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Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Nikos Benetis . Photo: LOC Group

LOC Appoints Group Director for Hull, Machinery, Due Diligence Services

London Offshore Consultants (LOC) Group announced the appointment of Nikos Benetis as Group Director of Hull & Machinery and Due Diligence Services.Nikos has been with LOC since 2017, previously in the role of Director of Financial Institution Advisory Services, and takes on his new role as part of the Group’s ongoing initiative to structure its shipping division to reflect the changes in the industry and client’s needs.According to a press release from the marine and engineering consultancy to the world’s shipping and offshore energy industries…

FIRST ASIAN MARINE CASUALTY FORUM A HIGHLIGHT OF SINGAPORE MARITIME WEEK 2015 Photo LOC

2nd Asian Marine Casualty Forum Launched

Following the success of the inaugural Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) in 2015 and by popular demand, the bi-annual industry forum aimed at addressing the current crises in maritime casualty management, is back for the second time running and officially launched in Singapore today. The much welcomed not-for–profit event with its“arranged by the industry for the industry” feature remains and already, sponsorship response has been well beyond expectations. LOC Group (LOC), the leading international maritime consultancy group…

LOC Boosts London Team

International marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group has moved one of its top performers from Asia back to London to focus on growing the company’s shipping services in London and around the world. Nick Haslam, Group Director of Shipping Services, joined LOC almost 20 years ago and has been based in Singapore for the last nine years. He has returned to London to focus on business development and intends to further grow the expert team over the next 12-18 months. A Class 1 Master Mariner…

Nick Haslam, Group Director of Shipping Services Photo LOC

LOC Boosts London Team

Leading international marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group, has moved one of its top performers from Asia back to London to focus on growing the company’s shipping services in London and around the world. Nick Haslam, Group Director of Shipping Services, joined LOC almost 20 years ago and has been based in Singapore for the last nine years. He has returned to London to focus on business development and intends to further grow the expert team over the next 12-18 months.

Mark McGurran Photo LOC Group

McGurran Leads LOC Group's Hull and Machinery Services

London Offshore Consultants (LOC), a leading global marine and engineering consultancy for the shipping and offshore energy industry, has appointed Mark McGurran as the Group Director for Hull and Machinery Services. “It is with great pleasure that I am able to advise that as from September 2016, Mark McGurran has accepted the role and will continue to be based in Singapore. He will work closely with LOC Group and the regional hub offices in ensuring our continued growth and expansion into this valuable market”, said Nick Haslam, Group Director for Shipping Services of LOC.

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Tanker Contamination Claims

One of the most common areas of bulk oil cargo claims is cargo contamination which occurs during the transfer of bulk liquid cargoes, says  Captain Paul D. Hall, Director, London Offshore Consultants, IUMI Professional Partner, LOC Group. Cargo contamination can be of either ship or shore origin. To minimise shipboard risk, all pipelines, valves, pumps and tanks should be properly cleaned and drained ready to load the next cargo. The manifolds must be clearly labelled and the minimum amounts of ship’s pipelines used onboard with the appropriate two valve segregation to non-compatible grades.

LOC Appoints Rutler as Group CFO

International marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group has appointed Jerome Rutler to the newly created post of Group Chief Operating Officer, responsible for LOC’s global operations including marine assurance and risk, energy and shipping sectors. Rutler has worked for more than 20 years in the oil and gas, petrochemicals and marine industries for a variety of companies, EPCI (engineering, procurement, construction and installation), consultancy and technical advisory. He also has experience as a company director, with particular expertise in management, operations and strategy.

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LOC, Studio Navale Canepa Join Forces

Leading international marine and engineering consultancy LOC Group has announced a collaboration agreement with marine survey experts Studio Navale Canepa (SNC) of Italy. Together the two organisations are combining expertise and their global networks to offer unrivalled casualty services to the Italian market. SNC specialises in providing Hull & Machinery related casualty surveying services to the Italian insurance and shipping sectors through its in-house team, supported by a network of trusted associates.

Jonathan Britain

Jonathan Appointed LOC Group's London MD

In line with LOC’s continual global growth and strengthening of the senior management team,  Britain has been appointed as Managing Director of the London operation. Jonathan Britain joins LOC as Managing Director, LOC London having previously headed-up Bureau Veritas’s UK industry division. A mechanical engineer by background, he brings with him a wealth of operational management expertise. Prior to Bureau Veritas, he worked for GL Noble Denton, Germanischer Lloyd and Advantica.

LOC Group Announces Two Appointments

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group (London Offshore Consultants) announced appointments in two new positions; John Quarrington has joined the company in London as Group Marine Warranty Surveying Manager and Mark McGurran has been appointed to the Singapore office in the role of Asia Regional Hull & Machinery Coordinator. John Quarrington is based in London where he will be supporting the Group Energy Services Director (Alex Harrison) with the continued development of LOC’s global marine warranty surveying activities across its 33 offices.

Salvage, Wreck Removal Beset with Chronic Problems

The basic nature of maritime casualties, salvage and wreck removal has evolved rapidly over the last few years. Ships and offshore constructions have become more technologically elaborate, and in many cases simply bigger and more complex than ever. There isincreasing concern about whether current international legislation and industry practices cancope with the issues. Many are skeptical regarding the fundamental format of casualty contracts, questioning if they are justchronically outdated.

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Launch of Asian Marine Casualty Forum

An industry forum aimed at producing a practical response to the current crises in maritime casualty management was officially launched in Singapore today. LOC Group (LOC), the leading international maritime consultancy group, is set to host the forum, the first of its kind, as a cornerstone gathering during the forthcoming Singapore Maritime Week (April 20-24, 2015). Singapore is the perfect location for this initiative being one of the busiest hubs for shipping and a centre of excellence for the management of casualties in the region.

Andrew Pointing (Photo courtesy: LOC)

LOC Appoints Pointing as Group Director

LOC Group Ltd (London Offshore Consultants) has appointed Andrew Pointing into the newly created role of Group Director, Marine Assurance and Risk. This new position is part of an ongoing restructuring process which sees LOC creating a number of group-wide roles to ensure its business sectors are fully coordinated across regional boundaries. The company recently created a Group Director for Shipping Services and Group Director for Energy Services. Andrew’s initial task will be to focus on developing LOC’s services in the areas of dynamic positioning…

Alex Harrison

LOC Appoints Harrison, Solomons

London Offshore Consultants (LOC) announced that Alex Harrison has assumed a new LOC Group role as Group Director, Energy Services effective October 13, 2014, after stepping down as Managing Director of LOC Australia. Taking over Harrison's role in Australia with effect from this same date is Adam Solomons. Harrison was a Director of LOC in London before transferring in 2005 to head LOC Australia which is now the second largest earnings generator in the LOC Group. He joined the LOC Group Ltd board in 2011.

LOC Establishes Mumbai Office

London Offshore Consultants (LOC) has opened an office in the district of Vile Parle East in Mumbai, India. Paul Miles, Regional Head of the Middle East, India and Caspian for the LOC Group said, “We have recruited Rohan Murray who is a marine engineer and Captain Valentine Dias as a marine consultant with Mark Lomas and I overseeing the management during the initial stages. Mark Lomas is the Director of LOC Middle East and India. Miles added, “LOC has been very active in India for a number of years and we are very optimistic that this office will grow in the current expanding market.

Captain Nick Haslam

Haslam Joins London Offshore Consultants Board

Andrew Squire, Chief Executive of London Offshore Consultants (LOC) welcomed Captain Nick Haslam to the newly created Board position of Group Director, Shipping Services. "Nick’s crucial new global role will involve working closely with the four regional directors in developing shipping services within the LOC Group," Squire explained. Captain Haslam joined LOC in 1997, was a Director with LOC London prior to taking up the position of Managing Director of LOC in Singapore in 2008, developing the office into the LOC Group’s second largest of 27 worldwide offices.

Seoul, photo courtesy of LOC Group

LOC Group Furthers Growth in Asia

LOC Seoul opens, Korean country manager appointed London Offshore Consultants, a global company in marine and engineering consultancy for the shipping and offshore energy sectors, has further expanded its footprint in Asia, successfully registering LOC Seoul and opening the company's first office in South Korea. "Initially concentrating on the vibrant energy markets, our ultimate objective is for LOC Seoul to cover all aspects of our work," said Captain Jon Walker, Regional Head of Asia for the LOC Group.

Dr. Robin Bidwell

Bidwell Appointed as LOC Group Chairman

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group announced Dr. Robin Bidwell, CBE as its nonexecutive chairman. For 35 years, Dr. Bidwell built and led Environmental Resources Management (ERM) the global environmental advisory firm employing more than 5000 employees in over 40 countries. He currently holds a number of nonexecutive appointments (private sector, public sector and charities) and was awarded a CBE in 1999 for services to the environment. Dr. Bidwell’s appointment is a further commitment to LOC’s global development.

Kenny Ong, Manager of LOC's new Vietnam office in the port of Vung Tau, which will formally begin operations in May 2013. Photo: LOC

London Offshore Consultants Expands in Asia

London Offshore Consultants (LOC) announced further expansion in Asia Pacific with the opening of a new office in Vietnam. The new office in the port of Vung Tau, which will formally begin operations in May, will be managed by Kenny Ong, who is highly experienced in major offshore oil and gas projects across Asia, especially in Vietnam. The office will provide oil majors, contractors, underwriters, and other insurers operating in Vietnam’s oil and gas sectors with specialist consultancy services for planning, design and execution of complex, high-value marine and energy-based operations.

Kenny Ong: Photo credit LOC

London Offshore Consultants Open Vietnam Office

Marine and engineering consultancy, London Offshore Consultants (LOC) open new Vung Tau office managed by Kenny Ong. The new office will formally begin operations in May, managed by Kenny Ong, who is highly experienced in major offshore oil and gas projects across Asia, especially in Vietnam. The office will provide oil majors, contractors, underwriters, and other insurers operating in Vietnam’s oil and gas sectors with specialist consultancy services for planning, design and execution of complex, high-value marine and energy-based operations.

Andrew Squire, LOC Group Chief Executive Officer.

LOC Celebrates 25 Years in Singapore

Planning to Expand Further in the Region. London Offshore Consultants (LOC), one of the world’s leading independent marine and offshore industry consultancy firms, is set to expand its activities and office network in Asia Pacific, it announced. LOC provides a range of specialist consultancy services on planning, design and execution of high value, complex marine and energy based operations through to technical advice on major shipping casualties. Its customers include the world’s leading oil and gas majors…