LOC has launched a new Hull and Machinery (H&M) service. The service will be offered group-wide, with specialist support from LOC’s main offices in London, Dubai, New York and Singapore.

LOC already offers an extensive range of marine services and supports all aspects of marine transportation and marine construction.  The new H&M service will provide 24/7 marine casualty response support, covering everything from collisions and groundings, to fires, main and auxiliary machinery failures, main and auxiliary boiler failures to deck machinery failures.

LOC’s H&M experts will attend salvage situations and conduct condition surveys in accordance with the Joint Hull Committee and Nordic formats.  The team will also cover ports and terminals and associated marine equipment, builders risk and ship-repairers’ liability, fixed and floating objects and project cargo surveys.

LOC’s team of experts will work with H&M insurers and their insured to prepare damage repair specifications, advising on the merits of competitive tenders, assisting owners’ and managers’ representatives in their negotiations with ship repair yards and ultimately advising H&M insurers on the quantum of repair costs.

The new service is the culmination of nearly two years of recruitment, training and preparation, Andrew Squire, Chief Executive, LOC says;

“LOC’s new H&M service will provide our customers with expert advice delivered by a highly skilled team with broad experience and global reach, no matter where or what the incident might be.

“Our regional teams have extensive specialist knowledge; they are surveyors, marine engineers, master mariners and naval architects with years of operating experience either at sea, in ship management roles, in shipyard repair positions or a combination of both.

“This was a natural next step for LOC. Since our establishment in 1979, we have consistently provided our clients with top quality professional services, worldwide expert cover and exceptionally rapid response times.”

Mark McGurran, Group Hull & Machinery Manager, who will be leading the new service adds;

“LOC has a long established, excellent reputation for assisting energy underwriters and International Group Member P&I Clubs with the handling of marine incidents, casualties and port damages.

“Our surveyors, who include master mariners, marine engineers, naval architects, civil engineers, electrical engineers, salvage experts (including special casualty representatives – SCR), pride themselves on building longstanding trusted relationships with our principals.

“We are valued for our experience, consistency and quick response to any incident, worldwide, and we look forward to offering the same professional, expert level of service to the global H&M market.”