A vessel may require much more than simple ship agency services when in port. The need often arises for husbandry services, which can sometimes mean the involvement of a different agent to that which is handling the port call. Ehtca Consulting Group Ltd provides professional husbandry services at ports and terminals around East, West Africa, Asian & Europe.
Our ship husbandry services include inspections, repairs, hull cleaning, and propeller polishing.
Since a ship owner is often unable to observe the actual condition of the below-water portion of his vessel between dry-dockings, he may not know the true condition of his vessel or what damage may be present.
Such damage can originate from a variety of causes and may be structural, electrolytic, or biological in nature.
Our divers service team are well aware of the many problems that can plague a vessel and are able to accurately document a vessel's condition and provide a full written report accompanied by digital video and/or digital still photography.
If repairs or maintenance are warranted, performing such tasks underwater can often be far more economical than dry-docking. Some of the services that we provide include rudder and propeller maintenance, sacrificial anode replacement, underwater cutting and welding, repairs within sea chests, and transducer removal and replacement.
The most common response to hull and/or propeller fouling is to increase the RPMs of the engine to compensate for the reduction in performance caused by marine fouling.
This has the effect of not only increasing fuel consumption but also increasing the wear on the engine and related components and, in turn, reducing the service life of such equipment.
Our propeller polishing and hull cleaning services often pay for themselves within the first voyage after such service due to a significant decrease in overall fuel consumption. This is especially true in the current economic climate where petroleum prices have increased substantially.
Substructure also provides salvage services to its clients. Should a vessel become grounded, we will inspect her and make the necessary repairs so she can be safely brought to dry dock. If a vessel has sunk, we will raise her and get her to dry dock for refitting.
We work with our clients' insurance companies and process the appropriate reports necessary so that an accurate and timely claim may be filed.
Documentation is important for the shipment of an item overseas. There are a number of documents that the freight forwarder needs to prepare for the shipment that requires specialist knowledge.
Bill of Lading (BOL) - The BOL is a contract between the owner of the goods and the carrier. There are two types of BOL; firstly a straight bill of lading which is nonnegotiable and secondly, a negotiable or shipper's order bill of lading. The negotiable BOL can be bought, sold, or traded while the goods are in transit. The customer will usually need an original as proof of ownership to take possession of the goods.
Commercial Invoice - The invoice is the bill for the goods from the seller to the buyer. It can be used to determine the true value of goods when assessing the amount of customs duty.
Certificate of Origin (COO) - The COO is a signed statement which identifies the origin of the export item.
Inspection Certificate - This document may be required by the customer to certify the goods have been inspected or tested and the quality of the goods is acceptable.
Export License - This license is a government document that authorizes the export of goods in specific quantities to a specific destination.
Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) - The SED is used for export statistics. It is prepared via the UK Postal Service (UPS) when the shipment is greater than £500.
Export Packing List - This is a detailed packing list that itemizes each item in the shipment, what type of packaging container was used, gross weight, and package measurements.
Doctor, dentist, mail, and prepaid telephone calling cards Spares clearance and delivery Inward& outward clearance Liaison with local authorities. Follow-up activities with workshops, contractors etc.
- Bunker fuels and lubricants
- Communication assistance
We have excellent relations with suppliers and port & immigration authorities around East, West Africa and Asian ensuring that clients' needs are given preference - whenever they are in town.
At EHTCA Consulting Group Ltd. our aim is to be the supplier of choice in all the industrial sectors we serve. As an innovative and fast-growing organization, based in London with an international network of experts, partners and subsidiaries, to support and conduct our consultancy and project management worldwide in the industry and Service. Our highly skilled team enable us to deliver solutions to the most demanding operational and technical challenges faced by our customers around the world.
On land, Ehtca Consulting Group is increasingly a supplier of choice to the construction and transportation sectors, providing specialist knowledge, skills and capabilities in the most safety-critical of engineering environments.