Managers and Owners
The experience and knowledge of our experts is available to ship owners and managers for the various activities related to operations, ship management, purchases and newbuildings.
We offer consultancy and advisory services for the set up and improvement of management and quality systems, for special projects and expansion plans, assisting in case of second hand purchase as well as in the whole design and construction process.
Additional services such as VDR data based navigational audits, litigation and claims handling assistance, condition surveys and risk assessments on vessels, are available as well.
Our experts can investigate the cause, nature and extent of damages and failures of hull, structures, systems and machinery of all types of ships and yachts.
Through the experience of our Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Master Mariners and Chief Engineers we can report quickly to the interested parties and with respect to the underlying frame of rules, policies and relations.
Root cause analysis is carried out following the requirements of the Principal since the investigation stage, in order to collect the relevant information and evidence.
Analysis of IT records and VDR data complements the field inspections.
Samples of fuel, oils and other fluids, and failed parts of machinery and structures, can be analyzed by independent laboratories to investigate the cause of damages.
Estimated duration and cost of repairs, or loss of hire, are updated continuously in order to allow Principal to reserve the claim properly.
Investigations of all marine accidents, including collisions and groundings, are carried out by our specialists also through the analysis of electronic navigational data, VDR recordings, AIS data in order to provide all the factual evidence necessary for the definition of liability.
VDR and AIS data are elaborated from raw format with own tools, in order to obtain the full extent of information without the limits of playback software or third party elaborations.
Accidents are reported in detail on nautical charts and with all relevant information, including other vessels, limits to navigation, milestone events and communications.
Comments on liability based on COLREG and other applicable international and local rules can be provided also separately.
After a proper attendance we can provide Risk Assessments of vessels and management companies in accordance with the recognized JH2006/010 guidelines, as well as any other form or guideline provided by the Client.
Engine Room Management & Machinery Risk Assessment, Condition Survey, Office Management Assessment and Structural Condition Survey can all be carried out in the interest of the Client, with a prompt Recommendation and Follow up reporting for deficiencies which might arise.
The same method is applied to various guidelines and forms as provided by Clients such as P&I Clubs, Charterers, etc.
Several Risk Assessments in accordance with JH143 guidelines have been already carried out in repair and construction shipyards, both for merchant vessels and superyachts, in order to provide Insurers with the proper risk profiles in advance.
Risk Assessment can also be specific for a single activity (such as maintenance and repairs) or for a construction, in case of Builders’ Risk cover.
Pre-purchase condition surveys are not based on a checklist or form, as they have to adapt to the specific needs of the Client and to the condition and characteristics of the vessel.
The thorough inspection of structures, machinery, systems, accessories, logs and records is aimed at providing a complete picture of vessel conditions as well as critical issues, expected capital expenses or opex increase.
It is recommended to couple the survey with Class records inspection, in order to have a view on the past history of the vessel.
The vast and diverse experience of our people is key in assisting interested parties and their lawyers on all technical aspects of ship construction, operations, casualties, accidents and injuries.
Technical knowledge is provided within the legal framework given, in order to pursue the desired results while making arguments understandable for all involved parties.
Complete fleets as well as single projects can be reviewed and analyzed in order to report the associated risks, deficiencies and condition in the perspective of economic and financial stakeholders.
Reports can include comments on projected capex and opex, progress of project, conditions and deficiencies, analysis of risks, review of contracts and supply chain.
We can provide a full package of design review and approval and surveillance of construction of all types of vessel, including superyachts and cruise ships.
Design and construction are scrutinized by a dedicated team against applicable rules, Technical Specification and Contract s in order to guarantee the highest quality of the final product and the best value for the investment.
The experience in claims and litigation of our specialists is supportive in disputes resolution in progress.
The review of VDR data in a range of time against the applicable rules and procedures allows to carry out Navigational audits ex post based on factual evidence.
This method is cost effective, efficient and excludes the external factors which interfere with standard on board auditing procedures.
Audits can include single maneuvers, complete voyages or even wider ranges of time.
In some areas we can test the tightness of hatch covers by means of ultrasonic equipment, as recommended by many insurers and charterers, both as a standalone service or jointly with a condition survey.
We can assist in the management of various projects and tasks, including conversions, major repairs, project cargo, technical audits, fleet maintenance review, contract management, etc.
Marine injuries investigations are carried out in accordance with applicable law and rules, and based on the evidence available and collected through the monitoring systems.
Analysis of root cause and of applicable procedures and rules provides information on the expected liabilities.
In case of dispute, we can assist providing expert advice and support at hearings.