SMIT offers specifically designed, Preparedness & Prevention Services for a diverse range of ships - from icebreakers in the Baltic to heavy towage ships operating around the Cape, for LNG carriers conducting ship-to-ship transfers, to huge oil tankers and mega containerships. Several leading operators see the benefits of these tailor-made services and we have worked with many renowned shipowners for decades on this basis. The Preparedness & Prevention Service contracts guarantee a 24/7 response if ships get into difficulty – SMIT can be anywhere in the world in 24 hours from its four strategic Emergency Response Centers.
Over recent years salvage work has become much more transparent - owners want to focus on being prepared and getting work done in advance by making sure they have mitigating measures in place. The pre-agreed Preparedness & Prevention Service contracts mean that an owner knows the Terms & Conditions and tariffs beforehand in case things go wrong. They don’t need to negotiate with dozens of tug owners in the midst of an emergency – they have clarity and know they can rely on SMIT.
Clients have one point of contact for assistance. We take immediate action when an owner calls. We understand immediate action leads to reduced losses and can often prevent a relatively small event from turning into a major disaster. These contracts are invaluable if the scale of an incident is not known in the first instance. SMIT does not send an armada of salvage ships to the scene and a huge team - all at the owner’s expense. Instead, two of our experts will assess the situation and consult with the client before any decisions are taken.
We always do what’s best for the client. We work together with the owner to achieve a safe, sustainable and timely solution.