Insurers’ shipyard familiarisation
Damage encountered in marine losses came into sharp focus recently when Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), referred to as Braemar SA, welcomed an invited group of marine insurance professionals onto its specialist port and shipyard familiarisation course in Falmouth, UK, designed to introduce participants to the technical aspects of marine surveying, investigating, reporting techniques and marine insurance.
Braemar SA has been running this popular initiative for many years, reinforcing its commitment to the industry by providing background knowledge and understanding to marine insurance professionals on important aspects of ship construction, shipyard operations, and their repair procedures.
Nigel Clark, Managing Director at Braemar SA said of the course: “It is always a pleasure to see these courses so well attended, and to experience the enthusiasm and positive feedback of the participants.”
The intensive two-day course included a visit to A&P Falmouth where the medical ship RFA Argus was docked before travelling to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola outbreak. The visit allowed the group to experience the sheer magnitude of the vessel and to gain a greater understanding of ship repair procedures.
The course concluded with a visit to Pendennis Shipyard, where the group discovered at first-hand a building yard and refit facilities. This included a technical presentation from Paul Saunders, Marine Engineer Consultant & Surveyor at Braemar SA covering topics which included the role of a survey; vessel types; Hull & Machinery particulars; marine engines and turbo charging.
On the second day the group toured the World Fuels bunkering facilities at Falmouth where a boat trip around the anchorage afforded participants a chance to see ships being bunkered and in lay-up.
Braemar SA runs these events in Falmouth, Piraeus and Singapore and plans to run a further course in New York.
By Jake Frith
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