Incident at a Major Petroleum Terminal, France

In LOC’s latest project, we were instructed to carry out an onsite inspection and provide technical advice to a London based P&I Club following a substantial FOD incident at a major petroleum terminal, in southern France. An oil/chemical tanke...
Published 2nd September 2016 by ,
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In LOC’s latest project, we were instructed to carry out an onsite inspection and provide technical advice to a London based P&I Club following a substantial FOD incident at a major petroleum terminal, in southern France.

An oil/chemical tanker during berthing manoeuvre had struck a suspended quay and its marine loading arm (MLA) causing considerable damage to both. The damage to the quay resulted in total constructive loss (TCL) of a low level mooring dolphin and critical underwater damage to several deck support piles. The concrete deck was also damaged and the MLA suffered impact damage to its outboard arm and was declared a TCL by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). As a result of the incident several operators using the berth for the transfer of liquid bulk products have been subject to business disruption.

LOC’s involvement following on from the initial ‘post-incident’ attendance has included providing estimates and oversight of the engineering repairs and assessing the case for repair or replacement of the damaged MLA.

The MLA is a relatively delicate and specialised item of equipment which includes articulated swivel joints comprising bearings and seals within the swivel casing.   As a result, assessing the internal damage to the swivels can be a time consuming and costly procedure, usually involving the OEM or a specialist company. LOC have considerable experience of MLA damage investigations and the London office is currently involved with three such cases.

LOC also provided technical advice to the Club on the civil engineering repairs to the mooring dolphin, quay deck and supporting piles, and has followed this up with regular updates on the progress and cost of repairs.

The challenge for LOC has been managing the individual elements of the claim which are all significant in themselves. The terminal operators have carried out works to limit the disruption to their operations by re-routing product lines from the damaged berth to an adjacent berth. LOC has been closely involved in reviewing the re-routing works with the operator and assessing the costs involved.

The civil engineering repairs are now nearing completion and the final claims are expected to be submitted in due course. LOC’s detailed knowledge of the stages of repairs and their progress will play a major part in the assessment and settlement of the final claim.