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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

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.”

Engineering and scientific disciplines bolstered by global recruitment drive

Brookes Bell is pleased to welcome two marine engineers, two scientists and a metallurgist to the UK and Asia.

Martin Twomey

Martin is a marine engineer with a first-class Certificate of Competency (Motor). He also obtained additional qualifications in Marine Surveying, Naval Architecture, Drydock Planning and Management and in Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Shipping.

Martin has sailed on Gas Tankers, Container, Bulk & Reefer Vessels in positions up to and including Chief Engineer and during his time at sea gained considerable experience of the management, operation and maintenance of various marine power plants, including slow and medium speed diesel engines, and their associated equipment.

Additionally, he has experience in ship management, working as a fleet performance manager, performance superintendent and in crew training & vessel inspection, dry-dockings, vessel modifications and upgrade projects.

Martin is based in our Shanghai office.

Mark Lamb

Mark is a Marine Engineer with an unlimited chief engineer certificate of competency (Motor).

He has 18 years of seagoing experience, with an initial 12 years in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer Artificer where he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. This was followed by achieving commercial engineering certification, alongside parallel employment on various superyachts and cruise ships.

Mark has extensive experience in the operation and maintenance of medium and high-speed engines, gas turbine and diesel electric propulsion, and associated auxiliary machinery systems and equipment.

Immediately prior to joining Brookes Bell, he worked as a technical superintendent for feeder container vessels trading in European and North African ports.

Mark is currently working out of our Liverpool office but will be based in Singapore.

Dr Bryan Ward

Bryan has a first-class master’s degree in Chemistry from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and a PhD in Computational Chemistry from Imperial College London.

Prior to joining Brookes Bell, he worked in scientific publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry and carried out academic research at Imperial College for 2 years.

Bryan is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and based in our Liverpool office.

Dr Marcelo Rodrigues

Marcelo has a PhD in Biological Sciences and five years post-doctoral experience between Spain, France, USA, Austria, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Brookes Bell, he carried out academic research as Senior Research Fellow for 10 years on multi-disciplinary marine science, molecular biology and bio-chemistry projects. Marcelo completed three research cruises on-board the oceanographic research vessels ‘Sarmiento de Gamboa’ and ‘Hesperides’. His research focused on the formulation of new adhesives for underwater applications via the characterisation of adhesives encountered in nature and has used a wide range of molecular biology, proteomics, immunochemistry and bioinformatics techniques.

Marcelo’s scientific and surveying expertise concerns the ocean carriage and storage of a wide variety of commodities. He has technical experience with bulk cargoes, particularly relating to the loading and discharge of soya beans, sampling and laboratory testing of such cargoes, as well as survey investigations of cargo damage in solid bulk shipments. Marcelo has expert knowledge in specific biological systems and has carried out investigations into the origins of hold infestations of organisms onto hull fouling and ballast water management systems.

Marcelo is based in our Liverpool office.

Kim Chua

Kim is a chartered engineer with a first-class MEng (Hons) degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering.

She has 12 years industrial experience working at a rolling mill and in several laboratories, specialising in corrosion resistant alloys, steel alloys and aluminium alloys. Kim has implemented product development projects for wrought aluminium alloys, provided metallurgical consultation and conducted failure investigations. She has sour service experience, foundry experience, skills in destructive testing and non-destructive testing techniques, particularly replication, strain gauge measurements, and power line assessment.

Prior to joining Brookes Bell, Kim was responsible for ensuring laboratory tests were performed to international standards including ISO, NACE, ASTM and API. As a senior metallurgist at the rolling mill, she was responsible for ensuring that the wrought aluminium alloys were manufactured to specifications stipulated by the customer, and international standards including EN, ASME, ASTM etc. She has also jointly patented a new rolling method for the manufacture of wrought aluminium alloys.

Kim is based in our Singapore office.

Bunkers Now and After 2020

Our Marine Engineer Robert Vart will give a presentation on bunkers and the implications of the 2020 sulphur cap on marine fuels to the American Bureau of Shipping in Hong Kong and Taiwan on 2 and 6 March respectively. The technical committee comprises high-level experts and shipowners who will review IMO regulations on fuel and how to advise shipowners to manage the changes.

Founding Fathers

We are sad to have lost two of our former Partners who died recently. They were extremely influential in building the firm we are today.

John KnottJohn Knott passed away on Christmas Eve. He died peacefully at home with Sylvia and Richard by his bedside. He was 85. Those of us who worked with him remember him as the energetic and skilled Partner he was, passionately loyal to Brookes Bell and, with the now retired Partners and others, helped build the Partnership from just a handful of people in the 1960s when he started his 30 year career with Brookes Bell. He will be well remembered and missed by those of us who knew him.

Jim GornallFollowing on, we are sad to announce that Jim Gornall died on 26 January. He was 92. Jim bought Brookes Bell in 1959 and was a leading light in the growth of the firm. He retired in 1988, having firmly established Brookes Bell as Consultants and Marine Experts known throughout the shipping and insurance industry. Those of us who knew Jim and Dorothy will miss him and remember him as the great character he was. Rest in Peace Jim.

Contact Colin Kershaw for further information and funeral arrangements.

Thomas Miller acquires specialist marine and energy consultancy Brookes Bell Group

Thomas Miller, the international provider of market leading insurance services, announces the acquisition of international marine consultancy, Brookes Bell, for an undisclosed consideration.

Brookes Bell is a leading marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations, scientific cargo expertise, forensic engineering and expert witness services. The firm is also a leader in research and development of ship design support to enhance maritime safety and technology and employs a renowned group of Marine Engineers, Civil Engineers, Master Mariners, Naval Architects, Cargo and Fuel Scientists, Fire Investigators and Metallurgists.

Hugo Wynn Williams, Chairman, Thomas Miller, says: “Brookes Bell’s long-recognised expertise across international marine and energy markets will make an excellent and complementary addition to the Thomas Miller Group.”

Colin Kershaw, Managing Partner, Brookes Bell, says: “Thomas Miller is a business that very much shares the values, vision and foresight of Brookes Bell and we are delighted to have taken this next step in our journey towards further growth and diversity.

“Brookes Bell will continue to operate independently, with no changes to our brand or operational structure, to provide independent and highly respected expert consultancy services to new and existing clients while, crucially, having access to investment to expand.”


Roland Cross / Jon Atkins – Four Broadgate
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Note to Editors

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an international provider of market leading insurance services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutual
  • Managing General Agency
  • Professional services including legal and technical services, claims and captive management
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients

Brookes Bell Group

Brookes Bell is a market leader in marine technical, survey and casualty investigation services to the marine and energy sectors worldwide. Offering unrivalled expertise and experience across all the major marine and scientific disciplines, the firm provides multi-disciplinary consultancy services to clients and is regularly called upon to provide litigation support through expert evidence in courts and arbitrations around the world. The Group also supports ship designers and operators by providing a range of safety services using in-house software tools and risk-based alternative design. Brookes Bell uses only directly- employed expert personnel across disciplines including Marine Engineers, Master Mariners, Naval Architects, Cargo and Fuel Scientists, Fire Investigators and Metallurgists.

Adrian Scales awarded Chartered Master Mariner Status (CMMar)

Congratulations to Adrian Scales, Brookes Bell Master Mariner and Partner, who was recently awarded Chartered Master Mariner status (CMMar) by the Nautical Institute and Honourable Company of Master Mariners - just the 18th such award to have been made. Adrian has also just recently received his Freedom of the City of London and became a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

Graeme Bowles re-appointed to the SCR Panel

Our Consultant Master Mariner Graeme Bowles has been re-appointed to the SCR Panel by the Lloyds SCOPIC Committee for a further three year period, until 31 December 2020. Graeme was originally listed on the panel in 2010 and has been appointed as SCR on three LOF salvage cases, as well as on several non LOF cases where his SCR credentials were specifically called for by clients.