based in Hong Kong
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Qualifications: PhD, CSci, CMarSci, MRSC, Corr Level2, DipCorr, MICorr, RMCI
Dr Luigi Petrone, an Italian-born Scientist, joined Brookes Bell in 2015 after obtaining his PhD in Chemistry and five years' post-doctoral experience between New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Singapore. His areas of expertise lie in the field of marine coatings as well as the carriage of chemical and agricultural cargoes at sea.
As a coating expert, he has been extensively involved with incidences of hull fouling and coatings damage/failure to ship's hull, cargo holds, cargo and ballast tanks. In addition, he has conducted major investigations overseas into coating damage caused by the carriage of aggressive cargoes to cargo holds in dry bulk carriers and cargo tanks on tankers. His expertise encompasses the evaluation of coatings, modes and mechanisms of failure, cause and extent of coating breakdown and recommendations for remedial treatments.
As a cargo expert, his main area of expertise lies in the field of chemicals and agricultural commodities. He has provided extensive advice to members in the marine shipping community on the safe carriage of chemical and agricultural commodities. Furthermore, he has been extensively involved with liquefaction issues and has conducted major investigations overseas into incidences of cargo damage arising from transportation and from inherent vice. His interests are concerned with the carriage of cargoes, such as grains, oilseeds, seed cake, vegetable oils, fruits and vegetables, fertilisers, minerals, metal ores, liquid and gas chemicals. He also has a keen interest in fire investigations relating to chemicals as well as various other self-heating and combustible cargoes.
Prior to joining Brookes Bell, he carried out academic research as a Senior Research Fellow for 10 years within international multi-disciplinary projects at the interface between marine science, chemistry, biology and materials science. Luigi liaised with industrial partners on R&D aspects of the formulation and testing of novel anti-fouling paint as well as adhesive technologies. His research focused on the formulation of coatings for marine anti-fouling applications and on the analysis of coatings with a wide range of analytical techniques.
He has vast experience on the biology of major marine fouling organisms, which settle on ship's hull and other submerged man-made structures, causing vast economic and environmental issues. Luigi has presented at several international conferences, acts as a referee for a series of scientific journals, and published 20 peer-reviewed articles in top scientific journals, including some of the world's top scientific journals, such as Science, Advanced Functional Materials, Nature Communications and Advances in Colloids and Interface Science.
As a cargo expert, Luigi has published bulletins and loss prevention articles for P&I Club and articles for magazines of the dry bulk industry, such as Dry Cargo International on the carriage of soybeans and related claims.
Luigi is a certified paint inspector (ICorr Level 2) with expertise and qualification in marine and offshore coatings, and holds a Diploma in Coatings for Corrosion Control (DipCorr). He is a Chartered Scientist and Chartered Marine Scientist, Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (MIMarEST), Member of the Institute of Corrosion (MICorr), Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), and Member of the Royal Society of Biology (MRSB).