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Alan Dale

As Ship’s Technical Services Manager, Alan was involved in a number of the ship’s refurbishment projects. In 1997 Alan joined the Cunard ISM project team as Technical Adviser. After the implementation of the ISM code it was time for a change and, seeing a position advertised in Lloyd’s List, Alan joined Nigel Burgess Ltd (NBL) in January 1998.

For twelve years Alan worked as Technical Manager during which time he has been involved in numerous new builds and refit projects. More recently as Fleet Manager at BURGESS he is overseeing the development of Junior Managers as well as heading up the Technical Management and Human Resources.


Andrew J. J. Pitt


Andy is a marine consultant, technical author and naval architect with more than forty years experience. He has managed his own yacht yard in Denmark and worked as a project manager with ‘Camper & Nicholson’, ‘Concorde Yachts’, ‘Southampton Yacht Services’, ‘Discovery Yachts’ and Technical Director at ‘Royal Denship’. He has set up and managed shipyards in England, Denmark, Bangladesh, China, Scotland, Greece & Thailand.

He specialises in yacht project management, design and writing operating in Europe and SE Asia. Having been involved with the design, build and repair of more than thirty super-yachts he has a good experience working with Lloyds, ABS, DNV, RINA, GL, & MCA (LY3) as well as Flag states and RCD CE Approval. He operates as a marine consultant, designer and writer, advising owners and yards on yacht building. This involves design work, preparing technical specifications, bills of materials, labour and pre-project cost estimates for any vessel. He has been a technical author since 1992 writing training books and articles on superyacht building and refits. He is a member of the ‘Yachting Journalists Association’ and the ‘Royal Institute of Naval Architects’.


Andrew S Roy


Andrew is a principal of the accountants Baker Tilly Isle of Man LLC. The firm is an independent member of Baker Tilly International which ranks number 8 in the world of accounting networks.

Andrew was educated at the Nautical College Pangbourne then qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a practice in Birmingham.

As well as being a principal in the accountancy practice, he heads up the company’s yachting and aircraft division. He is currently the Chair of the Isle of Man Yacht Forum, a representative body for the industry on the Island and has written a number of articles and has spoken at conferences on matters of yachting.

Outside the office Andrew races his own yacht and is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Corinthian Yacht Club, Massachusetts and is past Commodore of the Isle of Man Yacht Club.


Cara Rogers

Cara learned to sail and boat as a child at school facilities and amongst the docks. Originally hailing from London but relocating to the old world English maritime capital of Bristol which enhanced her access to water born pursuits. Bristol filled her late childhood with a rich background of maritime heritage, which seemingly influenced the course of her life.

After leaving university she headed to Asia to pursue a life on the water. From the tender age of 20 she worked in the charter industry as a crew member, travelling the world as a watersports instructor and high end yacht chef made for a colorful range of experiences. Cara has always been involved in customer service, care and dedication to the charter experience on board. Four years ago, finding herself in the beautiful British Virgin Islands she disembarked and turned her hand to yacht charter sales. After a decade of industry experience she set up her company ‘H&R Yachts’ a yacht sales and charter, brokerage, management and consultancy firm. Ever evolving and expanding her charter fleet, client base and representatives spanning the globe. With such a large range of services Cara has handed over the sales and consultancy side of the business and concentrates entirely on the charter brokerage and management side of her business which keeps her more than occupied.

Living in one of the charter yacht capitals of the world and having deep industry ties really gives her the opportunity to offer her clients the best service possible.

Cara is a qualified day skipper and still an active sailor. She sometimes has clients request her culinary skills on board yachts which gives her an opportunity to get out of the office, back out on the water and update her industry knowledge. On her bucket list is retirement on a modest size sailing catamaran to do a circumnavigation in style.


Charlotte Spiteri

LL.B., LL.M. (IMLI), LL.D.

Charlotte Spiteri was born on the Mediterranean Island of Malta in 1987 surrounded by sun, sea and boats. She read law at the University of Malta and qualified as a lawyer in 2011. Having always had a keen interest in the maritime industry, she pursued a master’s programme in International Maritime Law at the International Maritime Law Institute graduating in 2012, after having acquired a full scholarship granted by the Maltese Ministry of Foreign affairs. In 2012, she was also called to the Maltese Bar after successful passing her warrant examination.

She then joined the commercial department of a Maltese law firm prior to joining Fenech & Fenech Advocates in 2014 so as to pursue her passion in shipping law.

Charlotte has since registered a number of vessels under the Malta flag, including transfers of ownership within the flag. She has dealt with the ongoing requisites to ensure compliance of vessels with domestic legislation and international conventions that Malta is party to, leading up to the eventual closure of registry of the vessels.

Furthermore, she has also assisted with the financing sector of the shipping industry and has been involved in several security transactions namely the registration of mortgages and amendment mortgages over Malta flagged vessels, as well as the subsequent deletion of same. She has also garnered experience in the pledging of ship owning company shares, as further security granted to financiers in shipping transactions.

Charlotte is presently a member of the Malta Maritime Law Association and takes part in the Sub-Committee concerned with the revision of Maltese Merchant Shipping legislation.


Daniel Crockford

BA(Hons), LLM, PgDL, Solicitor

Daniel Crockford is a Solicitor and Consultant at the London based commercial law firm Keystone Law where he is a member of the of the firm’s shipping and marine department.

Having decided to pursue a career in law having studied history at the University of Durham, Daniel trained with the law firm DAC Beachcroft where following qualification he specialised in insurance litigation with a particular focus on cargo claims and yacht disputes, including collision and salvage. Daniel is recognised in these areas in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He regularly writes articles and has contributed to publications such as Maritime Risk International, Superyacht Business, Insurance Day, Maritime Journal and Ship Technology Global.

Daniel also obtained a LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Bristol and is a member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, British Marine, Superyacht UK and the Yacht Brokers Designers & Surveyors Association.


Brian Phelan

Brian Phelan has over twenty one years of experience in the UK’s Military and Law Enforcement community. Brian has served in the Royal Military Police as a Close Protection specialist, the Metropolitan Police as a Public Order specialist and Sussex Police where he specialised in Narcotics and Counter Terrorism. Brian holds a BA in English, an MA in Philosophy and a Post Graduate Certificate in the Education of Adults (PGCEA) and has eight years of experience as an academic, a teacher and a lecturer. Since 2000 he has worked exclusively in the private security sector as a maritime specialist and has extensive experience of anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Guinea and the Indian Ocean.


David Reardon

David Reardon is a partner within Hill Dickinson’s yacht team. He specialises in contractual matters, advising superyacht owners, designers, banks, brokers and other service providers at the premium end of the yacht market and has been involved in the construction of some of the world’s largest and most exciting superyachts.

David also contributes to a number of industry publications and is regularly invited to present on topics including contract law, yacht ownership structures and VAT on superyachts.

Having trained with Hill Dickinson, David was invited to become a partner in 2010. He has since opened the Firm’s office in Monaco where he is now based.

Hill Dickinson is a full service commercial law firm with annual revenue of in excess of £100 million and over 1,000 staff. As well as four offices in the UK, the Firm also has offices in Monaco, Greece, Hong Kong and Singapore.


Fred Elliott

Born in Glasgow, Fred moved to Millport, an Island on the Firth of Clyde, at an early age then moved back to study Naval Architecture at Glasgow University.

Graduating with a BSc in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering in 1981 he then joined Yarrow Shipbuilders’ design office during the construction programme of the Type 22 and 23 Frigates for the Royal Navy.

Five years later, and after gaining his Chartered Engineer status by spending time in the shipyard Production Departments, Fred moved to London to work for Carnival Cruise Line’s consultants, and spent time in shipyards in both Denmark and Sweden during the build of the passenger vessels Jubilee, Holiday and Celebration.

Fred then joined P&O’s marine consultants, Three Quays Marine Services, and was involved in the technical and project management aspects of several commercial cruise liner and yacht projects from 50 to 160 metres, including one of the first yachts to comply with the MCA Code of Practice for Yachts. During this time Fred also worked on various committees and study groups for the MCA, IMO and NATO including the development of the MCA Code of Practice for Yachts.

After twelve years with Three Quays he left the position of General Manager Naval Architecture to work for Burgess in their London Office, managing aspects of their new construction projects in Shipyards throughout the world including Holland, France, Italy, Germany, Chile and Australia.

Following eight years at Burgess, he then became the Chief Supervisor of Project TOPAZ, a 147m Lurssen new build, working on behalf of the Owner.

Fred has subsequently continued as a project supervisor and independent consultancy for 100m+ newbuild projects for Owners.


Ian Hornsby

Founder of Techman in 1998, Ian Hornsby originally trained in naval architecture. After a seven year working period in transport logistics in Paris, he became Charter Captain in 1983, as the industry was starting to take off.

After fifteen years of worldwide cruising as Captain and managing several new builds and refits for private owners, he founded Techman, to provide technical manuals to the yachts he supervised.

His inspiration has helped to steer the evolution of on-board ‘vessel management systems’, and is now innovating the shore-side processes that help shipyards, Managers, crew and Owners to organise their new builds, refits and customer care.

Ian now divides his time between the Techman customer base and developing new process-related products for collaboration and business efficiency.


Jacqueline Lyne

Jacqueline Lyne was born in 1964 in South Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry after which she spent 3 years as a medical research scientist specialising in immunobiology and radiobiology.

In 1987 Jacqueline sailed to the Caribbean on a 60 ft sailing vessel. She has gained extensive experience in the maritime environment having spent 14 years working on both sailing and motor yachts. Employed as a chef, purser and chief stewardess on both private and charter yachts she has travelled widely covering over 150,000 nautical miles.

In 2000 Jacqueline started her own company ‘Living Boats’ specialising in project management and owner’s representation for new build projects and also designing for operational areas of yachts under construction. In total Jacqueline completed 15 new build projects ranging in size from 40m – 134m with many prestigious clients including 6 Royal van Lent Feadship builds. Other yachts Jacqueline has been involved with are the Maltese Falcon which is renowned as one of the largest sailing yachts in the world and also the 134m Fincantieri motor yacht ‘Serene’.

In 2007 Jacqueline branched out to set up and run Edmiston Yacht Management and is currently managing a large fleet of operational yachts whilst overseeing the build of 2 80m Feadship motor yachts.

Other recent projects include overseeing the build of motor yacht Tango a 78m Feadship operationally managed by her company following a successful delivery in 2011.

In addition to Edmiston Yacht Management Jacqueline has expanded and set up Edmiston Crew Recruitment. This company has been running successfully since 2008 and employs 24 people in the EYM and Recruitment teams.


Mark Hayward

Mark got his first taste for nautical life as a young boy sea-fishing with his dad on small boats.  He sailed with the cadets and went on to join the Royal Marines in 1989, after working as a Gamekeeper and forester.  Mark passed out from Commando selection, going on to specialise in maritime, jungle, arctic and desert warfare and serving aboard HMS Fearless the landing craft assault ship.  He Served in the helicopter squadron and later took his first Close Protection role as the Bomb Disposal Officer’s bodyguard in Northern Ireland.

Mark went on to specialise in military intelligence, creating the new Intelligence sections for the RM Headquarters in Portsmouth and RMB Chivenor working on high level secret briefings, and served in Bosnia working for psychological operations and provided close protection for the DJ Boy George’s concert and visit to heavily mined key battle areas.

On leaving the Royal Marines Mark moved to live in Barcelona, initially working on pub and nightclub doors to learn the language, and obtain the Catalan security licence.   He developed a strategy for Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Management; testing and proving it over four years at large pop concerts and then the top hotels.

Eventually Mark moved to London working at Wembley football stadium & QPR football club.  He worked for the Ritz hotel security, and then gained his Close Protection licence.  He went on to work London Fashion Week catwalk shows and with a long list of well known personalities, prestigious venues and red carpet events. from Britney Spears and Alegra Versace to Sir Philip Green, and Simon Cowell’s famous fiftieth birthday party.  And from the O2 to the Groucho club.  Mark managed the security for the exclusive VIP show suite and security team for the new build of the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge.

Mark then trained and qualified as a Forensic Accident Investigator going on to work in Private Investigation before joining Maritime Services International to train as a Super Yacht Surveyor.


Mike Wall

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:

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.


Niall M Bennet


Niall joined the Royal Navy as a Supply Officer in April 1990 after gaining his BSc (Hons) in Geography from Edinburgh University. After seeing off the Soviet threat, with the break-up of the Soviet Union in the summer of 1990, and Saddam Hussein in Kuwait (he surrendered before Niall arrived on his frigate), Niall left the Navy for further study.

This time he studied an MSc in Marine Resources, Development and Protection at Heriot-Watt University. This included a dissertation on the development of the harbours at Dunedin and Port Chalmers in Otago, New Zealand and he has recently learnt that this has been referred to in the current study preceding the possible enlargement of the container terminal at Port Chalmers.

After graduating, Niall worked as a Fisheries Observer on Spanish and Portuguese vessels on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. From there, he moved to work as a marine surveyor working for the Five Anchors Group in Lagos Nigeria surveying damage to ships and cargo. Following this he had his first contact with Maritime Services International when he was contracted to return to Lagos to help release vessels from arrest.

Since then, Niall has worked for two large marine cargo surveying companies, Cunningham Lindsey Marine in The Netherlands and International Surveyors and Adjusters (ISA) in the UK. Through the latter, Niall qualified as a Member of the British Association of Cargo Surveyors. In mid-2012, he left ISA to set himself up as a contract worker for Maritime Services International.

In his spare time, Niall is a member of the Royal Navy Reserve, has trained as an Assistant Operations Officer for Mine Hunters and has recently stepped up to train for the next level as Battlewatch Captain in the control cell for the Mine Hunter Squadrons.


Perrin Towler


Perrin Towler studied Mechanical Engineering (Naval Architecture) at University College London prior to embarking on a 26 year career in the Royal Navy. As well as serving at sea worldwide he was involved in the build of HMS MARLBOROUGH and OCEAN, and the refits of HMS SHERATON, LANCASTER and NOTTINGHAM. Early ship repair and construction experience was gained on the Thames, at Yarrows on the River Clyde and Cardiff Dry Docks on a wide variety of vessels.

Perrin gained an MSc from Kingston University in 2007 and has since been a Marine Surveyor having established an independent consultancy based on the south coast of the United Kingdom.


Octai Dersamet

Born in the Constanta district and raised in Ovidiu town, Octai Dersamet graduated at the University “Dunarea De Jos” Galati in 1984 with a maximum score of 10 out of 10 in the Faculty of Mechanics section Shipbuilding.

He started his career in a joint venture of shipyards, Constanta and Mangalia working in almost all the positions in those two shipyards from the design department up to supervisory and project management positions. Being part of the project management of 16,000 DWT train ferries, 85,000 DWT, 150,000 DWT tankers, 100,000 DWT,165,000 DWT bulk carriers.

This period allowed him to put into practice the knowledge gained in years of study and to develop a strong technical experience.

In 1989 following the completion of his training he moved to IEFM NAVROM, a major Romanian National Fleet with more than 300 ocean ships at that time.

The Romanian Revolution against communism from 1989 made major changes bringing a new approach of business philosophy and requiring much more flexibility.

As a result the IEFM NAVROM split into three, bringing new opportunities and challenges.

He worked for the next 12 years at CNM PETROMIN Shipping and CNM ROMLINE Shipping in both a Senior Mechanical Engineer position and Procurement Manager.

Octai started his own company in 1999 and from 2001 to 2007 developed his company, Farema Construct, following the market demand in a wide industrial and trading area from HVAC to civil buildings, new buildings or conversions in retail spaces, or trading.

In 2000 he worked for two years at a privately owned fleet of 25,000 bulk carriers as Technical Director.

2007 bought a new challenge and he worked at DAEWOO MANGALIA HEAVY INDUSTRIES as Project Manager of 4,600 containers ships.

In 2002 he developed a family business with his wife at Lemesi Tur Company.

For this company Octai successfully coordinated the execution from inception to completion and handover of 30 hotel rooms.


Rachel Addinall

LLB (Hons), PGDip Law

Rachel completed her law degree in 2003, which included studying two marine law modules; Admiralty Law and Carriage of Goods by Sea. Having spent a year working in the chartering and technical departments of Crescent Tankships Ltd, Rachel continued to pursue a career in law, qualifying as a solicitor in 2007.

Rachel has a particular interest in marine law, having grown up sailing with her family and has worked in marine law since qualifying. Until 2016 she specialised in the leisure sector and her work included advising on the sale and purchase of yachts, finance, construction/repair, as well as more contentious matters such as collision and claims for breach of contract.


Captain Stephen L Blake

Master Mariner, MNI

Senior Pilot / Marine Operations Advisor

Stephen had is first taste of life at sea whilst in his early teens on a trip arranged on the ‘TS Jonas Hanway’, which was sponsored by the Marine Society.

After completing his education at the Hull Trinity House Nautical School and at the age of sixteen, Stephen embarked on a traditional deck cadetship with Buries Markes Ship Management sailing worldwide on geared bulk carriers.

Stephen served on a variety of vessels during his seagoing career including Oil Tankers (Crude and Products), LNG Carriers, Offshore Supply, Ro-Ro (Freight and Passenger), Passenger Vessels and finally on Car Carriers trading within UK/Coastal waters. During this time, Stephen completed his studies being awarded a HND in Nautical Science and his Master Mariner certification.

In 1999, Stephen was offered a position within a pilotage company at a major UK port and became a Senior First Class Pilot in 2004.

In 2011, Stephen accepted a position within the project team for the development, start-up and operation of a major new LNG Project in West Africa.

Stephen has always maintained an active interest within Pilotage and Port Operations and considers himself fortunate enough to have been trained by and serve alongside highly skilled, professional mariners.

With four colleagues, Stephen co-founded ‘Longscar Marine Consultants’ in 2010 and remains an active director. This private company is engaged in providing specialised training courses and marine consultancy services to Pilotage Organisations and shipping companies worldwide.

In 2012, Longscar Marine’s ‘Enhanced Master/Pilot Relationship’ course was awarded the prestigious IHS ‘Safety at Sea’ award in the training category.


William Wyatt

B.Eng (Hons), MSc, DipMarSur

Bill started sailing on the Norfolk broads in a Graduate dinghy in 1985 and went on to study Ship Science at the University of Southampton, followed by a Master’s degree in Maritime Engineering Science.

Working with Maritime Services International since 1995 he has undertaken a variety of roles from ship management to cargo surveying but has been principally involved with ship surveying from a naval architectural standpoint. Including carrying out inclining experiments and in the preparation and updating of stability booklets.

Bill is also a Yachtmaster and races with the Junior Offshore Group around the ports of the English Channel as well as involvement with sailing race management as mark layer and umpire.


Captain Ryan Green


Ryan Green currently works as a yacht manager at Nigel Burgess, specializing in the operational, technical and financial management as well as overseeing the day-to-day Safety and Security requirements of yachts ranging in size and operational area. A former seafarer, Ryan spent many years on super yachts, working from deckhand up to Master. He has undertaken many refit projects both large and small within the superyacht industry, managing the needs and expectations of all parties within this high pressure environment to ensure successful completion. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, London Branch and involved in the development of codes and practices which serve to integrate the super yacht industry with modern merchant marine practice.


Valerie Yiu

BSc (Hons) ACA

Valerie is a manager at Baker Tilly Isle of Man LLC. The company is an independent member of Baker Tilly International which ranks eighth in the world of accounting networks.

Valerie joined the company in 2004 after graduating from the University of Hull in 2003. She went on to complete her Chartered Accountant exams in 2007, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2008.

After spending a number of years in general practice dealing with audit and assurance, taxation and liquidation of companies, Valerie now works mainly in the company’s offshore corporate services, providing corporate administration, taxation, VAT and accountancy services to clients. Over the past few years, Valerie has been involved in the preparation of management accounts and financial statements for a number of yacht management companies.


Susan Riitala


Susan is a solicitor admitted to practice law in England and Wales an California and is a senior associate in the ship finance and transactional shipping team of the Reed Smith shipping group in London. Susan advises clients on a broad range of transactional shipping matters, including debt financings, private equity transactions, sale and leaseback arrangements, joint ventures and restructurings, acting for investment funds, banks, shipowners, charterers and high net worth individuals. She focuses her practice on financing and corporate transactions and ship sale and purchase but also has extensive experience in advising on shipbuilding contracts and refund guarantees.

Susan holds a B.Sc (Hons) in mathematics and psychology and a MA in european business from Royal Holloway University of London and completed the graduate diploma in law and legal practice course at BPP Law School in London prior to joining Reed Smith in 2009.


Alex Penberthy

BA(Hons), LLB Law with French, Solicitor

Alex Penberthy is a Solicitor and Consultant at the London based commercial law firm Keystone Law where he is a member of the of the firm’s shipping and marine department.

Alex specialises in marine litigation with a particular focus on personal injury and is recognised in these areas in the Legal 500. He regularly writes articles and has contributed to publications such as Maritime Risk International, Spears Magazine and Ship Technology Global.

Alex is a member of British Marine, Superyacht UK and the Yacht Brokers Designers & Surveyors Association.


Andrew John Robinson

Master Mariner, Class 1 Pilot

Andrew first went to sea in his father’s fishing boat at the age of 18 months! His early ambition of a career in the Royal Navy was swiftly superceded by a desire to join the Merchant Navy and at 17, Andrew embarked on a traditional deck cadetship with Mobil Oil.

Andrew served on clean products tankers and VLCC’s worldwide, including periods of ship to ship transfers in the Gulf of Mexico and bow-loading operations in the North Sea. His career progressed to gain further experience on board offshore drilling rigs, car carriers, freight ro-ro’s and passenger ferries. During this time, Andrew became a master mariner and completed an HND in nautical science.

In 1998, Andrew was offered a career in pilotage at a major UK port, becoming a senior first class pilot in 2003. Alongside his normal pilotage duties, Andrew is involved with planning, maintaining and monitoring the training scheme for his pilotage district.

With 4 colleagues, Andrew co-founded ‘Longscar Marine Consultants’ in 2010. This private company is engaged in providing specialised training courses and bridge simulations to pilots and senior mariners. In 2012, Longscar Marine’s ‘Enhanced Master/Pilot Relationship’ course was awarded the prestigious IHS ‘Safety at Sea’ award in the training category.


Bharat Hora

Marine Engineer, C.E., FIME(I), FINA(I), Member SCMA Canada ISM, ISO 9000 & 14000 Auditor

Mr. Bharat Hora has more than 30 years of maritime experience. He started his career with the Shipping Corporation of India as a junior engineer in 1980, after graduating from the Directorate of Marine Engineering Training. He continued to rise in ranks, sailing as Chief Engineer for three years with Univan Ship Management, before taking a job ashore as a marine engineering trainer. Since then, he has lived in various countries such as Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia and India, working in senior management positions for a shipyard, a large ship management company, a marine consultancy and a ship services company. Presently Mr. Hora is working independently as a vessel auditor, maritime trainer and new building consultant. He is a Member of Supply Chain Management Association of Canada and a Life Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India) and Institution of Naval Architects (India).

Career Summary

  • Vessel Auditor, Maritime Trainer and New Building Consultant – 2012 to present
  • General Manager and Business Head – Zebec Marine Consultants Ltd. (2009 to 2011)
  • Projects & Engineering Manager – Seabulk Systems Inc. (2008 – 2009)
  • Global Procurement Manager – Wilhelmsen Ship Management (2004 to 2008)
  • General Manager (Projects and Procurement) – ABG Shipyard Ltd. (1996 to 2004)
  • Marine Engineering Lecturer – LBS College of Maritime Studies (1994 to 1996)
  • Service Engineer Marine and Power Plants – Wartsila Diesel (1988 – 1989)
  • Junior Engineer to Chief Engineer – Various Ships (1981 – 1994)

Major Achievements

  • Managed operation and maintenance of various shipboard plants, including diesel engines and power plants
  • Managed major engineering, shipbuilding and conversion projects from tendering to delivery
  • Received industry award for managing the most innovative maritime procurement organization


Cees Amels

Born in Makkum in the province of Friesland, in the northern part of Holland as the eldest son of a shipbuilding family, Cees was destined to become a shipbuilder as well.

He moved to Haarlem in his late teens to study Shipbuilding/Naval Architecture. After his graduation in 1974 he moved to Vlissingen and worked for some time at the Naval Yard of the Royal Schelde. After this he moved back to Makkum and started working in the family yard.

At the end of the seventies the yard had started yacht building alongside commercial building, Cees moved to the yacht building department in the early eighties. The yard went bankrupt in 1987 but was taken over by other parties and ultimately by the Damen Shipyards Group which continued the yacht building. Cees had various different functions in the yard and became Project Manager for the building of yachts in 1992.

In 2005 the Amels yacht building in Makkum by Damen ended (moved to the Royal Schelde Yard in Vlissingen) and the yard in Makkum was taken over by Feadship (de Vries Scheepsbouw).

It was not possible to continue employment with de Vries and, after a few other jobs, Cees was employed as Project Manager in developing a 35 meter motor yacht for a private owner in 2007. This lasted until 2011 after which the project was abandoned.

Following this, Cees started his own business in Project Management / Consultancy: AMYCON – Amels Mega Yacht Consultancy.

He is available for yards and Owners amongst others to assist in realising new builds and refits etc.

Chris Quinn

Chris Quinn


Chris joined Baker Tilly, Isle of Man LLC in 2005 after being educated at St.Ninian’s High School in Douglas, Isle of Man. Chris went on to qualify as an Accounting Technician in 2007, before completing his Chartered Accountancy exams in 2010.

Chris has spent much of his 10 years at Baker Tilly in general practice dealing with audit, assurance and both personal and company taxation. On top of that, Chris acts as a Superintendent on a number of yachts as part of the group’s yachting interests, headed up under the trading name Baker Tilly Isle of Man Maritime.


Duncan Soffe

Raised in the West Country and growing up doing water sports Duncan pursued a career in the marine industry. He started as a crew member on-board large sailing yachts, during which time he gained his RYA Commercial Yachtmaster ticket.

On leaving the boats, Duncan went back to study and graduated with an HND in Naval Architecture and B.Eng in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. After completing his studies he started work with Amgram Ltd, designing patrol craft and as the superintendent for the build of two Archer Class vessels in Scotland.

The next move was to Lloyds Register of Shipping as a passenger ship and special service craft surveyor before moving to Nigel Burgess. It was during this time that he gained his Chartered Engineer status.

At Nigel Burgess Duncan was employed as their first naval architect and worked in the management department and new build section. During this period he oversaw the build of five superyachts.

From Nigel Burgess, Duncan moved to Advanced New Technologies (ANT), a bespoke audio visual and communications company in the superyacht sector where he worked as the Sales Director.

In 2006, Duncan set up evolute ltd, a company that specialises in Owner’s representation and project management. The company also offers pre-purchase and valuation surveys for superyachts and commercial vessels.

Duncan still runs evolute and has over twenty years’ experience in the superyacht sector.


Hugh N McQuaid

Master Mariner

Hugh is a retired ship master with sixteen years multi-national command experience in oil tankers from 25,000 dwt to VLCCs.

He is a Lloyds registered External Lead Assessor for both ISO 9002 and ISM Code and a registered OCIMF Inspector.

He held four United Kingdom Pilotage Licences by examination.

Hugh has spent some fifteen years of running his own business, with experience in inspection and audit management systems.

He is a long term member of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a member of the Chartered Quality Institute.


Gary Webster

MIIMS, AssocIMarEST, DipMarSur, MarEngTech, TechEng, RMS, CAE

Gary was first taught how to sail at the age of 13 by his uncle as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Most weekends were spent racing in dinghies around the South of England.

He started his engineering apprenticeship in 1978 and spent many years in the heavy diesel industry. In 1989 Gary became a consulting engineer for a large international insurance company diagnosing and investigating engineering claims. This work also took him to Canada as an independent consultant.

Throughout this period Gary has used his spare time working and repairing yachts and eventually moved to Spain with his family in 2002. Here he has used his insurance and engineering knowledge to develop his own surveying company on the Costa Blanca.


Ian Bryant

My career spans 40+ years from all operating stages to Chief Engineer on a variety of vessels which include crude and product tankers to offshore assets which include drilling rigs. More recently from 2002 formed an independent offshore consultancy company carrying out a range of consultancy work including training/ competency for blue chip offshore drilling/ production company. Other aspects of work include operations manuals for offshore and shipping assets as well as Failure Mode Effect Critical Analysis (FMECAs) for well-known offshore companies.


Ian Biles

Master Mariner, BEng (Hons), MA, CEng, CMarEng, DipMarSur, RYA Yachtmaster (Ocean), Eur Ing, FNI, MRINA, MIMarEST, MRIN, MSNAME, MIIMS, MSCMS, MHCMM, AMS (SAMS), MEWI

Ian started sailing with his father at the age of 12 and went to sea upon finishing school. He sailed worldwide for 13 years on a range of commercial ships spending his leave sailing yachts around the United Kingdom and in the Mediterranean. Throughout this time, Ian studied for various qualifications passing his Royal Yacht Association Ocean Yachtmaster Certificate in 1982 and Class 1 Master Mariner Certificate in 1984.

In 1988, Ian was recruited by Shell International Marine who sponsored him to return to university and study for an Honours degree in Naval Architecture. He went on to take a masters degree in Business Management.

Ian began his own marine surveying and consultancy business in 1992 at which time he became involved with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors and was subsequently elected as President for a three-year term in 1999.

Ian is possibly one of the most qualified marine surveyors in the business.


Jonathan Hadley-Piggin

BSc (Hons), MA, Dip Law, MNI, MRIN, ACI Arb, Solicitor

Jonathan Hadley-Piggin is a solicitor and consultant at the London based commercial law firm Keystone Law where he is a member of the firm’s shipping and marine department. Jonathan attended Warsash Nautical College in Southampton sponsored by BP Shipping, where he gained a Class III Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer). Following time at sea with BP he later gained a commission in the Royal Navy and attended Britannia Royal Navy College, then, sponsored by the Navy, read for a degree in Maritime Law and Economics at Cardiff University.

In the Royal Navy he specialised in navigation serving in frigates and nuclear submarines before leaving the Navy to pursue a career in law. Jonathan trained with the city firm Stephenson Harwood where, following qualification he specialised in commercial charter disputes, collision and salvage. He later started to concentrate more on the leisure sector both in the UK and abroad particularly in the super yacht arena where he is involved in drafting and negotiating a range of build and repair/refit contracts for super yachts for both builders and Owners. Jonathan is a regular speaker at industry events and lectures (where he is also a marker) on the MCA Master Yacht qualification course and for the British Marine Federation.


Jonathan Kemp


Jonathan Kemp qualified as a solicitor in 1990, after serving as a navigating officer in the Royal Navy. He specialises in maritime law, and in particular in maritime commercial contracts.

Jonathan has advised salvage companies and salved interests, together with their respective insurers, and also parties involved in wreck removal.

After working in Singapore and London, Jonathan is now based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He also practices as a notary public. He regularly speaks and leads workshops on maritime legal topics in the United Kingdom, India and the Far East. He advocates the use of plain English and is a member of Clarity International.

authors-lee-jason-archerLee Jason Archer

Lee Jason Archer has been working in the marine industry since June 1990. Since completing his engineering apprenticeship he has worked with leading UK and International companies involved with the design and manufacture of both yachts and commercial motor vessels, sized between 8m and 200m.

The first ten years of his career were spent working as a marine engineer or production design engineer whilst studying at Southampton College and University of Newcastle. During this time he further developed knowledge of the marine industry whilst working to implement regulations for the, then new, ISO RCD for a group of UK production sail boat manufacturers.

He later focused his attention on the design of production motor boats, spending almost six years specialising in the design and production of crafts for Fairline Boats Plc. It was here that he began to see how a unique blend of hand-built craftsmanship married with cutting-edge commercial production techniques could be successfully combined within the marine industry.

The opportunity to explore this more fully came when he started work for the superyacht manufacturer Palmer Johnson. The next five years were spent not only on the design of innovative products, but on the successful integration of technologies and business processes from sources outside of those normally seen in the marine industry.

The author has also been involved with a wide range of associated projects such as: the detailed planning of a bespoke superyacht shipyard, the development of new business processes for an established UK superyacht builder and the design of a series of modular catamaran craft aimed at the Windfarm industry, to mention a few.

He currently works for BMT Nigel Gee as a Senior Project Manager.


Michael J. Lacey

Master Mariner, Fellow of the Nautical Institute

Served at sea with Shaw Savill Line in all ranks from Apprentice to Chief Officer. Obtained British Foreign Going Master’s Certificate in November 1968.

January 1969 to September 1981 worked with London solicitors Constant & Constant and Horrocks & Co. dealing with LOF marine salvage claims, maritime collisions and other marine insurance matters.

From September 1978 to September 1981 Assistant Legal Adviser to International Salvage Union, (ISU).

January 1982 to March 1992 Managing Director of United Towing Ltd., the UK’s leading marine salvage and ocean towage company.

Significant involvement with Ministry of Defence during Operation Corporate and the Falklands Conflict in subsequent years. During this time was appointed as UK Adviser to NATO on marine salvage services in wartime.

Organised working party on behalf of International Salvage Union with BIMCO, P&I Clubs and International Chamber of Shipping which led to publication by BIMCO in 1986 of the first standard international ocean towage agreements, ‘TOWCON’ and ‘TOWHIRE’ and later the standard wreck removal and marine services agreements, ‘WRECKHIRE’, ‘WRECKFIXED’ and ‘WRECKSTAGE’.

A Member of the Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement Working Party from its formation in 1978 through to 2012.

1984 to 1992 Member of ISU Executive Committee. 1990 to 1992 Vice President of the ISU.

April 1992 Consultant to London solicitors Williamson & Horrocks. In the same year appointed Special Adviser to the ISU.

During 1997 to 1999 involved in the negotiations and drafting of the marine salvage Special Compensation P&I Club (‘SCOPIC’) Clause.

In 2000 Williamson & Horrocks merged with Shaw and Croft.

In October 2005 appointed Secretary General, International Salvage Union and retired from that post on December 31st 2012.

January 2013 to present – Marine Consultant to London solicitors Tatham Macinnes and their specialist arm serving the tug and towage industry, TugAdvise.


Liam Dowling

Liam started his career on Maxi yachts and sailing superyachts in 1993 and specialised as a rigger in the crew onboard. Since then he has worked both as a specialist rigger ashore and as a superyacht captain and crew worldwide. More recently Liam has been a project manager in charge of refit programs and a marine surveyor.


Neil Carrington

Neil Carrington has worked in the global employment services sector since 2001 when he was appointed Managing Director of an offshore employment company in Guernsey. Neil then joined CESG Limited as Chief Executive in 2008.

Neil began his career in 1974 as a Navigating Cadet with BP Shipping Limited and moved into the energy sector serving on offshore support vessels during which period he obtained a Class 1 (FG) Masters Certificate and attained the rank of Master. In 1992 Neil moved ashore, initially as Marine Operations Manager for OIL Limited and then into Personnel Management in 1994. During this period Neil established the Personnel Management section of the global operators Aberdeen based Common Services Unit. The Company operated 100 plus vessels and employed 2,500 personnel worldwide.

Whilst at OIL Limited Neil project managed a major change project for the business which involved transferring more responsibility for vessel operations back to the vessel senior management team. This project, called Boat 2000, won the Quality Scotland Award and resulted in improved operating efficiencies within the North Sea fleet and devolved authority back to the vessels.

With effect from 01 January 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Industrial Disputes Officer by the States of Guernsey.


Ray R.L.Tilley

C Eng MI Mar E

Recently retired from V Ships UK Ltd as a Fleet Manager and is now a Consultant Marine Engineer.

Career started in 1960 as a cadet in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) and obtaining First Class Certificate of Competency (Steam and Motor) while in their service. Seagoing experience was gained with the RFA until 1973 and Townsend Car Ferries (TCF) achieving the rank of Chief Engineer Officer before taking up a shore position in the Marine Department of TCF in 1976.

Continued as Technical Superintendent with TCF until 1981 at which time a position was taken up establishing an out office in Miami for Bolton Maritime Management. The office was to provide technical support for two Ro Ro vessels operating in the Caribbean and Central America. Transferred to Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) in 1983 as Port Engineer for vessels operating out of Miami, Los Angeles and Alaska.

Left CCL and started my own business LT Marine Engineering Consultant Engineers in 1988 providing services to the cruise industry based in Miami. After a brief spell as Technical Director of International Shipping Partners returned to the UK in 1995 joining Acomarit as Technical Superintendent. Acomarit was absorbed by V Ships in 1990 and I continued in their employ retiring with position of Fleet Manager in 2011.


Richard Cray

BEng (Hons), MIIMS, DipMarSur

Richard started sailing with his father from an early age and developed a love of the sea. Having studied engineering at university, he developed a base understanding of engineering principals, which led to his systematic way of thinking.

Following a number of years working in the finance industry as a senior manager, Richard retrained as a yacht surveyor. As a self-confessed ‘boat nerd’, his passion was in boating and he had always wanted to work in the industry.

Richard has owned and sailed a number of boats from racing modern yachts to creek crawling in a small bilge keel yacht. He has taken long breaks from work to cruise extensively with his wife on his Sadler.

Richard has a wide range of surveying experience from small sailing and motor boats to the world’s most renowned superyachts. He believes that the fundamental surveying principles are the same regardless of the type of vessel.


Russell Kelly

Russell is a partner of Lester Aldridge LLP, a law firm with offices in Bournemouth, Southampton and London, and is head of the firm’s shipping department, LA Marine. Following completion of his degree at Leeds University and the requisite law exams at the College of Law, Russell joined specialist shipping firm Thomas Cooper & Stibbard, London, in 1984 to undertake his articles (now known as a training contract). Upon qualification as a solicitor in 1986, he remained with Thomas Cooper & Stibbard becoming a partner in 1990 and dealing with many different aspects of shipping law.

Russell later relocated to Southampton and, together with two other city-trained shipping lawyers, he set up LA Marine upon joining Lester Aldridge in 2000. The team is now one of the largest regional specialist shipping law practices in the UK, boasting a client base spanning the globe which includes insurers, protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs, marine finance companies, cruise lines, other shipowners and operators, harbour and port authorities, marina operators, yacht charter companies, repair yards, yacht brokers and dealers, and private individuals.

The LA Marine team deals with all aspects of marine law from collisions, charter issues, bill of lading disputes and demurrage claims, to more general topics such as breach of contract, negligence and personal injury. It also offers expertise in noncontentious matters such as vessel sale and purchase contracts, charter agreements and port developments.

Russell is a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and is a regular speaker at various industry conferences and seminars around the world.


Shane Barks


Shane joined Baker Tilly Isle of Man LLC after being educated at St. Ninian’s High School on the Isle of Man.

After he qualified as a Certified Accountant he joined the company’s yachting administration team,

Baker Tilly Isle of Man Maritime, and now acts as Superintendent to number of large yachts. He now has over ten years experience in yacht accounting and administration.

Baker Tilly Isle of Man Maritime was formed to bring together the various strands of the group’s yachting interests.

Baker Tilly Isle of Man Maritime offers all ‘back-room’ services that are involved with superyachts, ranging from organizing the corporate ownership structure and the registration, through to the accounting, paying wages and undertaking onboard auditing of the ship’s books. It also advises on wider issues and, in particular, VAT for both private and commercial yachts.

In addition, the company handles the financial administration of a number of large yachts and has been authorised by the Isle of Man Administration as Representative Person for the Commercial Yacht Register.


Teresa Stevens

Guardian Maritime Limited

Teresa was raised and educated in Hampshire, after leaving school at 15 she went on to spend the next 30 years in the hospitality industry, starting at the bottom and working her way up to senior management level. Problem solving was a major part of job.

Married to David Stevens Mechanical Engineer, David designed a system that could be used to take remote control of vessels that had been pirated to enable the ship’s captain to manoeuvre the vessel from a citadel, this was demonstrated to a group of ship owners in Abu Dhabi where we controlled a vessel in the Solent.

The feedback from this demo was that although they were impressed with the system it made them very uneasy that anyone could take control of their vessels. They wanted something that would prevent pirates from accessing the deck of the vessels therefore allowing the vessel to escape capture.

This was when Teresa became involved in the problem and came up with the idea for Guardian, the reasoning for the design was to prevent the ladders and grappling hooks being used to gain access to the railings of the vessel and even if purchase could be gained the shape and construction of the Guardian units would still prevent access to the deck.

We piloted the first trials in September 2012 on a CMA CGM vessel who then reported back that the trial had been successful and we were fortunate to be given orders to protect the vessels transiting the High Risk Areas of the globe.

We have since gone on to protect the vessels of many major blue chip companies of the globe with Guardian Barriers.

At present we are protecting over 4000 crew and some 22 billion dollars’ worth of cargo on a daily basis around the globe in high risk areas.


Steven Jones

BSc (Hons), MSc, MNI, FRSA

Steven spent a decade working as a navigation officer in the merchant navy and was attacked by pirates while serving. After shifting ashore he advised numerous shipping companies on security planning – spending years researching, applying and developing an in-depth knowledge of security and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

This knowledge has provided the basis for a number of publications. These include, ‘Maritime Security’ (with a foreword provided by International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Secretary General emeritus Mr Mitropoulos), ‘Shipboard Access Control’, ‘Guide to Shipboard Searching’, ‘Lloyd’s Handbook on Maritime Security’, ‘How to Survive a Piracy Attack?’, and a new series of Nautical Institute guides covering how to cope with piracy, stowaways by sea and practical guidance on maritime security. He writes for a number of leading maritime related online sources, as well as respected industry journals.

His primary focus is on the human element – particularly the ways and means of bringing security techniques and effective management to commercial crews and shore management.

He has worked across the maritime industry, within shipping companies, insurers, publishers and professional bodies and was a driving force behind the development of The Security Association for the Maritime Industry and the Private Maritime Security Standards which the association introduced.

This experience has given an insight into some key aspects of the developments which were subsequent to this work, such as the evolution of the ISO/PAS28007 Standard, the development of the 100 Series Rules for the Use of Force and the launch of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICoC) Association in Switzerland.

He was the founder of the International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA). He is Vice President of the Propeller Club Liverpool, a Member of the Nautical Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Proprietor of The Athenaeum.