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Hooked on a Pipeline

Damages Assessment, North America

February 1, 2018

A large freighter was caught in a hurricane that made landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast.  In an attempt to control its movements while riding out the storm, the ship dropped anchors.  Unfortunately, as the anchors were dragged along the seabed, they became ensnared in an offshore natural gas pipeline.  As the storm battered the ship, the pipeline was dragged out of place and bent.  While no spill occurred, the mechanical integrity of the pipeline was weakened to the point that a large section had to be replaced immediately.  The pipeline owner used contractors to complete the repairs. 

Baker & O’Brien was engaged to provide an independent assessment of the pipeline repair costs.  Our consultants utilized contracts, invoices, work scopes, engineering drawings, and design documents to determine the actual costs of repairs and the schedule for the repair work.  A register was created to summarize information for every purchase order, contract, and invoice applicable to the pipeline repairs.  In addition, an expert report was prepared to summarize our view of the reasonable repair cost.