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Inaugural PaperBen Vree CEO, SMIT International BV, The Netherlands Synopsis: NONE REQUIRED

Review of Z-Tech Design EvolutionRobert G. Allan President, Robert Allan Limited, Canada Synopsis: This paper will include a complete review of the Z-Tech design Evolution, including Panama and the 75 tonne series.

Ocean Towage - A New Era for SalvorsPeter Lee Kon Meng General Manager , Semco Pte Ltd , Singapore Synopsis: Today, modern company practice dictates that assets must be gainfully utilised. For traditional salvors, the general decline in salvage work especially within South East Asia means that it is no longer feasible to have dedicated salvage stations. Most salvage tugs are now used primarily for towing, with salvage becoming more or less secondary priority as emphasis is now on utilisation and returns on assets. How have these changed the designs of today's ocean salvage tugs? The need to move away from these traditional tug configurations to meet modern requirements and work roles is one of the reasons that we have embarked on a fleet renewal new building programme, with the construction of 2 x 165 tons bollard pull ocean salvage / towing tugs in 1999. In the paper, I will discuss some of these challenges in greater detail. The huge fundamental change in the tugs' specifications was not easily accepted back then. Despite the success of the tugs' performance, there were valuable lessons learnt from some of the design flaws, which we have learnt and I will share these with the industry in the paper. All these changes were applied to the 3 X 157 tons bollard pull ocean salvage / towing tugs, which were delivered to us 2007.

P&I Risks in Offshore, Towage and Salvage Do you have the cover you need?Charles Hume Chief Executive, Shipowners' Protection Limited, UK Synopsis: This paper would focus on the specialist risks associated with each of these sectors rather than spend much, if any, time on the elements of standard P&I cover (which the audience will be familiar with). The paper will cover: Towage by; Towage of; Extended towage; Offshore contracts knock for knock; Contractual extensions; Specialist operations; Special cover for Salvors Salvors' Oil Pollution; Salvors' negligence A number of actual or theoretical scenarios would be used to demonstrate the operation of the cover in practice. The idea would be to give an overview of the cover issues from a general Club perspective rather than in any way putting forward an SOP marketing pitch.

Towage Industry in the Eyes of BeholdersHiroyuki Saito Senior Managing Director, Tokyo Kisen Co Ltd, Japan Kees van Biert Consultant, JBR Management Consultants, The Netherlands Synopsis: With growing global economy and competitive pressure, towage companies world-wide have been trying to become more cost-efficient, to adopt more enticing and profitable marketing techniques, to deploy ever-sophisticated tug technologies and to expand geographically. The key for towage companies to survive and succeed depends upon how these strategies and operational endeavours positively affect the perception that customers and maritime community members have for towage companies. This paper addresses the issue of how towage companies can raise their professional status, industry standard and brand values. The focus will be on the customers' perception of the towage industry. Questionnaire survey is conducted for both the towage companies world-wide, and shipping companies and agents. Based on the survey we will discuss from both economic and noneconomic side such an issue as to how it is possible for towage companies to establish themselves as being more reputable and legitimate, thus leading to success.

The Advantages of Diesel Electric Propulsion Systems for Off-Shore VesselsVince Rodomista Product Strategist, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, USA Synopsis: This paper is aimed at exploring the different propulsion system solutions for off-shore vessels, with focus on the advantages of a diesel-electric solution including: installation, fuel consumption, emissions, and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the paper includes a study on experiences of leading industry off-shore vessel operators with diesel-electric propulsion systems.

KBV/Damen Multi Purpose ShipsBert-Jan ter Riet



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Product Director Offshore and Transport Dept., Damen, The Netherlands Ake Dagnevik Technical Director, Swedish Coastguard, Sweden Synopsis: In December 2005, Kustbevakningen (KBV), the Swedish Coastguard, awarded Damen Shipyards the contract to build two Multi Purpose Ships, MPV 8216. Both highly advanced and extremely multi functional vessels, unique in their design and their ability to perform so many different operations, are currently under construction at the Damen Shipyards Galatz facilities in Romania. KBV developed the principal design based on their vast operational experience in the widest variety of Coast Guard duties, utilised their experience with their current existing fleet and organised numerous brain-storm sessions with both internal experts and crew and renowned consultants in specialist fields. Jointly with KBV, Damen transferred the design concept and operational demands into a feasible design and building documentation. The vessels have, amongst others, capabilities to perform: Emergency towing (100 tons Bollard Pull), recovery of oil from the sea both by means of sweeping (open sea) and by means of booms (confined waters) especially suited for the harsh and cold Baltic conditions; SAR operations; Patrol duties. A vessel speed of 16 knots is required for rapid deployment in emergency situations as well as the performance of patrol duties. The vessels are obviously able to sail in ice, have a full Dynamic Positioning system and many other dedicated features. On top of applying the best possible materials and highest quality execution, extra difficulty was found to fit all design requirements into the relatively limited volume of space: the vessels are only 80m in length, 16m wide. In April 2007, the contract for a third (nearly) sister vessel was awarded. This typical Cinderella, with a nearly identical outside, hides the most beautiful inside. She will be equipped for chemical recovery and brand new techniques will be applied to meet the extreme demands to safely recover the widest range of most dangerous substances and leaking containers from the sea, with both vessel and crew being able to remain safely operating in such extraordinary and threatening circumstances. In a joint presentation, both KBV and Damen will focus on the operational as well as the building process.

A Personal Review of the Lighthearted and More Serious Aspects of the Marine Salvage IndustryCapt. Mark Hoddinott Managing Director Europe, Titan Maritime ( UK ) Limited, UK Synopsis: Marine salvage is an exciting and rewarding business for those who are successful. As with most industries, it has its lighter side and a good joke and a laugh will often relieve the tension and pressure during an operation, particularly if it is not going quite to plan. At the other end of the scale, marine salvage is a risky business and has its more serious side. This paper, and the presentation to follow, is a personal review of both the lighter and more serious sides of the industry.

100 Years of Lloyds Form - A Vehicle for ChangeJohn C. Reeder Q.C. Lloyds Maritime Arbitration, UK Synopsis: A brief history of LOF. Defining Rights and Duties Reaction to legal decisions: the Teh Hu, the Tojo Maru and the Nagasaki Spirit. Salvage and the Environment The Safety Net. Incorporation of Article 14 of the 1989 Convention. Scopic The Future: Liability Salvage Revisited?

Black Beards or White Knights? The Public Profile of Salvage.Richard Harvey Partner, Reed Smith Richards Butler, UK Synopsis: Property salvage versus environmental salvage. Keeping the oil where it belongs - in the ship and off the beach. The SOSREP concept and his close liaison with salvors. ETVs. Ports of refuge. The UK 's Maritime Strategy plan. The EU's Maritime Strategy plan. EU directive on ship-source pollution. OPA 90 responders. Responder immunity. Role of the salvor under the new Wreck Removal Convention. The need for salvors to sell their product to a wider audience than shipowners and insurers.

Future of the LOF - The Salvors's PerspectiveTo be advised, International Salvage Union, UK Synopsis: Still to come

Salvage of the NapoliRobin Middleton SOSREP (Former), UK Doug Martin Salvage Master, SMIT Salvage Americas Inc., USA Synopsis: To come.

Container Casualties - What cargo is on board and how do we handle the information required to deal with it?Jim Chubb Director, BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys Limited, UK Fokko Ringersma Karel Doormanweg 47 (Haven 580), Mammoet Salvage, The Netherlands Synopsis: Unlike many casualties with a container ship there is always the big question, what is on board and how do you get that information to those who need it in a prompt manner and in a format that can be readily assimilated and adapted for various needs? Commercial and Freedom of Information considerations can restrict cargo manifests being readily passed on. La