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Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd


Marine Surveyor

Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bidvest Group Limited.

The company provides marine and cargo surveying and related services to the local and international marine insurance markets, shipping lines and agents, freight forwarders, motor manufacturers and maritime attorneys.

Rennie Murray holds the appointment as Lloyd's Agent at Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The Lloyd's Agency appointments in South Africa have been held for over a century.

Rennie Murray is also the appointed South African survey agent of WKWebster and Cesam as well as South African correspondents for the Verein Hanseatischer Transportversicherer e.V. and the American Institute of Marine Underwriters. In addition we are the appointed correspondents for the majority of reputable overseas Hull & machinery Underwriters including Gard, The Swedish Club, HDI Gerling, Norwegian Hull Club, Codan and SCUA (Scandinavian Underwriting Agency).

Rennie Murray remains the only company of its type with its own offices at all the major ports in South Africa including the inland port of Johannesburg. We have correspondents at East London and are able to service Richards Bay and Walvis Bay (Namibia) upon request.

 

Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd

Surveying and Investigation


Staff at the Company's four offices in Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth undertake surveying services.

We attend to claims involving the majority of marine cargoes, including bagged agricultural products, steel, perishable products, electronic equipment, textiles and household & personal effects.

We attend to survey assignments involving major marine casualties, general cargo, goods in transit (hijacking and accidents), container theft and fraud.

Apart from the reactive service which we provide when a potential claim has already arisen, we have also developed a proactive service in the form of preshipment inspections, risk assessments and discharge/loading surveys.

Our service covers cargo carried by sea, road and air.

Durban


The Durban office is involved in all aspects of our work, from cargo inspections and surveys on sea, road, rail and air shipments to major marine casualties. The office is also available for risk analysis and control measures such as discharge and loading surveys and warehouse inspections.

Johannesburg


The Johannesburg office specialises in cargo claims on air and sea freight as well as goods in transit. This office is also involved in investigating non-marine claims such as burglary and flood damage. Pre-shipment surveys of cargoes, as well as warehouse inspections, are also conducted.

Cape Town


Our Cape Town office also becomes involved in the full spectrum of surveys. Investigations of major marine casualties are conducted by qualified Mariners.

Port Elizabeth


The Port Elizabeth office provides surveying and investigative services involving general / containerised cargo and goods in transit. Other services include preshipment inspections, risk assessments and discharge / loading surveys.

Survey services are provided at market related rates, based on time accounted for and expenses.

 

Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd

Vehicle Inspections


A Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit (MVIU) was established in Durban in 1996 to meet the growing needs of major motor vehicle importers and exporters, as well as carriers.

The MVIU operates in Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London, and is available on a 24-hour basis. MVIU team members undergo continuous training at clients' premises with the clients' own quality personnel in order to maintain the highest inspection standards as well as to keep closely abreast of model changes.

Our client list includes BMW, K-Line, GM and major Scandinavian shipping line Wallenius Wilhemsen Logistics.

Inspections are carried out using handheld data capture units. Data from the handheld is uploaded to the database system in the office and the reports generated in Word or Excel format. Reports may be forwarded to clients by e-mail.

Inspection rates are negotiable, and we allow generous volume-related and exclusive support discounts.

 

Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd

Recoveries


Marine recovery claims are handled by an appropriately qualified consultant at our Durban office. We act as Recovery Agents for most of the international marine insurance companies and institutes.

We aim to achieve satisfactory settlements, quickly and cost effectively, in as short a time as practicable without having to resort to lengthy and expensive litigation.

The Company's membership of the Maritime Law Association ensures that close relationships are maintained with Southern Africa's leading maritime lawyers and members of local claim/risk departments of the various carriers.

Regular interaction and attendance at seminars locally and overseas keeps us abreast with current developments in the marine market, which may impact on the recovery prospects of a claim.

We enjoy a good working relationship with the staff of the local correspondents for the International Group of P & I Clubs. Regular meetings are held between our offices to facilitate speedy resolution of claims.

Our fees for effecting a successful recovery are calculated on a "no cure - no pay" basis in terms of the current Lloyd's Scale.

 

Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd

Key Personnel


Rainer

Breckwoldt

Managing Director

Rainer is a qualified Master Mariner who has gained extensive navigational and management experience in the shipping industry, as well as completing various specialist courses in Germany and the United Kingdom. Rainer has acquired over 20 years of marine and cargo surveying experience since coming ashore in 1989. He has extensive knowledge of the majority of marine cargoes and has special expertise in the investigation of major marine casualties. Rainer was appointed Branch Manager of the Cape Town office in 1995, a Director of the Company in 1997 and as Managing Director in 2006.

Home Telephone:

+27 21 855-4111, SA (021) 855-4111

Cellular:

+27 83 251-7723, SA 083 251-7723

E-mail:

rainer@rmurray.co.za

Adam

Baker

Branch Manager (Johannesburg)

Adam joined Rennie Murray in 2001 and has 10 years of general cargo surveying experience. He has extensive experience of both major claims arising out of theft and damage, as well as Goods in Transit claims and stock throughput claims. P&I surveys are also conducted for various P&I Clubs at the inland port of Johannesburg at the request of the local P&I correspondent. Adam was appointed Branch Manager of the Johannesburg office in 2011, following the retirement of Gill Baker.

Cellular:

+27 83 250-3393, SA 083 250-3393

E-mail:

adamb@renniemurray.co.za

Andrew

Heathcote

Branch Manager (Durban)

Andrew gained practical working experience within the freight forwarding and ships agency environments while studying towards the National Diploma in Maritime Studies. Upon successful completion of his tertiary education, Andrew was employed as a cargo surveyor in Durban and Richards Bay. Andrew has also worked for a firm of local brokers as a hull risk assessor (pleasure craft). Andrew joined the Company in January 2004 and subsequently transferred to Port Elizabeth in order to establish an office in that centre. In September 2006 he once again returned to the Durban office to be appointed Branch Manager in August 2007.

Cellular:

+27 83 448 5625, SA 083 448 5625

E-mail:

andrewh@renniemurray.co.za

Wayne

Steel

Branch Manager (Cape Town)

On completing his tertiary maritime training, Wayne joined an International Shipping Company where he sailed as Deck Officer onboard foreign going vessels. In addition to standard STCW ’95 training, during his sea carrier Wayne also attended several specialized tanker courses in the United Kingdom. In 2005 Wayne came ashore and obtained employment in vessel management with a local ship-owner, before joining Rennie Murray as Marine Surveyor in 2006. Wayne was appointed Manager of the Western Cape and Namibia regions in 2012. In addition to his maritime education, Wayne also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law and Marine Insurance at the University of Cape Town. Wayne’s association with the local maritime fraternity, including the General Botha Old Boy’s Association and the Maritime Law Association, enable him to keep well updated on maritime related affairs in and around the region.

Cellular:

+27 83 452 8790

 

Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd

Contact Us


Email Contact: Managing Director

Cape Town

Physical Address

Ground Floor, Unit 28
Foregate Square,
Table Bay Boulevard
Cape Town 8001

Postal Address

P.O. Box 2415, Cape Town 8000

Telephone

International +27 21 421-4150
South Africa (021) 421-4150

Facsimile

International +27 21 419-0983
South Africa (021) 419-0983

After Hours

International +27 21 855-4111
South Africa (021) 855-4111
Cell +27 (0) 83 452 8790
(Wayne Steel)
(rainer@rmurray.co.za)

Durban

Physical Address

1st Floor
1 Kingsmead Boulevard,
Kingsmead Office Park
Durban 4001

Postal Address

P.O. Box 2475, Durban 4000

Telephone

International +27 31 328-0700
South Africa (031)328-0700

Facsimile

International +27 31 328-0701
South Africa (031)328-0701

After Hours

+27 (0) 83 448 5625
(andrewh@renniemurray.co.za)
+27 (0) 83 468 1296
(Shane Pillay)

Johannesburg

Physical Address

3rd Floor East
Petrob House,
343 Surrey Avenue, Ferndale
Randburg 2194

Postal Address

P.O. Box 13, Randburg 2125

Telephone

International +27 11 781-7292
South Africa (011) 781-7292

Facsimile

International +27 11 781-7295
South Africa (011) 781-7295

After Hours

International +27 11 462-2040
South Africa (011) 462-2040
(adamb@renniemurray.co.za)

Port Elizabeth

Physical Address

Walmer Office Park
13/17 Heugh Road
North Wing, Walmer
Port Elizabeth 6001

Postal Address

P.O. Box 13895, Humewood 6013

Telephone

International +27 41 581-1684
South Africa (041) 581-1684

Facsimile

International +27 41 581-1626
South Africa (041) 581-1626

After Hours

International +27 83 390-4701
South Africa 083 390-4701
(grege@renniemurray.co.za)

 

Rennie Murray & Co. (Pty) Ltd

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