BSc, MSc, FIMarEST, CMarTech, AFNI, QDR
Mike joined Cunard Line as a marine engineer apprentice at the age of 17, eventually reaching the rank of Chief Engineer with service aboard many types of vessel and engine.
During his career Mike has obtained his First Class marine engineer’s certificate of competency, Class 1 Hong Kong Local Master’s Certificate, a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Studies and Master of Science degree in Shipping and Maritime Studies. Experience has been gained in most areas of shipping with 8 years as a lecturer in Maritime Studies, culminating in 5 years as Senior Lecturer at Warsash College of Maritime Studies, UK and time as a Superintendent with a UK coastal company. Since leaving full time education, Mike has continued to be a visiting lecturer at various establishments and regularly carries out training seminars for various shipping organisations.
Twenty five years experience has also been gained in hull, machinery and cargo surveying in the USA, New Zealand, Fiji and South East Asia. Most of this was based in Hong Kong, providing a wide range of marine consultancy and surveying services to P&I Clubs, Ship Owners, Ship Managers, Underwriters, Admiralty Lawyers and other Principals. Mike is also a qualified Mediator, being registered both in the UK and Hong Kong.
Mike is a regular contributor of shipping technical articles to various maritime publications and is currently editor of FLASHLIGHT, the free emailed monthly newsletter distributed to 3,000+ marine surveyors around the world. If you wish to be added to the circulation list email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More recently, Mike has authored eight training modules for diplomas in marine Superintendency, Ship Surveying, Yacht & Small Craft Surveying and Ship Building & Ship Repair, written for Maritime Training Academy. Mike continues to mentor marine surveying trainees. Mike is currently Course Director for the Maritime Training Academy Diploma in Ship Surveying.
His first book entitled ‘Hatch Covers – Operation, Maintenance and Testing’ was published by Witherby Seamanship International in 2008. His second book entitled ‘Report Writing for Marine Surveyors was published by Petrospot in February 2011. His third and fourth books ‘Report Writing for Professional Marine Engineers’ were published in early 2014. His fifth book ‘Running a Successful Marine Survey Company’ was published in February 2015.
He is a Fellow of IMarEST, Chartered Marine Technologist and Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute. As a qualified dispute resolver (QDR) having successfully concluded several mediations.
Mike is currently semi-retired in Thailand but still provides training and consultancy services to the maritime industry.