Activities

This page provides brief summaries of some representative (but not exhaustive) activities in which I have participated, both before and after setting up Aulis Insights.

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Instructed in a contractual arbitration. Aryana Shipping Limited — P.T. Sukses Osean Khatulistiwa Line. The Sukses XI.
Instructed by cargo interests in the grounding of an outbound container vessel at the port of Xiamen. Provided technical expertise on navigational systems. The CMA CGM Libra.
Instructed by insurers to provide technical advisory reports on the allision between an outbound laden oil tanker and a petroleum jetty in western Singapore. The Falcon GraceVopak Terminals Pte Ltd, Singapore Petroleum Co. Ltd., Singapore Cleanseas Pte. Ltd. Matter in progress.
Obtained VTIS data and prepared a computer plot and expert report on behalf of P&I insurers on a collision between two harbour craft in Singapore with the resultant foundering of one. The SC 0246E — the SC 4588A. Instructed by The Shipowners' P&I Club on behalf of SC 0246E interests. Computer reconstruction and report completed.
Preparing expert report on the grounding of a laden VLCC in the Karimata Strait, April 2017. The Alex. Instructed by Clyde & Co. on behalf of cargo interests. Matter in progress.
Provided an expert report on behalf of charterer on a cargo of plate glass damaged en route between Rostov-on-Don and Izmir. Guardian Skelko Rostov LLC — AR Shipping and Trading Limited. The Nali. Instructed by Dentons UKMEA LLP on behalf of cargo interests. Investigation and report completed.
Provided an expert witness report on behalf of P&I and Japanese insurers for a collision in Singapore involving a container ship and a tug and tow. The NYK Themis — the AZ Fuzhou — the AZ Carnation. Instructed by Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP on behalf of NYK Themis interests. Completed expert witness report and supplementary report. Matter amicably settled out of court, July 2017.
Provided an expert witness report with computer analysis on behalf of Korean insurers for a collision in the Singapore Straits involving a capesize bulk carrier and an LNG carrier. The Mount Apo — the Hanjin Ras Laffan. Instructed by Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP on behalf of Hanjin Ras Laffan interests.Matter in progress.
Conducted a technical review of applicable rules and regulations for dredging in Malaysian waters. Instructed by Suflan T H Liew & Partners, Kuala Lumpur on behalf of undisclosed clients.
Reviewed documentation relating to the collapse of a deck crane during loading at a Malaysian port with subsequent commercial losses. Assessed liability. Wrote expert witness report with a view to giving evidence at trial in Kuantan. Created simple 3D dynamic simulation of crane movements for use in Court. Instructed by Suflan T H Liew & Partners, Kuala Lumpur on behalf of Pacific Insurance Berhad. 3D video will be posted once matter is concluded. The Jin Hai Zhong. Matter in progress.
Analysed an expert witness report relating to the loss of a bulk carrier most likely due to liquefaction. Provided advice and comments for owner's insurance and legal representatives. Instructed by Clyde & Co Clasis, Singapore on behalf of Swiss Re. The Vinalines Queen. Vinalines Queen
Prepared an expert witness report addressing the frustrated sale of an oil field support vessel which was to be heard in the Singapore Court but was settled on the first day of proceedings. Instructed by Global Law Alliance LLC, Singapore on behalf of EG Marine Pte. Ltd. The Teras Bandicoot.
Reviewed technical documentation in order to address potential liability for a liquefaction-linked foundering. Potential Malaysian Court matter. Instructed by Suflan T H Liew & Partners, Kuala Lumpur, on behalf of Pacific Insurance Berhad. The Bulk Jupiter.
Analysed a contract relating to T&I and HUC for an Extended Well Test project in East Malaysia in order to establish cause of delays. The contract involved provision of a Marine Spread, laying of a flow line from a Tarpon to CALM Buoy, deploying and tensioning of anchors and cables and hook-up of the buoy and EWT vessel. Prepared an expert witness statement for use in Malaysian Courts. Provided expert witness testimony at Shah Alam High Court. Instructed by Shearn Delamore & Co., Kuala Lumpur on behalf of Malaysian Shipping Agencies Sdn Bhd.
Used historical AIS data to analyse the movement of vessels and the distribution of pooled bunkers for legal representatives pursuant to a bunker supplier bankruptcy in Singapore. Identified and catalogued the time and place of losses. Instructed by Hill Dickinson, Singapore on behalf of Gulf Petrochem Pte Ltd.
Provided  2D and 3D reconstructions and supporting expert evidence in a claim relating to anchor damage to a submarine telecommunications cable for use in a Malaysian Court. Instructed by Shearn Delamore & Co., Kuala Lumpur on behalf of Telekom Malaysia Berhad. Cable Damage
Used source VDR encoded data from a faulty VDR unit to reconstruct a collision sequence off Korea on behalf of owners and an International Group P&I Club and provided 2D and 3D motion sequences of bridge and radar views for use in a South Korean Court. These helped reverse decisions made by a lower court. Instructed by Cyprus Maritime Co. Ltd., Athens through Britannia P&I Club. The Panamax Blessing. Radar Reconstruction
Attended a collision incident between two cargo vessels off Thailand. Took statements secured evidence and wrote an opinion on liability on behalf of owners and insurers. Instructed by Clyde & Co., Piraeus on behalf of Gard P&I Club. The CN Jumbos — the Anton Topic. Anton Topic
Analysed various voyages for a vessel allegedly provided with off-spec fuel. Showed that despite assertions to the contrary the vessel had in fact used most of the fuel with existing equipment and without any fuel treatment. Instructed by Clyde & Co Clasis, Singapore on behalf of CJ International Asia Pte Ltd. The Jupiter.
Attended a site in Angola to investigate the total loss of a jack-up rig off the mouth of the Congo River. Provided a very comprehensive report and 3D animation to show that the loss was due to a catastrophic punch-through. Instructed by Clyde & Co, London on behalf of Saipem. The Perro Negro 6. Perro Negro 6
Developed a 3D reconstruction of a collision and allision in the Karnafuli River at Chittagong which occurred some 9 years previously.  Used contemporaneous statements to reconstruct events with a view to ascertaining whether or not the port was safe. Instructed as expert witness. Instructed by Cyprus Maritime Co. Ltd., Athens. The Commander Express. Commander Express
Conducted a thorough review of documents provided by a major insurer in relation to oil cargo losses allegedly incurred during shipments from offshore Vietnamese oilfields to the receiving terminals. Pinpointed areas of concern and showed where the loss control strategy and operation could be improved. Instructed by Clyde & Co Clasis, Singapore on behalf of AXA Insurance, Singapore.
Used 3D computer techniques to analyse events surrounding a fatal fall from an oil rig under construction at a Singapore shipyard. Video not posted on this site due to sensitive nature of the incident. Instructed by Clyde & Co, London on behalf of insurers
Acted as expert witness in Kuala Lumpur Court for a matter involving the total loss of a barge and cargo off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia allegedly due to overloading. Provided evidence to successfully support the view that the barge was not overloaded. Instructed by T H Liew & Partners, Kuala Lumpur on behalf of the barge owners, Perusahaan Sinar Jaya Sdn Bhd.
Analysed documents and provided a report to show that a sub-sea pipeline off Jakarta had been damaged by a particular barge on a particular day. This involved analyses of the movements of two marine spreads. Instructed by Clyde & Co Clasis. Singapore on behalf of the insurers, PT. Tugu Pratama, Jakarta.
Analysed documents and provided a report to show that a tug had anchored in a Malaysian oil field and damaged a sub-sea pipeline. Supported lawyers in the Kuala Lumpur Court. Instructed by T.H. Liew & Partners on behalf of Newfield Peninsula Malaysia Inc.
Attended a grounded supramax bulk carrier laden with nickel ore at Teluk Buli in Halmahera.  Investigated the causes and influencing circumstances and reported to the P&I Club. Instructed by The North of England P&I Club through Clyde & Co, Singapore. The Noble Hawk. NobleHawk
Attended a site in East Malaysia where a container crane had collapsed during load-out from a transportation barge. Assessed the transportation and load-out procedures and provided a detailed technical report for insurers with conclusions as to the cause of the loss. Instructed by Clyde & Co Singapore on behalf of Munich Re. Crane Collapse
Attended a laden capesize vessel involved in multiple collisions after the loss of both anchors at an anchorage off Singapore. Wrote a technical report after taking witness statements and advised owner's legal and insurance representatives. Instructed by The London P&I Club through Clyde & Co Singapore. Good Luck
Developed 2D and 3D simulations of a collision off the Philippines involving a supramax bulk carrier and a reefer vessel. Used wireframe 3D tools to develop witness statements since VDR and AIS were defective. Produced a 2D and 3D reconstruction of events. Instructed by Clyde & Co, London on behalf of Ro Ro Shipping Holdings LLC. The Ocean Express 1 — the Navios Celestial. Ocean Express
Developed a very complex 2D computer reconstruction of a collision in India where only the VDR of our client’s vessel was available and no information from the opponent's vessel was forthcoming. Instructed by Clyde & Co, Hong Kong, on behalf of vessel owners. The Oriental Marguerite — the Kamal XXIX. Oriental Marguerite
Used client’s VDR to construct a 2D computer reconstruction of a collision off Singapore involving a container crane carrier and a bulk carrier. Instructed by Clyde & co Singapore on behalf of PICC. The Zhen Hua 11 — the Caribbean Frontier. Zhen Hua 11
Developed 2D and 3D computer reconstructions of a fatal collision event in Hong Kong. These were used to develop witnesses statement and in court. Gave evidence as expert witness in Hong Kong Court. Instructed by Clyde & co, Hong Kong, for West of England P&I on behalf of Hong Kong Pilot's Association. Yao Hai
Undertook a review of the contractual employment and subsequent deployment of an Accommodation Barge and supporting marine spread by an Oil Major for an offshore Vietnam oil field with a view to assessing suitability for the task. Deployment of the spread had allegedly resulted in damage to offshore installations. Instructed by Rajah & Tann, Singapore, on behalf of BP Vietnam.
Developed a 3D and 2D reconstruction of the Hebei Spirit incident in Korea to assist insurers with their initial challenges. Helped avoid incarceration of Master and Chief Officer. Instructed by Ince & co., Hong Kong, on behalf of Skuld P&I Club.
Developed a 3D computer reconstruction of an incident involving a collision between two large container vessels approaching Singapore and a third smaller vessel which allegedly influenced decisions. Instructed by Thomas Cooper LLC, Singapore, on behalf of vessel owner.
Developed 2D & 3D motion reconstructions for a collision off Yeosu Korea. Plot showed that opponents vessel was clearly overtaking and did not take the appropriate action. Instructed by Kim & Chang, Seoul, on behalf of vessel owner.
Developed a 2D motion reconstruction based on AIS information to show a collision between two vessels in Singapore western anchorage. Instructed by Thomas Cooper LLC, Singapore, on behalf of vessel owner.
Developed a 2D motion reconstruction to show events resulting in the grounding of an LPG tanker on the west coast of India. Used data from port radars to support the findings. Plot showed that the incident was due to pilot error and not safety of the port. Instructed by Thomas Cooper LLC, London, on behalf of vessel owner.
Acted as expert witness in a Singapore arbitration involving damage to the fittings of a CALM single point mooring system allegedly due to changes in currents caused by land reclamation and subsequent unusual movements by moored tankers. Instructed by DLA Piper on behalf of land reclamation contractor's insurers.
Researched safe transit drafts for laden VLCCs through the Singapore Straits. Consulted with several relevant bodies in Singapore and conducted detailed search of available information resources. Considered all influences on tanker safety including currents and tidal streams. Provided bound publication and CD. Instructed by Messrs. Andros Maritime Ltd.
Undertook investigation of bottom damage to a bulk carrier to protect a major Australian charterer against claims. Safety of the port was an issue. Showed that the vessel sat on the bottom due to unusual and unpredictable tides caused by El Ninõ effect and the port was in fact safe. Also found evidence that the bottom damage was due to previously recognized structural design weaknesses known to the Classification Society. Instructed by Hill Taylor Dickinson, London, on behalf of charterers.
Investigated a US$250000 claim against a large Japanese charterer for contaminated oil cargo. Previous investigations had found no fault with the vessel or owner. Conducted a detailed examination of documents and created a piping diagram. Showed conclusively that the vessel and owner were responsible for the contamination. Instructed by Holman Fenwick Willan, Singapore, on behalf of Mitsui. ASHNA Pipe Schematic Colour
Reviewed two successive oil cargo contamination cases that had already been investigated by four other consultancy companies but had resulted in inconclusive reports. My brief was to establish whether the owners’ P&I Club had a case or not. Conducted a thorough review of documentation and drew a detailed pipeline diagram. Showed conclusively that both contaminations were unfortunately caused by crew negligence and pinpointed sources of contamination. Instructed by Holman Fenwick Willan on behalf of owner's P&I Club. Alam Berkat contamination

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