Our track record in forensic investigation and the provision of independent advice for loss prevention and claim/litigation procedures in container collapse cases are outstanding.
We have extensive experience investigating collapsed container stows and lashing and securing force calculations. We set suitable test criteria for lashing material and coordinate tests through reputable test facilities, including our in-house test laboratories. A container is more than just a steel box; it is required to meet a substantial number of regulations on dimensions and strength. Equally, all elements part of the container lashing and securing system are subject to strength requirements imposed by the Classification Societies.
From fuel testing to acting as expert witnesses or arbitrators, we provide specialist independent advice for claims and disputes related to the quality of marine fuels.
We deal with many fuels claims each year, and with the new IMO sulphur standards, pressure on fuel and bunker questions is expected to increase. The stability and quality of compatible marine fuels are the main concern for shipowners and charterers alike, in addition to problems connected to storage and fuel treatment on board. In the most unfortunate event, damage to the primary or auxiliary engines may occur with significant financial consequences.
More than for other cargoes, the investigation of crude oil, fuel oil, gas and chemicals claims require an analytical approach: not only literally by using special laboratories for sampling and analysing but also figuratively by checking the vast amount of records made by the crew during pre-loading and transportation. The toxic atmosphere in cargo tanks and the cargo's hazardous nature does not always allow an immediate visual inspection of tanks.
We have extensive experience investigating international oil, gas and chemicals claims for seagoing vessels and storage terminals. Special attention is given to tank cleaning, the effects of the tank coating and, not least, the individual properties of the more than 2,000 different types of chemicals transported by sea.
We have experience investigating any sort of perishable good losses. With most of our offices being located in the busy North-West European ports, we handle about 4,000 cases in this area per year involving these types of products. We advise on the many different factors that can determine the appropriate temperature as well as other conditions for shipment.
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Our dedicated team includes experienced salvage masters from the Dutch industry with Lloyds SCR (Special Casualty Representative) accreditation.
Our core salvage team comprises experienced not only salvage masters but also naval architects, marine engineers and lifting specialists, with many years of experience in salvage and wreck removal, for either deep-sea, coastal or inland operation.
We respond rapidly to emergencies, including ship groundings and unplanned discharges. We are responsive and design monitoring programs and collect meaningful data, no matter the size of the crisis or the remoteness of the impacted area.
We deploy these services at short notice worldwide, 24/7.
As well as oil spills, fuel leakages and failure of bunkering operations, damage to the environment can also be caused by loss of deck cargo overboard, emission of toxic gases from tankers, the spread of soot from exhaust gases. We combine surveying with environmental and oil and gas expertise, making us uniquely qualified to advise on all such incidents.
Our REMBRANDT simulation software has been used following numerous high profile incidents to help improve future maritime safety, reduce the potential of future accidents, improve terminal operations and evolve loss prevention initiatives.
We are eCMID accredited and deliver expert surveys on all vessel types in the Renewables & Offshore industry. We perform audits following the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), eCMID and eMISW.
We support offshore wind farm developments from initial scoping to final decommissioning.
Our expertise in ocean technology and renewable energy has positioned us as leading technical experts for offshore engineering energy technologies and next-generation tidal energy device concepts.
From sensors to insight, we provide an array of bespoke asset management solutions to monitor, analyse and report on the sustainability of capital infrastructure assets.
As emerging world leaders in the field of climate change resilience and adaptation, we work across a broad range of sectors, including state and local government agencies, critical infrastructure, finance, health, defence, and security.
We offer fire safety engineering services to help protect human life and assets.
We understand the specific challenges of heavy lift shipping, often involving the sea transportation of extremely heavy, voluminous and valuable loads, requiring special care and preparation.
Our in-house network lets us offer engineering expertise from 23 offices spread over four continents. In addition, we work with 500+ global maritime experts providing our services 24/7.
Our experience in using practical tools and methodologies to manage risk helps you verify and optimise design early on when costs are still manageable.