Brookes Bell Explores BestPractice in Salvage and Wreck Removal Following GOODFAITH grounding

Groundings, Salvage, Towage, Wreck Removals — By on September 12, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Brookes Bell logoSingapore, 12 September, 2016  Brookes Bell Group, the leading multidisciplinary consultancy to the maritime and energy sectors, will be at the 5th Annual Salvage & Wreck Asia Conference 2016 in Singapore discussing best industry practice in salvage and wreck removal operations, regarding the bulk carrier GOODFAITH.

The 27,308DWT GOODFAITH ran aground off Andros Island, Greece, in February 2015, presenting an unusual and challenging salvage and wreck removal operation. The ship was wedged in a saddle of rock in adverse weather conditions, suffering a 9,5° list to the portside. The risk that she would shift from the saddle and sink was high. Furthermore, the ship was travelling in ballast and already incredibly light, meaning that the usual route of dumping ballast or discharging cargo to ease the refloating process was not an option.

Brookes Bell’s Special Casualty Representative (SCR), Graeme Bowles, was appointed to attend the salvage operation conducted under Lloyd’s LOF with SCOPIC to remove pollutants. Brookes Bell was also instructed to manage the tendering process to appoint contractors for the challenging wreck removal project. Brookes Bell’s multidisciplinary overview ensured best practice, utilising an innovative and transparent tender process.

The process initiated was highly unusual. In many cases, the constraints for salvage and wreck removal operations centre on costs.  However, as the GOODFAITH had run aground in a tourist area, a quick, clean and timely removal operation was of the utmost importance. Brookes Bell ensured that the tendering process identified ‘certainty’ as a key factor in selecting the successful bidder.

Bowles commented: “Certainty was emphasized as the most important factor in the tender process for GOODFAITH. It allowed all bidders to come up with their individual innovative solutions, and also ensured that smaller, less well-known salvage companies were given the opportunity to demonstrate their skill and ideas.”

In addition, the bidding practice was fully transparent: all participants in the bidding process had the chance to access the ship before LOF was terminated, which is not always the case. Once all the tenders were in, Brookes Bell designed a complex matrix with scoring based on reasoned technical analysis in order to ascertain the best outcome.

Having a truly transparent and analytical tender process ensured that the ship was refloated and removed in the safest and timeliest manner.  The operational timeline was also transparent and was shared between all interested parties.  The appointed contractor stuck to the predetermined time table and actually completed ahead of schedule.  The time line allowed interested parties, and crucially the P&I club, to monitor costs as they happened.

Brookes Bell believes that the transparency and analytical nature of the tender process allowed the successful outcome: it should be adopted more widely across the industry.

Bowles said: “For a successful salvage and wreck removal operation, flexibility is absolutely key. The transparent tender process and particularly the complex matrix that Brookes Bell designed were well received by the interested parties, including the successful tender and the P&I club, demonstrating best practice for salvage and wreck removal operations.”

To hear more about how the challenges of refloating the GOODFAITH were overcome, and how the tender process was managed, listen to Graeme Bowles’s presentation at Salvage and Wreck Asia 2016, Singapore, 14:05 on Tuesday 13thSeptember.


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