Since we updated our website with a blog function in 2011, I more or less committed myself to posting a blog each month.
Somehow, I more or less stuck with that commitment, but I just noticed that we did not post a new blog for January 2021. I also noticed that this happens to be my 200th blog. A strange moment to fail my own commitment.
The only excuse I have is that we have had a very busy January, and I lost track of time.
Overall, I have enjoyed writing the blogs, especially those that I use as a reference when a client has a specific concern or questions, or ones that I can link in a communication to make a point. Often a client is surprised that we actually dealt with their esoteric concerns at some time in the past. That is somewhat frustrating, but for as long as I have worked for Martin & Ottaway I have been aware that many of our clients only know us for doing one or a few particular things.
Everybody on team Martin & Ottaway enjoys the variety of work we do and January 2021 was both typical and maybe a little heavier in volume.
These are the issues that I am aware of that the company has dealt with since the beginning of the new year.
- 1. Construction supervision for Security Bond underwriters on the completion of two government vessels
- 2. Consultation on building and bulkhead stability for a waterfront property owner during dredge activities
- 3. Technical record keeping and analysis on the failure of a main engine T/C EGR system for Owners
- 4. Consultation on historical PCB contamination at a shipyard facility
- 5. Safety audit on a large recreational craft rental facility
- 6. Salvage coordination of a sunk tugboat for H&M
- 7. Forensic Analysis of a bridge allision by a big river tow
- 8. Repairer’s negligence analysis for subrogation
- 9. Bareboat charter damage evaluation for charterers
- 10. Blocking failure analysis of a large sailboat for the boatyard
- 11. Appraisal of the maintenance and repair program for a Great Lakes ship operator
- 12. JH143 Large Shipyard evaluation
- 13. Manufacturing facility risk assessment
- 14. Container collapses and losses (Many!)
- 15. Marina Assessment
- 16. Jones Act determination of shipyard equipment
- 17. Discharge delays due to alleged crane and stowage problems for P&I
- 18. Oil terminal sublease contract review
- 19. Forklift personal injury
- 20. Another T/C failure for H&M
- 21. Large cruise ship company environmental audits
- 22. Inclining test
- 23. Barge capsize for H&M
- 24. A few other engine damages for H&M
- 25. A dock damage for vessel operators
- 26. An RSA call out on the Great Lakes
- 27. Analysis of aluminum vessel antifouling options
There are more that are managed by others in the company, but I am out of time.
They say “busy hands are happy hands” and “variety is the spice of life”. That would make me spicely happy I suppose. Now I have to get back to work.