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.
IMCC Dublin 2015
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.
Graeme Bowles takes up a consultancy role from 1 July. On behalf of all of us in Brookes Bell, we wish you all the very best Graeme and thank you. It has been a pleasure working with you and we look forward to seeing you in the future in your new consultant role. Graeme will still be available for SCR and some other work whilst he gradually winds down his present cases.
New Recruits in July
Brookes Bell welcomes aboard Tina Lalitha (Support staff Singapore) and Abbie O’Brien (Support staff Sidcup).
Brookes Bell have completed filming for an ITN News film production for the UK Chamber of Shipping which will be featured at the London International Shipping Week.