Reducing the risk of propulsion loss – new guidance

11/09/17

Bureau Veritas, TMC Marine, the casualty and salvage experts, and the London P&I Club, have issued a new booklet providing operational guidance for preventing blackout and main engine failures, which is launched during the London International Shipping Week 2017.

 

Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, September 11, 2017 - In a joint project, leading international classification society Bureau Veritas and TMC Marine, a Bureau Veritas Group Company since 2016, have cooperated again with the London P&I Club to produce the second booklet in a series on loss prevention issues.

 

This new publication focuses on the marine engineering issues and procedures related to loss of propulsion incidents - and how to prevent them.

 

Blackouts, propulsion limitations, total loss of propulsion and loss of steerage capability are all serious incidents when they occur during navigation in non-congested waters. However, when incidents such as these occur during manoeuvring in restricted areas such as traffic lanes, when entering or leaving port, or when a vessel is navigating close to a coast during heavy weather, the risk to the vessel and personnel is critical and may result in a major casualty.

 

The purpose of the new booklet is to provide general guidance and practical advice to marine engineers and ship owners on blackout and main engine failures, the risks associated with propulsion loss and the precautions that can be taken to prevent these risks. It is not intended to replace IMO regulations and guidance notes or documentation forming part of a vessel’s safety management system; the guidance is a practical tool for all involved in shipping. 

 

Jean-François Segrétain, Technical Director, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, commenting said,  ‘The industry is aware of the continued incidence of blackouts and propulsion loss. We consider it important that the industry has an easy to use, concise, guide to the risks involved and, importantly, the guidance on the risk management tools that can reduce the risk of propulsion loss. The expertise of class, P&I and TMC is a strong combination. We will continue to provide guidance to help reduce risk in marine operations.’

 

Carl Durow, Loss Prevention Manager, London P&I Club said that proper root cause analysis of loss of propulsion incidents regardless of severity is key to risk mitigation. ‘The Club has seen an increase in the number of machinery failure related cases in recent years. This publication is aimed at raising awareness of the necessary good practices and post incident investigation activities, which in combination can result in a much reduced risk of significant claims. In the majority of cases it is the timing and location of the incident which dictates the severity of the claim.’


Stephen Tierney, Managing Director, TMC Marine said that raising awareness is vital. ‘We hope that this guidance will help those onboard and in management positions ashore to reduce the risk of propulsion loss. The combined experience of our Bureau Veritas, the London P&I Club and our expertise at TMC provides the insight to understand what is required to reduce risk.’

 

The first booklet in the ‘Reducing the Risk’ series Reducing the Risk of Liquefaction, was published in March 2017.


 

 

About Bureau Veritas


Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 69,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe.

 

Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

 

Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.

 


About the London P&I Club


The London P&I Club is one of the world’s leading mutual marine liability insurers. It is a prominent member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, playing a key role in coordinating and promoting the collective strength of the P&I industry on behalf of the global shipowning community.

 

 

About TMC Marine


Providing advice and support to the marine industry since 1979. TMC’s greatest strength is the quality of its people offering a comprehensive range of marine consultancy services through a team of experienced consultant surveyors (naval architects, marine engineers and master mariners) assisted by an in-house technical support team. The company employs over 40 people in the UK and around the world, and has worked on some of the world’s major marine casualties and salvage operations in nearly 40 years of activity.

 

Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI.

 

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Contacts:

 

Nicholas Brown
Bureau Veritas
+ 33 (0) 6 04 91 72 41

 

 

Capucine Rios
Bureau Veritas
+33 (0) 6 30 47 09 81

 

 


 

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