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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 

International marine and engineering consulting firm LOC Group has provided technical advice, expertise and support on the wreck removal operations of the 'Thorco Cloud', a cargo vessel that sank in two pieces, a mile apart, within the Singapore Straits Traffic Separation Scheme in Indonesian waters in December 2015.

The wreckage was located at a challenging water depth of about 70m, in a highly congested waterway, and was an extremely complex operation, given the need to minimise disruption to traffic in the channel and reduce the risk of further collisions in busy shipping lanes.

As part of the P&I Club established Casualty Management Team, consisting of a variety of disciplines and companies, the services provided by LOC included:

  • thoroughly assessing and mitigating all risks,
  • acting as extensive liaison with and reporting to authorities and organisations in Indonesia,
  • tendering and evaluating contractors and their methodologies and
  • overseeing the execution of the work. 

Jon Walker, Chairman of LOC Asia Pacific, said: “We are very pleased to have provided technical advice and support on the removal operations of Thorco Cloud. The project presented numerous unique challenges and we have worked closely with the other companies involved to ensure that all the associated risks have been assessed and mitigated as best as possible. LOC Group has a proven track record in wreck removal and our strong local knowledge and expertise have enabled us to deliver best in class support on the project.”

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