It proved to be a relatively busy year for Bridger Jones Associates. Foreign cases included wetted wheat cargoes in Yemen and Tunisia and mould damaged rice in West Africa.
Interesting cases conducted within the U.K. included; substantial damage to a vessels tank top and ballast tanks due to wire lashing failure: container recovery operations by divers in the Thames: a roll-over mafi trailer incident: various wet damaged grain cargoes, as well as the more numerous fruit damage surveys.
We are already into 2010 and it appears as though we will be in for another busy and diverse year, notwithstanding the recession. In addition to the above, we were involved as expert witnesses in a number of arbitrations and Court cases both in the U.K. and abroad.
A damaged cargo survey to refined sugar in Montenegro over the New Year, followed shortly after by a Port Captaincy job in Brazil for a chartered vessel loading cargo of bagged refined sugar for West Africa got the year off to a busy start.
Other diverse cases undertaken in 2008 included a towage warranty survey for a vessel with a lost rudder, an investigation into an alleged unsafe berth in Peru, a Charter Party dispute in Brazil, a damaged rice survey in West Africa, together with many other not so exotic surveys made for a busy year for the company.
2007: Grain cargo claims in the Yemen and India, together with the catastrophic failiure of four out of four cranes on a ship built in 2002, provided a diverse international flavour to the year. Arbitration (CP Disputes) and High Court Hearings (Personal Injury) kept the UK based aspects our work busy.
THE CURATE'S EGG OF A YEAR
A ship taking 9 months to travel from Brazil to the North African coast with a cargo of bagged sugar. Discharged at a Mediterranean port under survey. It's not often you find a purpose built paddling pool in every hold.
Experience gained as an augmentee in the Defence Transport Movement Agency added to the knowledge set of our staff.
A mixture of other cases:
Christmas and into the New Year, surveying 66,000 tonnes of Canadian Wheat rejected in North West India as mouldy. Cargo eventually accepted for discharge.
THE YEAR 2005 HAS BEEN MOST 'INTERESTING', NOT TOTALLY IN THE CHINESE INTERPRETATION OF THE WORD...
Our Associates have undertaken many surveys on containerised cargoes, throughout the year. Refrigerated cargoes have ranged from meat, through lychees and mangoes, to tree ferns.
Non-refrigerated container cargoes have included bulk rice, reels of paper and machinery.
Bulk carrier cargo surveys: have been undertaken in various ports in Africa and the Middle East and several earlier cases now form the subject of arbitrations.
Air and road freighted consignments: have included high value lead shielding windows for nuclear facilities, USD 2 Million of stolen molybdenum and mouldy roses for Mother's Day.
International investigation work; into thefts: from air, road and sea haulage involving values in excess of USD 3 Million featured high during the year, with a marked success in identifying the culprits for the authorities to deal with.
Personal accident work for solicitors: in the UK courts has been varied but in the main involved around work boat incidents and high speed leisure craft.
The pure maritime 'heavy metal' work: has been slow but steady; involving stevedore
damage claims, both physical surveys and arbitration disputes. We have undertaken a number
of On and Off Hire surveys, together with bunker oil surveys throughout the year.
Not a good year; due to the recession in the survey industry, but hopefully signs of
improvements to come!