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New Starters in August, September and October 2015

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Diego Cerquenich joined Brookes Bell as a Master Mariner in our Sidcup office in September, 2015, from a position as a Marine Consultant at Cecea Marine Consulting Spa, where he conducted various surveys and inspections including damage assessments on project cargoes and containers.

Hans Langsrud joined Brookes Bell as a Master Mariner in our Hong Kong office in August, 2015. Before starting his surveying/consultancy career, Hans was a senior executive risk manager at Skuld, Oslo, and member of the Club's casualty support group. Hans is also a Special Casualty Representative (SCR) at Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch.

Mimi Gao joined Brookes Bell in our Singapore office as a Naval Architect with a BEng degree in Naval Architecture and a PhD degree in computational fluid dynamics in August, 2015. She has a strong background in different numerical methods for applications in both structural and fluid mechanics.

Dr. Luigi Petrone, an Italian-born Scientist, joined Brookes Bell in October, 2015 after 5 years postdoctoral experience at Linköping University, Sweden and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Luigi has now moved to our Hong Kong office after an initial training period in the UK.

Dr Nick Chapman joined Brookes Bell in our Liverpool office in October, 2015. He has an honours degree in Biology and a doctorate in Plant and Soil Science from Durham University.

ISO9001 Certification

Congratulations to our Singapore office on attaining certification to ISO9001:2008. All units in the Brookes Bell Group are now certified to the International Standard.


Dr Martin Jonas was a speaker at a well-attended webinar session on the IMSBC Code, hosted by the BIMCO Marine Department on 21 October 2015 The one-hour long webinar on the IMSBC Code, highlighted two very relevant issues for members on “How to carry bulk cargoes safely – a shared risk?” and “What is it – identifying cargo hazards under the IMSBC Code”.

The webinar was hosted by Ms. Ai Cheng Foo Nielsen, marine technical officer and joined by two distinguished speakers in their respective fields of expertise, Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director ( Loss Prevention) of North of England P&I Club and our very own Martin Jonas, Partner and Consulting Scientist of Brookes Bell Group.

The webinar was well attended and many of the questions asked related to the carriage of bauxite cargoes and how these cargoes could be distinguished as Group A or Group C.

A video recording of the webinar is now archived at the BIMCO homepage at:

IMCC Dublin 2015

Senior partner, Ray Luukas, and Duncan Tanner attended the International Marine Claims Conference at Dublin in September this year where Ray was one of the speakers for the Machinery Damage session.

FAROS Public Workshop - Human factors in risk-based design methodology

The third and final public workshop of our EU project was held in September in London. The project coordinated by Brookes Bell and led by Romanas Puisa involved 12 partner companies from 6 EU countries together with industrial advisors.

Seven of our own people attended together with representatives of the consortium, representatives from Meyer Werft and Meyer Werft Turku shipyards, and the Secretary General of Community of European Shipbuilders' Association (CESA). The project, which started in October 2012 is nearing completion and final reporting to the EU. The deliverables are available on the FAROS website.

Managing Partner, Colin Kershaw, closed the workshop by commending Romanas, Charles Bliault, Amanda Smith and the rest of our team, congratulating the consortium members on their cooperation and thanking the EU for the €3m investment which had made the research project possible.

Brookes Bell Cycling Team Success!

Our seven man Brookes Bell Cycle Team successfully rode the 969miles route from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in 9 days (64.5 hours in the saddle). Barring five minor crashes (3 involving cyclists and 2 involving the 1st campervan), 4 punctures and 2 broken spokes, the team worked together and crossed the finish line in John O’Groats together.

Our thanks for the support and donations given for our worthy charities. We raised well over £10,000 for Ronald McDonald House, Queenscourt Hospice, Mission to Seafarers and the City of Liverpool Rotary Club.

Brookes Bell featured in ITN programme for UK Chamber of Shipping

Brookes Bell have been featured in the ITN production "A Maritime Nation". The video can be viewed below:

Bob Vart moves to Consultancy Role

Bob Vart has eased back from his role as Managing Director and full time Partner in Brookes Bell Hong Kong to take up a consultant role with us. He will be winding down his work gradually and will remain as a Director of BBHK whilst handing over day to day responsibility to the other Partners. Our thanks to Bob for his help over the years – as an engineer and for joining with us and welcoming us back to Hong Kong in 2011.

London International Shipping Week

Brookes Bell are again Bronze Sponsors of London International Shipping Week. LISW will be the ‘must attend’ event of 2015, offering over 100 industry functions and unique networking opportunities for leaders across all sectors of the international shipping industry – regulators, charterers, ship owners, ship managers, bunker suppliers, lawyers, ship brokers, bankers, insurers, insurance brokers, commodity traders and brokers, ship suppliers, port operators, shipping service providers and many more.

The sell-out one-day LISW Conference and Gala Dinner, both on Thursday 10 September, will attract the very highest level government and shipping leaders from the UK and around the world to crown what promises to be another amazing week.

Wreck Removal Completed

With over 400 assignments carried out so far in 2015, one recent success was the refloating and removal of a bulk carrier casualty. Brookes Bell project managed the wreck removal operation from invitation to tender to successful conclusion on behalf of the Swedish Club.