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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."

New Starters in August, September and October 2015

Welcome to:

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: