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New office for Brookes Bell Liverpool

Amidst all the fantastic commercial developments in the Liverpool City Region in recent years, Martins Building on Water Street is being redeveloped into a 5-star hotel, with all tenants having to vacate into new office locations in and around the city centre.

Brookes Bell Group had been tenants for nearly 20 years and they then had the task of finding a space that would accommodate its growing business, ensuring it had enough floor space to continue to grow, while also making the move as seamless as possible for its people. The business has been in Liverpool since 1903 and back in 2010 employed 40 people in their offices in Liverpool and London. The last six years has seen growth, diversity and expansion in to Asia. Now in 2016 the business had to relocate the head office, a globally operating business, employing more than a 120 staff worldwide, a move that would require some serious project management.

After numerous visits to offices in the city, Brookes Bell has now moved a stone’s throw from Water Street, into Exchange Flags, taking up the entire 9th floor of Walker House. A move that sees an increase in office floor space from 7000 to 11,500 sqft. The views from all around the office take in the waterfront, as far as the New Brighton lighthouse and Crosby, the Liverpool Town Hall and as far as the Anglican Cathedral. An impressive collection to be shown off to clients, visitors, and employees not based in Liverpool.

Marine Challenge Cup

Nick Chapman and Daniel Millett of Brookes Bell teamed up with West of England to participate in the annual Marine Challenge Cup 5-a-side competition in London on 7th July 2016.

The competition was organised by Chaffe, McCall, DeCastro & Robles, Horr Novak & Skipp, Palmer Biezup & Henderson, and Keesal, Young & Logan.  It featured teams from across the London market, including Thomas Miller, North of England, Charles Taylor, Britannia, Skuld, HFW, Ince & Co, Mays Brown, CJC, Neon, and Trade Winds.  Having previously been proud winners of the wooden spoon, this year the West of England team made it to the semi-finals of the Plate with the help of 11 goals from Brookes Bell and amidst cries of "ringers!" from the spectators.

Unfortunately the final proved one step too far, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day of sport and socialising. Roll on next year.

London Industry Seminar

Brookes Bell hosted their annual summer seminar at the prestigious Trinity House in London on the 22nd June. With over 150 people attending the seminars and drinks reception the evening was a huge success and one that will continue to be repeated for those in the industry. The evening began with a set of presentations given by our specialists, on the subjects - Cargo Stowage & Claims, Crane Failures, Bulk Foods & Feeds, Petroleum & Petrochemicals and Container Losses. The guests were then invited to a reception to continue networking and questioning those that gave the presentations earlier in the evening.

Trinity House itself is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community, an organisation that Brookes Bell is proud to support. Thanks go to all of the staff involved in co-ordinating the event from the business and Trinity House, the event was a resounding success.

Safety4Seas at Posidonia interview Dr Kieran Dodworth & Dr Nick Chapman

Partners and associates from Brookes Bell Group attended Posidonia this June. This exhibition is the world’s most prestigious maritime event, taking place every two years and hosting ship owners and operators from across the globe. With over 1800 exhibitors from 90 countries and 22,000 visitors, it was a networking event like no other.

During the event two of the Brookes Bell team were interviewed by marine media, Safety4Seas. Dr Kieran Dodworth discussed safety on and offshore and Dr Nick Chapman gave his views on regulations in the industry, regarding the movement of cargo.

Here you will find a link giving further details of the success of Posidonia this year. You can also watch both the interviews here:

Dr Nick Chapman, Associate & Consulting Scientist – interview here.
Dr Kieran Dodworth, Partner & Naval Architect – interview here.

Propeller Club Wine & Cheese Networking

As a founding member of the Propeller Club in Liverpool Brookes Bell Group was delighted to sponsor a drinks reception in association with the International Festival for Business on the 16th June.

This event took place at the independent café Cheese & Co, located in Derby Square, at the heart of Liverpool City Centre. The event saw a range of marine professionals in attendance, with a lot of very productive networking taking place, giving the Brookes Bell team a chance to meet with Propeller Club members from across the UK. Guests in attendance came from as far as Humberside, London and Guernsey. With a range of cheeses and wines available for guests and with a great atmosphere in the café everyone had a very enjoyable evening, with lots of business being discussed and contacts being made during the international festival.

Safe Return To Port Regulations

SOLAS Safe Return to Port (SRTP) regulations represent a step change in crew responsibilities during flood and fire emergencies on new medium and large passenger vessels and highly occupied Special Purpose Ships. Read Dr Luis Guarin’s advice to crew, ship owners and operators in The Maritime Executive:

Exclusive insights into Hoegh Osaka grounding

Kieran Dodworth, MD of Safety at Sea, a Brookes Bell subsidiary, speaks exclusively to The Marine Professional about the causes leading to the grounding of the Hoegh Osaka. The full report will be available for readers in the May edition of The Marine Professional. For a summary of the report, see here:

Brookes Bell in Piraeus

With over 100 guests from a range of lawyers, P&I clubs, ship owners and operators the Brookes Bell evening of presentations and networking was a huge success in Piraeus, Athens on Tuesday 19th April.

A drinks reception took place to welcome the guests at the prestigious Yacht Club of Greece, in the Piraeus port, with guests then being entertained by our specialists, listening to a series of 3 presentations on our services and abilities within our business and the sector.

Colin Kershaw, Managing Partner, kicked off the evening, with an introduction to the business and the importance of hosting such an event, enabling us to share our wide range of expertise with those working in the industry.

Our first speaker subject was forensic engineering, including topics about 'Unusual Wear' by Ray Luukas, Senior Partner and 'Unusual Bunker Claims' by Chris Fisher, Brookes Bell consultant. Then it was on to 'Identifying cargo hazards under the IMSBC Code', presented by Dr. Martin Jonas. With the 3rd presentation given by Adrian Scales and Dr. Kieran Dodworth regarding the re-float of the Good Faith, that occurred in Greece last year. With Q&A's ending the more formal section of the evening, leading into a drinks reception.

Refloating the GOODFAITH

Taking in the stunning evening views overlooking the Bay of Piraeus everyone enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere with food and drinks available for the remainder of the evening. A great chance to converse further with those that the Brookes Bell team had met with during their two days in Athens and to meet new people coming into the industry or those they had not previously met with.

The Brookes Bell team looks forward to being in Greece again this year for the Posidonia event.

Ticking boxes won’t save you in a MARPOL dispute

Brookes Bell Partner and Marine Engineer Chris Dyson advises ship owners on how best to protect their vessels against one of the shipping industry’s potentially most costly uninsured liabilities:


Brookes Bell Group win Mersey Maritime SME of the year award 2016

Brookes Bell Group, is delighted to have won the SME Business of the Year Award 2016 at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards ceremony held in March. This is the second consecutive year that Brookes Bell has won an award at the event, having taken home the Global Reach Award in 2015.

Having been in business for some 113 years and with our roots firmly in Liverpool, today the Group leads the market in professional expertise and experience across all the major maritime and scientific disciplines, operating out of offices in Liverpool, London Tower Bridge, Sidcup, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. All of the company’s full-time personnel work exclusively for the Group, enabling us to provide specialist advice in a wide range of inter-disciplinary areas.

Colin Kershaw, Managing Partner at Brookes Bell Group was delighted to receive the SME Business of the Year Award on the Group's behalf and commented, "We are delighted to be honoured with the Group’s second industry award at the Mersey Maritime ceremony. This is a wonderful occasion and one that recognises all those in the industry who play such a significant part in making Liverpool and the North West a fantastic region to do business. We are so proud of all of the team involved in achieving such a prestigious accolade."