Flooding and Fire

A ship's engine control room after immersion for two weeks in salt water

A engine control room after immersion for two weeks in salt water

Attending on board a severely listing product tanker, with the top of the main engine covered in sea water, is not something a surveyor sees every day. Such a sight is disheartening; the damage is caused by salt water to the wires, the motors and the machinery beneath. Immediate mitigation is crucial, time is of the essence, but these two factors are the inhibitors. The hull is likely breached, the water in the engine room is typically contaminated with oil from the ships tanks and the required facilities and equipment to begin an arduous salvage process are hundreds of miles away.

Or  super yacht that has suffered complete gutting due to fire? The intense heat or the amount of water used to fight the fire may have caused the fibre-glass hull to sag, or the aluminium frames in the engine room to have melted. Or a yacht that has suffered water-ingress and mould spores are now present in large quantities, behind maple panels and under the hardwood flooring. Mitigation is crucial and the costs can be immense, the only saving grace being the experience and ability of the surveyor to provide expert judgement and advise on the fastest response possible.

Super yacht extensively damaged by fire

Super yacht engine room and cabins extensively damaged by fire

A critical component of any flooding or fire, whether it has resulted in cargo or machinery damage, or damage to the vessel itself, is the presence of a surveyor who can judge extent and requirement for cost-effective mitigation, salvage, repair and claim adjustment. Can the vessel be towed (safety), can the water be pumped out (pollution risk), is the machinery salvageable (cost) or is the vessel a ‘total constructive loss’ (TCL). If the vessel is TCL then why waste money on emergency salvage operations?

Contact us now to see how we can assist you in the process.