We have been instructed on over 2000 FOD investigations

LOC’s  maritime civil engineers have been instructed on over 2000 fixed object damage (FOD) investigation cases in more than 100 different countries around the world.

‘Fixed objects’ can be inshore and port structures such as; quay walls, jetties, dolphins, bridges, breakwaters, and pipelines;  cargo-handling equipment such as loading arms, cranes, and conveyor belts; or offshore structures such as fixed and floating platforms and subsea pipelines; in short, any maritime structure or associated equipment.

Each incident is unique and our involvement varies from case to case, depending on the client’s requirements and, the nature and extent of the damages.  Our engineers provide civil engineering consultancy services and expert advice to the P&I Clubs, insurance companies, lawyers and other members of the maritime engineering community.

Our team of experienced maritime civil engineers, supported by staff from other disciplines can:

  • Undertake initial site investigations to evaluate the cause and nature and extent of the damage
  • Prepare expert reports for litigation
  • Advise on the repair solutions, schedules and costs
  • Advise on or manage both the temporary and permanent repairs to the damaged facility
  • Assess ‘business interruption’ and ‘loss of use’ consequential loss claim, and advise how to minimise them
  • Source specialist new or second-hand cargo handling equipment to expedite the repair process
  • Advise on invitations to tender, bid evaluations and give technical advice on contracts
  • Provide Expert Witness and dispute resolution support services
  • Assist in the settlement of claims
  • Advise on betterment

In addition our maritime civil engineers can provide advice on unsafe port claims and assess whether an FOD may have resulted from a shortcoming in the port or terminal infrastructure.

Case Study

Incident at a Major Petroleum Terminal, France

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...

Case Study

Port Chicago, Concord, California

Port Chicago, Concord, California

This case study involves an incident in Port Chicago, Concord, California.  Although relatively simple at the outset – a vessel with steering failure alliding with a berth causing significant damage – the local circumstances meant that it was anythin...

Fixed Object / in the news

Ship-to-Shore Crane Casualties in Container Terminals

Fixed and floating object (FFO) damage incidents in container terminals can be complex and their cost significant. When these incidents involve ship-to-shore container cranes the specialist nature of the equipment and the potentially high cost of the...
France

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...