH & Co. focused on technical solutions with respect to container lightering and heavy lift assets, twist lock removal, firefighting, fire water and rescue towage. They presented available options to handle emergency lightering in a worst case scenario and the associated challenges and risks. Also, addressing firefighting, they suggested how shipboard systems and appliance need to be designed. As explained, in the aftermath of a fire scenario with burnt structures and blistered paint, a high volume of contaminated water is onboard which cannot be discharged overboard.  In Recent cases this has proven to be the most expensive part of the response. Thus, they continued with suggestion on what the industry needs to do to better mitigate the time and expense associated with fire water handling.

Experts also said that when these ships were built the designers may have failed to consider if there were large enough tugs on the market to provide rescue towage in case of a blackout scenario. Thanks to the offshore industry there are tugs with adequate bollard pull to handle these large ships. They are however limited in number and often have contractual commitments.

In the end, a table top exercise took place in which attendees participated in key roles to simulate the response at 1 hour, 6 hour and 24 house since an incident. Closing the role play exercise, lessons learned discussed and key actions for the ship, insurance, shore, salvage and associated authorities in case of an containership accident.

 

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