BSc, MSc, FIMarEST, CMarTech, 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, with 5 years as Senior Lecturer at Warsash College of Maritime Studies, UK. In 2011 Mike was appointed as acting Principal and Consultant at the Asia Maritime Technological College, Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand, until the college was completed and operational.
Time has also been gained as a Technical 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 on various shipping related subjects to shipping organisations, eg, Highland Maritime Ltd, Bangkok, M.I.C.E. Global, Singapore, NAMSGlobal, USA, Wallem Shipmanagement. This includes a LNG transfer and auditing course for EGAT, November 2019.
Thirty 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, Shipowners, Shipmanagers, 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. He is a columnist for Baird Maritime and the IMarEST Marine Professional. He is currently editor of FLASHLIGHT, the free emailed monthly newsletter distributed to 4,000+ 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 32 training modules for diplomas in marine superintendency, ship surveying, yacht & small craft surveying and ship building & repair and he continues to mentor students.
His book entitled ‘Hatch Covers – Operation, Maintenance and Testing’ was published in 2008 (this is repeated at the end of the sentence) 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 by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology in early 2014. His fifth book ‘Running a Successful Marine Survey Company’ was published in January 2015. In January 2017 Mike self-published ‘Marine Surveying and Consultancy – An Introduction’ and ‘Marine Warranty Surveying – An Introduction’. His latest self-published book is ‘Ship Superintendency – An Introduction’.
He is a Fellow of IMarEST, Chartered Marine Technologist. As a qualified dispute resolver (QDR) he has successfully concluded several shipping related mediations.