Inadequate Newbuild Supervision Leads to Claim

press release
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says a recently concluded claim brought against a newbuilding supervisor helps illustrate the level of diligence which might realistically be expected of such a specialist service provider.

 

In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a newbuilding supervisor appointed by a technical management firm to oversee the building of a number of chemical carriers. A dispute arose concerning two hulls which were scheduled for delivery in early 2009. In his monthly report for December 2008, the newbuilding supervisor stated, “There are no known matters at this stage with regard to the construction and commissioning of the hulls which may affect the scheduled target date”. On the basis of this report, the technical manager nominated the two vessels as performing vessels under a contract of affreightment.

 

Upon completion of sea trials, deficiencies were identified relating to the tank coating of the first vessel. An independent surveyor was appointed and reported that the tanks were badly corroded. It appeared that some remedial action had been taken by the yard to cover up poorly adhering paint. In respect of the second vessel, deficiencies were found in the form of ‘mud cracking’ in the tank coating, and there was further evidence that the yard had covered up areas of poorly adhering paint. The delivery of both vessels was delayed by two months until later in 2009 as significant work had to be carried out re-blasting and re-coating all cargo tanks on both vessels.

 

The technical manager brought a claim against the newbuilding supervisor for losses of $830,000. The newbuilding supervisor argued that the defects only became apparent at the sea trials and that he was not responsible for the yard’s failure to properly apply the paint. ITIC says, “The main point at issue was what could realistically be detected by a newbuilding supervisor.”

 

A key concern was in relation to one of the hulls, as the mud cracking and unauthorised repairs were evident in 20-30 per cent of the total tank area. It became apparent that the newbuilding supervisor had possibly failed in his duty to adequately supervise the newbuilding, especially in failing to detect the yard’s attempt to cover up poorly adhering paint. Negotiations to settle the claim led to final agreed compensation in the amount of $350,000.

 

Copies of the ITIC Claims Review can be requested from: chris@merlinco.com
 


Shipbuilding

Höegh Readies New Horizon Vessels

Höegh Autoliners ordered the latest additions to its fleet, the New Horizon vessels, in which the information technology on board is fully integrated and connected

VLCC Delivered to Gener8 Maritime

Gener8 Maritime, Inc., a U.S.-based provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services, announced that it has taken delivery of the ECO VLCC the Gener8 Macedon on August 30,

Elcome Supplies Electronics for Abu Dhabi New Builds

Elcome International is supplying electrical switchboards, safety, monitoring and control systems for three vessels under construction at Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB).

Insurance

MN100: MOPS Marine License Insurance

The Company: Since 1935, MOPS Marine License Insurance has defended the USCG licenses of mariners operating in every maritime sector in the United States. Its network of over 80 maritime law firms,

Rickmers Holding, E.R. Capital Drop Merger Plan

Rickmers Holding AG and E.R. Capital Holding have jointly decided not to pursue the merger of their ship management activities.   For many years the companies

Vitol's Malaysia Terminal Suspends Ops after Spill

VTTI, the storage unit of world's largest oil trader Vitol, has suspended operations at its terminal in southern Malaysia following an oil spill, two industry sources said on Friday.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0548 sec (18 req/sec)