Consultancy Seeks to Tackle Chemical and Fire Risk at Sea

Growing concerns around the issues of fire and chemical emergencies at sea has led to the establishment of a new emergency response facility based in Rotterdam.

Marine casualty management consultancy Solis Marine has introduced the new division which will be led by global expert Sander Loef (pic).

Solis Marine Consultants co-founder and senior partner Captain John Simpson said: “We are developing our services to meet client demand for specialist fire and chemical advice and risk assurance. The arrival of Sander means we can expand our operations into an area of growing risk which is generating significant losses for the industry.”

“We see significant demand for our core services of casualty management, casualty investigation, expert witness and distressed cargo management, and also for our project cargo and marine warranty services. As with all of our offices, our new base in Rotterdam will provide support to Solis Marine’s clients on a worldwide basis as well as providing direct support to our growing client base in Europe.”

“The Port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and a major maritime hub and so this was a natural choice of strategic location for Solis Marine’s latest expansion in Europe as we look to grow our global footprint and the range of client services we offer.”

Mr Loef added: “Fires and explosions on board vessels continue to generate very large losses. Insurers have rightly flagged incidents like these as a growing risk in recent years. The combined expertise and know-how provided by Solis Marine allows for a pragmatic approach to help investors, owners, financial institutions, insurers and cargo interests take concrete steps to mitigate the risk of fire and chemical marine disasters.”