International marine and engineering consultancy LOC has launched a new Hull and Machinery (H&M) service, to be offered group-wide with specialist support from LOC’s main offices in London, Dubai, New York and Singapore.
LOC notes that it already offers a range of marine services and supports all aspects of marine transportation and marine construction. The new H&M service will provide 24/7 marine casualty response support, covering everything from collisions and groundings, to fires, main and auxiliary machinery failures, main and auxiliary boiler failures to deck machinery failures.
The company's H&M experts will attend salvage situations and conduct condition surveys in accordance with the Joint Hull Committee and Nordic formats. The team will also cover ports and terminals and associated marine equipment, builders risk and ship-repairers’ liability, fixed and floating objects and project cargo surveys.
LOC’s team of experts will work with H&M insurers and their insured to prepare damage repair specifications, advising on the merits of competitive tenders, assisting owners’ and managers’ representatives in their negotiations with ship repair yards and ultimately advising H&M insurers on the quantum of repair costs.
The new service is the culmination of nearly two years of recruitment, training and preparation, said Andrew Squire, Chief Executive, LOC.