zoom Half of the costs of hull and machinery claims handled by the Swedish Club have arisen due to navigational claims such as collisions, contacts or groundings, the Club says in a release.The Gothenburg-based marine insurer says that this figure has remained steady over recent years despite improved technology and the widespread implementation of Safety Management Systems.In its latest Loss Prevention publication, Navigational Claims, the Club has revealed a number of findings relating to claims made for hull and machinery damage between 2004-2013.The report suggests that many navigational claims still occur due to procedures not being properly followed by crew members, and officers not communicating with each other properly. In addition poor communication between both vessels and bridge team members and a lack of situational awareness all play a part.Navigational Claims details measures that can be adopted to help prevent these incidents occurring in the first place, such as having clear, meaningful procedures for officers and crew to adhere to and, more importantly, ensuring they understand the consequences of not following them properly.The Club also stresses in the report that the implementation of an effective training programme for officers is vital, especially in relation to effective communication and risk assessment. Often risks increase when sailing in congested waters, dense traffic or close to land and this needs to be acknowledged and appropriate measures adopted.“Being able to identify the reasons for navigational claims is invaluable for masters and shipowners,” says Lars Malm, Director, Strategic Business Development & Client Relationship for The Swedish Club. “This report shows that most claims can be prevented by simply ensuring that all crew follow proper procedures and consult with each other before making major decisions.” Image: The Swedish Club
SMT Scharf AG has indirectly acquired an interest in 100% of the shares in RDH Mining Equipment, based in Alban, Canada, through its wholly-owned subsidiary SMT Scharf Corporation, also based in Alban, Canada. With this acquisition, SMT Scharf AG is further pursuing its corporate strategy and strengthening its market position as an integrated system provider in the underground logistics area. The purchase price amounts to around C$8 million (corresponding to approximately €5.17 million).A small proportion of the purchase price will be rendered in treasury shares of SMT Scharf AG, with the rest being paid in cash. For the cash component, SMT Scharf AG had at its disposal funds from the capital increase that SMT Scharf AG successfully realised in November 2017. The CEO of SMT Scharf AG, Hans Joachim Theiss, explains the background to the takeover: “With its portfolio of diesel and electric vehicles for non-coal and salt mining as well as tunnel construction sites, RDH possesses outstanding product expertise in this niche. The takeover forms an ideal augmentation of SMT Scharf’s portfolio to include rubber-tyre vehicles and gives us an even broader positioning in the market. By aggregating the international sales and after-sales expertise of SMT Scharf with the acquired product program, we can achieve far-reaching synergies in the international hard-rock and tunnel markets, and further boost capacity utilisation across our Group.”RDH has specialised in high-quality underground equipment for mining and tunnel construction for more than 30 years and has been especially active in the North American market to date with a revenue share averaging above 50%. Its varied product range extends from jumbo drilling equipment through to so-called load-haul-dump machines (LHDs), scissor lifts and low-loaders. Since 2011, the company has been one of the pioneers in battery-driven non-coal underground mining equipment. With around 50 staff, RDH generated sales of C$14.5 million (equivalent to around €9.6 million) in its fiscal year ending April 30, 2017.“For SMT Scharf as one of the worldwide leading providers of transport solutions and underground logistics systems, the acquisition of RDH Mining Equipment represents an important strategic milestone to further advance our growth. We are convinced the takeover will exert a positive effect on our sales revenue and earnings trends in the current financial year,” forecasts Theiss.