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COVID-19 Update

Most of the Brookes Bell offices around the globe are currently working remotely in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Brookes Bell prides itself on the high level of service and support which it provides to its clients, and we have for some time been implementing IT systems and operational practises, which allow our teams to work remotely without impacting on the services we offer.

The current COVID-19 pandemic introduces several operational challenges for Brookes Bell and its clients, and we are continuing to provide support while still adhering to travel and local government restrictions. In all cases of attendance or site visits Brookes Bell is taking additional measures to ensure the safety of its employees and those on site. Even though we may not be able to attend in some cases we can continue to provide you with guidance on best practise and therefore we encourage you to continue to call us in order to discuss how we can adapt our services to assist.

We anticipate that the current landscape will be different for everyone over the coming months, but one of Brookes Bell’s key attributes is our ability to adapt and we will continue to do so to ensure that we retain our position as a leading multi-disciplinary technical and scientific consultancy serving the marine and energy sectors.

If you need to get in touch with us urgently - particularly out of office hours - we recommend calling our out of hours numbers or our team directly on mobiles if you know who you wish to speak to. Contact details, including mobile phone numbers for our employees are available on our website here www.brookesbell.com or alternatively you can use our Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the App Store®.

Minimising the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining service

Central to Brookes Bells Business Continuity arrangements is our ability to work remotely. Our Shanghai and Hong Kong offices have been able to work from home fully and effectively since the start of the outbreak in January, allowing normal business operations to continue.

As of Wednesday 18 March all our UK offices will be working remotely. We will still be providing the same high levels of service our clients have come to expect from Brookes Bell and we will strive to support our clients through what is a difficult time for everyone.

If you need to get in touch with us urgently - particularly out of office hours - we recommend calling our out of hours numbers or our team directly on mobiles if you know who you wish to speak to. Contact details, including mobile phone numbers for our employees are available on our website here www.brookesbell.com or alternatively you can use our Contacts app for both Android™ and iPhone®, available on Google Play™ and on the App Store®.

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New Starter

Brookes Bell is pleased to welcome Tryphonas Petrou to the team. Tryphonas, a Senior Mechanical Engineer, is based in our Glasgow office.

Brookes Bell expands SCR team

Brookes Bell is pleased to welcome Michael Riddell and William Leschaeve to the team.  Michael (Senior Master Mariner - Singapore office) and William (Senior Naval Architect - London office) will expand the existing SCR team both in numbers and global presence allowing Brookes Bell to assist clients in all aspects of salvage related projects.

Michael Riddell William Leschaeve

Marine Coatings: First Line of Defence for Corrosion and Cargo Protection

Senior Coating Consultant, Dr Luigi Petrone, has given a presentation on coatings – “Marine Coatings: First Line of Defence for Corrosion and Cargo Protection”. A recording of the presentation is available below.

Our next presentation “BBSIM Ship Handling Software – Capability and Recent Developments” will be on Thursday 19 March at 08.30 (GMT) and delivered by Naval Architects, Dr Bogdan Ganea and Gurpreet Grewal. If you would like further information on how to join the live presentation please contact events@brookesbell.com

New Starters

We are very pleased to announce six new starters to the Liverpool office. Our new marine engineers, master mariners, paint coatings specialists and NDT technicians enhance our existing team and allow us to further diversify into new markets.

Contact details and biographies for each new starter are detailed below.



Judith Fergus – Judith is a qualified Chemist with over 30 years' experience in marine, protective coatings and fire proofing. She has worked in the shipping, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors, handling research & development, marketing, business development and sales with global companies. Her main areas of expertise cover a range of investigative, managerial and paint product development in the marine and protective coatings industry. Prior to joining Brookes Bell, Judith worked in the technical operations department of a major coating manufacturer for many years.

Direct Tel: +44 74719 97353

Email: judith.fergus@brookesbell.com

Graeme Kirby – Graeme is an Engineering Technician (PCN Level 2, ISO 9712) specialising in the field of Non-Destructive Testing. Graeme has worked in the Heavy Industry Sector for 15 years, with a wealth of experience in the field of Oil Gas, Energy, Rail Integrity Inspection and Material Analysis. Prior to joining Brookes Bell, he spent many years providing expert technical support and advice to OEM’s, industry Owners and Operators and has worked on outage campaigns and shutdowns across Europe.

Direct Tel: +44 151 236 0083

Email: graeme.kirby@brookesbell.com

Martin Beech – Martin is an Engineering Technician (PCN Level 2, ISO 9712) specialising in the field of NDT. Martin has worked in the Heavy Industry Sector for 5 years, with a wealth of experience in the field of Oil Gas and Energy. He has spent many years providing expert technical support and advice to OEM’s, industry Owners and Operators and has worked on outage campaigns and shutdowns across Europe. His work throughout his career has entailed providing pre and in-service inspection, corrosion monitoring.

Direct Tel: +44 7989 574 704

Email: martin.beech@brookesbell.com

Lee Lewtas –Lee is a Marine Engineer with a STCW 2010 III/2 Chief Engineer’s Unlimited Motor Certificate of Competency and is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. Prior to joining Brookes Bell, Lee spent 13 years' at sea, starting on container vessels and then moving on to large Ro-Pax ferries. In this time, he has gained experience on large 2-stroke engines, but more recently has been sailing as Chief Engineer on large Ro-Pax ferries, gaining considerable experience in the operation and maintenance of medium-speed 4-stroke engines along with all associated ancillary equipment.

Direct Tel: +44 7515 597963

Email: lee.lewtas@brookesbell.com>

Aadeela Zumla – Aadeela is an Integrity Engineer and Senior Plant Inspector with over ten years’ experience in the heavy industry sector, specialising in marine, offshore and land-based heavy production. Aadeela is certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) as a Piping Inspector (API 570) and Pressure Vessels Inspector (API 510), and by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a Senior Plant Inspector (ASME Level 2).Prior to joining Brookes Bell, Aadeela was responsible for the inspection, maintenance and repairs of various FPSO and fixed offshore assets for Operators in the North Sea.

Direct Tel: +44 7471 999742

Email: aadeela.zumla@brookesbell.com

Dominic Bell – Dominic is a Master Mariner with command experience. Previously, he sailed as Master with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd. During his 19 years at sea, he sailed on various ship types, including freight ferries, Ro-Pax and high-speed passenger ferries and various naval auxiliaries. Dominic has considerable ship management experience and has served as Designated Person Ashore, Company Security Officer and Crisis Manager. He has extensive pilotage and ship-handling experience on various ship types, having served as a marine pilot and held pilotage exemption certificates as Master.

Direct Tel: +44 7879 425024

Email: dominic.bell@brookesbell.com

Publication of Statistics and Interpretation of Results Article



Director of Science, Tim Moss, and Principal Scientist, Daniel Sheard, recently wrote an article on statistics and interpretation of results.

To read more, click here.

The Mersey Cluster – A Round Table Debate

Marketing Manager, Adam Whittle, took part in a round-table debate about the Mersey Cluster which was chaired by Sean Moloney. Panellists included Dr Dimitrios Paraskevadakis (LJMU), Gareth Gilbert BSc(Hons) (Stone Marine Shipcare), Steven Jones FRSA, Sue Henney (KVH Industries) and Mike Williams MSc, CSyP (MIRIS International).

To read more, click here (P 44-50)..

Hong Kong Seminar: Current Contamination Cases

Tim Moss, Luigi Petrone and Karwei So will give a talk titled ‘Analysis Paralysis?’ in which they will help you understand how common scientific techniques work. Ivan Todorov; our Singapore-based tanker master will also host a ‘Tanker Tribulations’ talk discussing his own experiences where he has witnessed liquid cargo become contaminated. Finally, Mike Liu; our Singapore-based fuel chemist, will explain how in the bunker business not all can be as it seems and how analysis can separate fact from fiction.

We hope to see you all there. You can view the leaflet here.

Brookes Bell acquires specialist petroleum consultancy Associated Petroleum Consultants Ltd.

Brookes Bell, the leading international multi-disciplinary technical and scientific consultancy serving the marine and energy sectors, announces the acquisition of Associated Petroleum Consultants (APC) for an undisclosed consideration.

APC is an association of consultants to the oil and shipping industry, with over 30 years of experience in the investigation of disputes and claims arising from the various technical aspects in the quantity and quality control of bulk liquid oil transport.

Ray Luukas, Chief Technical Officer, Brookes Bell, says: “We have long recognised expertise across international marine and energy sectors and are constantly looking to develop and improve the services we offer to our clients. APC’s specialist knowledge and expertise in petroleum and related fields are particularly relevant at this time and will significantly enhance our service proposition to clients in this area. David and his team are now a welcome addition to Brookes Bell and we look forward to working with them as we continue to develop our range of technical services.”

Captain David Payne, Director says: “As a leading expert in all aspects of the quantity and quality control of bulk-shipped liquid cargoes, I believe APC will provide important specialist and complementary expertise to enhance Brookes Bell’s already comprehensive range of services.”

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