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Vessel Emergency Support

Vessel Emergency Support

Rapid vessel emergency response service delivered 24/365

Vessel Emergency Support (VES) Services can be delivered as an integrated part of your emergency response planning.  The service can be tailored to precisely your needs and typically includes:-

  • Hull modelling and enrolment of vessel into our vessel database
  • Rapid emergency response advice on stability and structural strength
  • 24 /365 availability to give real time support at the incident location
  • Integrated as part of your emergency response drill requirements


The Vessel Emergency Support Service is provided by a team of experienced naval architects with support from mariners, to ensure that owners have access to the best advice when they most need it.

An integral part of our service is the support to owners in the development of contingency planning and training. We assist owner’s contingency teams to establish effective control and monitoring of incidents. This includes providing training to owners on damage stability and strength.

Our clients include both dry cargo and tanker operators who recognise the value of having access to this type of service whether the requirement is mandated or not.

In the event of a vessel sustaining damage due to grounding, collision, or other contingency we will provide advice on:

  • Resulting stability, drafts and trim
  • Structural integrity, bending moments and shear forces
  • Oil outflow prediction
  • Ground reaction and required tug pull off forces

Software Tools

Our team uses Napa software as an aid to undertaking damage stability and hull strength calculations. Napa accepts input using DXF format hull models directly form a number of vessel design tools.

This software is used by a number of Classification Societies and independent consultants providing salvage services throughout the world and is regarded as the leading software tool for this task.

The software is capable of evaluating the stability and structural integrity of vessels based on their departure condition and input received from the vessel at the time of the incident. It can also estimate potential oil outflow and predict the vessel’s movements as a result of tidal variations, ground reaction forces and the bollard pull necessary to re-float the vessel in the event of grounding.

Your risk management strategy will be greatly enhanced by having access to our expert advice which is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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