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New Starters

We are very pleased to announce six new starters to the Liverpool office. Our new marine engineers, master mariners, paint coatings specialists and NDT technicians enhance our existing team and allow us to further diversify into new markets.

Contact details and biographies for each new starter are detailed below.



Judith Fergus – Judith is a qualified Chemist with over 30 years' experience in marine, protective coatings and fire proofing. She has worked in the shipping, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors, handling research & development, marketing, business development and sales with global companies. Her main areas of expertise cover a range of investigative, managerial and paint product development in the marine and protective coatings industry. Prior to joining Brookes Bell, Judith worked in the technical operations department of a major coating manufacturer for many years.

Direct Tel: +44 74719 97353

Email: judith.fergus@brookesbell.com

Graeme Kirby – Graeme is an Engineering Technician (PCN Level 2, ISO 9712) specialising in the field of Non-Destructive Testing. Graeme has worked in the Heavy Industry Sector for 15 years, with a wealth of experience in the field of Oil Gas, Energy, Rail Integrity Inspection and Material Analysis. Prior to joining Brookes Bell, he spent many years providing expert technical support and advice to OEM’s, industry Owners and Operators and has worked on outage campaigns and shutdowns across Europe.

Direct Tel: +44 151 236 0083

Email: graeme.kirby@brookesbell.com

Martin Beech – Martin is an Engineering Technician (PCN Level 2, ISO 9712) specialising in the field of NDT. Martin has worked in the Heavy Industry Sector for 5 years, with a wealth of experience in the field of Oil Gas and Energy. He has spent many years providing expert technical support and advice to OEM’s, industry Owners and Operators and has worked on outage campaigns and shutdowns across Europe. His work throughout his career has entailed providing pre and in-service inspection, corrosion monitoring.

Direct Tel: +44 7989 574 704

Email: martin.beech@brookesbell.com

Lee Lewtas –Lee is a Marine Engineer with a STCW 2010 III/2 Chief Engineer’s Unlimited Motor Certificate of Competency and is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. Prior to joining Brookes Bell, Lee spent 13 years' at sea, starting on container vessels and then moving on to large Ro-Pax ferries. In this time, he has gained experience on large 2-stroke engines, but more recently has been sailing as Chief Engineer on large Ro-Pax ferries, gaining considerable experience in the operation and maintenance of medium-speed 4-stroke engines along with all associated ancillary equipment.

Direct Tel: +44 7515 597963

Email: lee.lewtas@brookesbell.com>

Aadeela Zumla – Aadeela is an Integrity Engineer and Senior Plant Inspector with over ten years’ experience in the heavy industry sector, specialising in marine, offshore and land-based heavy production. Aadeela is certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) as a Piping Inspector (API 570) and Pressure Vessels Inspector (API 510), and by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a Senior Plant Inspector (ASME Level 2).Prior to joining Brookes Bell, Aadeela was responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repairs of various FPSO and fixed offshore assets for Operators in the North Sea.

Direct Tel: +44 7471 999742

Email: aadeela.zumla@brookesbell.com

Dominic Bell – Dominic is a Master Mariner with command experience. Previously, he sailed as Master with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd. During his 19 years at sea, he sailed on various ship types, including freight ferries, Ro-Pax and high-speed passenger ferries and various naval auxiliaries. Dominic has considerable ship management experience and has served as Designated Person Ashore, Company Security Officer and Crisis Manager. He has extensive pilotage and ship-handling experience on various ship types, having served as a marine pilot and held pilotage exemption certificates as Master.

Direct Tel: +44 7879 425024

Email: dominic.bell@brookesbell.com

Publication of Statistics and Interpretation of Results Article



Director of Science, Tim Moss, and Principal Scientist, Daniel Sheard, recently wrote an article on statistics and interpretation of results.

To read more, click here.

The Mersey Cluster – A Round Table Debate

Marketing Manager, Adam Whittle, took part in a round-table debate about the Mersey Cluster which was chaired by Sean Moloney. Panellists included Dr Dimitrios Paraskevadakis (LJMU), Gareth Gilbert BSc(Hons) (Stone Marine Shipcare), Steven Jones FRSA, Sue Henney (KVH Industries) and Mike Williams MSc, CSyP (MIRIS International).

To read more, click here (P 44-50)..

Hong Kong Seminar: Current Contamination Cases

Tim Moss, Luigi Petrone and Karwei So will give a talk titled ‘Analysis Paralysis?’ in which they will help you understand how common scientific techniques work. Ivan Todorov; our Singapore-based tanker master will also host a ‘Tanker Tribulations’ talk discussing his own experiences where he has witnessed liquid cargo become contaminated. Finally, Mike Liu; our Singapore-based fuel chemist, will explain how in the bunker business not all can be as it seems and how analysis can separate fact from fiction.

We hope to see you all there. You can view the leaflet here.

Brookes Bell acquires specialist petroleum consultancy Associated Petroleum Consultants Ltd.

Brookes Bell, the leading international multi-disciplinary technical and scientific consultancy serving the marine and energy sectors, announces the acquisition of Associated Petroleum Consultants (APC) for an undisclosed consideration.

APC is an association of consultants to the oil and shipping industry, with over 30 years of experience in the investigation of disputes and claims arising from the various technical aspects in the quantity and quality control of bulk liquid oil transport.

Ray Luukas, Chief Technical Officer, Brookes Bell, says: “We have long recognised expertise across international marine and energy sectors and are constantly looking to develop and improve the services we offer to our clients. APC’s specialist knowledge and expertise in petroleum and related fields are particularly relevant at this time and will significantly enhance our service proposition to clients in this area. David and his team are now a welcome addition to Brookes Bell and we look forward to working with them as we continue to develop our range of technical services.”

Captain David Payne, Director says: “As a leading expert in all aspects of the quantity and quality control of bulk-shipped liquid cargoes, I believe APC will provide important specialist and complementary expertise to enhance Brookes Bell’s already comprehensive range of services.”

Superyacht Coatings Success

Congratulations to Luigi Petrone who, having undertaken a course of instruction and having passed with Distinction an examination in the ‘Inspection of Marine Coatings’ has been awarded the title of Registered Marine Coatings Inspector for Superyachts; accredited by the International Institute of Marine Surveying

RMCI is an industry standard and professional qualification which was instigated by the SuperYacht Builders Association (SYBAss) in conjunction with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS) and the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr). RMCI is the only qualification that is accepted by SYBAss members, paint companies, repair and refit yards and coating facilities worldwide to perform and direct inspection or testing operations of luxury vessels.

To find out more about Brookes Bell’s Superyacht Services, please visit the website www.bbsuperyachts.com.

New Website & Contacts App

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Brookes Bell are pleased to announce the release of both our new website and our updated Brookes Bell Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the ​App Store®.

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Hong Kong Seminar

Our experts in the Hong Kong office will be hosting a special Halloween seminar on 25 October 2018 by sharing some unusual and often mysterious case studies.

Session I

  • Richard Gains and the Poltergeist Cargo
    A look at an interesting GA survey and some thoughts on shipping project cargoes.
  • Matthew Fenton and the Things That Go Bump in the Engine
    How coordination and planning of inspections in new builds can prevent serious engine damage.

Session II

  • Luigi Petrone and the Unmasked Coatings
    Sometimes the cargo contamination is not from an obvious source.
  • Graham Hill and the Deathly Mix
    Supposedly innocent cargo with an explosive secret.
  • Tim Moss and the Phantom Moisture
    Often when inexplicable moisture is found in a cargo people automatically assume ingress but it is rarely the answer.
  • Richard Gains and the Ghost Ship
    Looking out of the Bridge Window is not always the answer!
    An interesting grounding and salvage case with a difference.

The seminar will commence at 18.00 followed by drinks and canapés served around 20.15.  For more information and to reserve your place, please contact Reze Li reze.li@brookesbell.com

View the invitation here.

Brookes Bell Contacts

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Brookes Bell are proud to announce our new Brookes Bell Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the ​App Store®.

Brookes Bell Contacts will give you the convenience of having access to all the Brookes Bell experts in one place, whilst on the go, wherever you go.

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The 10th Hong Kong Seminar

Climate change is affecting different aspects of our lives, including maritime industry. Our multi-disciplined team of experts held a seminar for 65 guests on 10 May 2018 at Renaissance Harbour View Hotel on the theme of Challenges Presented by Modern Ship Design. This event successfully brought clients’ attention on how today’s worsening weather conditions will impact our industry.

To set the scene for the seminar, Captain Graham Hill enlightened clients on weather and its effects on the sea and consequently the ships. Then, Tim Moss and Luigi Petrone introduced what could happen to sensitive cargos such as Group A cargoes under rough weather. After that, Brendan Cuffe, our engineer from Shanghai, presented on how environmental considerations impacts the shipping industry as it strives to reach the 2020 sulphur reduction goals, lower marine emissions as well as ballast water management. Finally, Luigi rounded up the night with a concise explanation of the relationship between increasing sea water temperature, marine fouling and fuel consumption.

The seminar not only raised clients’ awareness on worsening weather and environment but also provided a platform for seeking solutions. One of the clients commented that “Prevention is better than cure. It is good to know why the weather is changing and what can be done to prevent further damage. We all are socially responsible for the state of today’s world.”

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