Kraken Offshore provides marine professionals whom understand the confidential and discretionary nature that clients may require. From the various Surveys, Dry docking, Owners Representation, Risk Mitigation, Superyacht Transportation to Independent Accident Investigation. Early integration of a Kraken Offshore representative into your team; can only aid a successful project.
Dry docking and refit projects
Dry docking projects take significant time and planning, whether planned, for repair, upgrades or emergency docking. Dry dock planning can pull on a lot of internal resources, causing other projects or plans to be placed on hold, permanent crew rotations missed, especially when unexpected. Both our commercial and large superyacht dry docking and refit experience have enabled us to offer independent review and onsite supervision of the work scope, ensuring shipyard and contractor due diligence is maintained at all times. Having a clearly defined dry docking work scope and ensuring individual contractors’ job descriptions and work instructions are often a key to a successful project.
Why do you have to go into dry dock?
The function of a dry docking or lift out is to provide an essential period of repair, maintenance and modification to the vessel. The docks themselves provide the ideal platform to expose the underwater hull of the yacht, ensuring maintenance, assessments and surveys are conducted with ease.
The yacht needs to remain in class and can only do so by conducting relevant surveys, as required by the respective Classification Societies – the aim being to keep the yachts high operating condition and standards, ensuring the marine environment remains undamaged.
Routine docking or lift out schedules are derived from the date of the yacht’s build and should be adjusted to fit in with lulls in the charter season, owners usage and not forgetting the class survey date windows. Docking or lifting out, whether on a routine schedule or for damage repair, is an expensive event for the yacht’s owner. It is prudent therefore to align routine docking periods with modifications and damage repair when possible.
Legislation usually caters for yachts docking twice over a 5-year period. However, certain occasions may allow an ‘In Water’ survey (IWS)* to take place instead of a full dry dock procedure. Recently, Classification societies have extended this out of water docking periods from 5 years to 7.5 years, or eligible vessels that comply with specific Classification requirements, guidance should be sought from the yacht’s classification society.
Expensive cargo transportation such as superyacht cargos has warranted a suitably qualified Marine Warranty Surveyors (MWS) attend and survey high value/high risk load-outs to prepare for transit. Our MWS ensure that the Load Master (or whomever is responsible for the movement and securing of the yacht onboard) conducts operations correctly; ensuring he or she is satisfied with the stowage and calculated securing and tensioning requirements for the forthcoming voyage, thus reducing the high-risk factor associated with high value/high risk cargoes and possibility of future cargo damage claims.
Risk and its mitigation.
Kraken Offshore Master Mariners are also experienced Marine Warranty Surveyors and are used to the fundamental aim of making sure reasonable endeavours are enacted and that the risks associated with the project at hand, are reduced to an acceptable level; by ensuring he is satisfied that the operations are conducted in accordance with previously agreed procedures, and recognised international codes of practices and within the equipment’s defined safe operating limits whilst monitoring operations.
Our personnel can combine their Offshore and Super yacht experience to provide a professional insight and understanding into risk awareness, prevention and mitigation; enabling us to provide workable and practicable risk assessments. From ROV launching, internal docking to tender launching from tight garages, we have done it.
Regular attendance on site by our experienced Master Mariners on behalf of the owner’s interests during construction of a new build, refit or undergoing modifications; may identify potential problems and ensure solutions are promptly found to ensure smooth progress. Paying particular attention to detail, whilst working closely with the various contractors and Class Surveyors will ensure minimum delays, warranty work and downtimes are avoided. From experience, our independent on-site personnel can be best placed to take some of the excessive acceptance pressure off the vessels Master, during the exceptionally busy period during the commissioning equipment and vessel acceptance trials.
Pre-purchase and condition surveys
Kraken Offshore surveyors can undertake independent pre-purchase surveys to advise prospective buyers on the current condition of the yacht that they wish to purchase.
Independent Marine Accident Investigation
In any organisation, things don’t always go to plan. You need to prepare to deal with unexpected events in order to reduce their consequences. Kraken Offshore offers Independent marine accident investigations, which can form an essential part of your monitoring process you could be required to carry out. Incidents, including near misses, can tell you a lot about how things actually are in reality.
Investigating your accidents will help you uncover and correct any breaches in health and safety, legal compliance you may have been unaware of onboard. The fact that you thoroughly investigated an incident and took remedial action to prevent further occurrences would help demonstrate to any court that your client has a positive attitude to health and safety. The investigation findings will also provide essential information for your insurers in the event of a claim.