Steel pipes & oil tanks

THE CLUB has dealt with a number of recent claims involving surveyors.

One surveyor was instructed to oversee the lashing of steel pipes. Unfortunately, the pipes were damaged on the voyage. The Club defended the claim that the lashing had been inadequate on the basis that the damage was due to heavy weather. One issue in the case was whether the surveyors had successfully incorporated their terms and conditions which would limit the damages claimed to 10 times their fee.

Another claim involved the survey of an onshore oil tank. It was alleged that the surveyor and failed to spot rust patches. The tank had subsequently leaked. The Club discovered that subsequent to the member’s inspection, the owners had had the tank shot blasted. This was very likely to have unearthed the evidence the member had been unable to see.

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