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Ticking boxes won’t save you in a MARPOL dispute

Brookes Bell Partner and Marine Engineer Chris Dyson advises ship owners on how best to protect their vessels against one of the shipping industry’s potentially most costly uninsured liabilities: http://bit.ly/1VIl0tW


Brookes Bell Group win Mersey Maritime SME of the year award 2016

Brookes Bell Group, is delighted to have won the SME Business of the Year Award 2016 at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards ceremony held in March. This is the second consecutive year that Brookes Bell has won an award at the event, having taken home the Global Reach Award in 2015.

Having been in business for some 113 years and with our roots firmly in Liverpool, today the Group leads the market in professional expertise and experience across all the major maritime and scientific disciplines, operating out of offices in Liverpool, London Tower Bridge, Sidcup, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. All of the company’s full-time personnel work exclusively for the Group, enabling us to provide specialist advice in a wide range of inter-disciplinary areas.

Colin Kershaw, Managing Partner at Brookes Bell Group was delighted to receive the SME Business of the Year Award on the Group's behalf and commented, "We are delighted to be honoured with the Group’s second industry award at the Mersey Maritime ceremony. This is a wonderful occasion and one that recognises all those in the industry who play such a significant part in making Liverpool and the North West a fantastic region to do business. We are so proud of all of the team involved in achieving such a prestigious accolade."

New Starters in August, September and October 2015

Welcome to:

Diego Cerquenich joined Brookes Bell as a Master Mariner in our Sidcup office in September, 2015, from a position as a Marine Consultant at Cecea Marine Consulting Spa, where he conducted various surveys and inspections including damage assessments on project cargoes and containers.

Hans Langsrud joined Brookes Bell as a Master Mariner in our Hong Kong office in August, 2015. Before starting his surveying/consultancy career, Hans was a senior executive risk manager at Skuld, Oslo, and member of the Club's casualty support group. Hans is also a Special Casualty Representative (SCR) at Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch.

Mimi Gao joined Brookes Bell in our Singapore office as a Naval Architect with a BEng degree in Naval Architecture and a PhD degree in computational fluid dynamics in August, 2015. She has a strong background in different numerical methods for applications in both structural and fluid mechanics.

Dr. Luigi Petrone, an Italian-born Scientist, joined Brookes Bell in October, 2015 after 5 years postdoctoral experience at Linköping University, Sweden and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Luigi has now moved to our Hong Kong office after an initial training period in the UK.

Dr Nick Chapman joined Brookes Bell in our Liverpool office in October, 2015. He has an honours degree in Biology and a doctorate in Plant and Soil Science from Durham University.

ISO9001 Certification

Congratulations to our Singapore office on attaining certification to ISO9001:2008. All units in the Brookes Bell Group are now certified to the International Standard.


Dr Martin Jonas was a speaker at a well-attended webinar session on the IMSBC Code, hosted by the BIMCO Marine Department on 21 October 2015 The one-hour long webinar on the IMSBC Code, highlighted two very relevant issues for members on “How to carry bulk cargoes safely – a shared risk?” and “What is it – identifying cargo hazards under the IMSBC Code”.

The webinar was hosted by Ms. Ai Cheng Foo Nielsen, marine technical officer and joined by two distinguished speakers in their respective fields of expertise, Colin Gillespie, Deputy Director ( Loss Prevention) of North of England P&I Club and our very own Martin Jonas, Partner and Consulting Scientist of Brookes Bell Group.

The webinar was well attended and many of the questions asked related to the carriage of bauxite cargoes and how these cargoes could be distinguished as Group A or Group C.

A video recording of the webinar is now archived at the BIMCO homepage at: https://www.bimco.org/Community/Webdialog/Previous_Webinars/2015_10_21_IMSBC_Code.aspx

IMCC Dublin 2015

Senior partner, Ray Luukas, and Duncan Tanner attended the International Marine Claims Conference at Dublin in September this year where Ray was one of the speakers for the Machinery Damage session.

FAROS Public Workshop - Human factors in risk-based design methodology

The third and final public workshop of our EU project was held in September in London. The project coordinated by Brookes Bell and led by Romanas Puisa involved 12 partner companies from 6 EU countries together with industrial advisors.

Seven of our own people attended together with representatives of the consortium, representatives from Meyer Werft and Meyer Werft Turku shipyards, and the Secretary General of Community of European Shipbuilders' Association (CESA). The project, which started in October 2012 is nearing completion and final reporting to the EU. The deliverables are available on the FAROS website.

Managing Partner, Colin Kershaw, closed the workshop by commending Romanas, Charles Bliault, Amanda Smith and the rest of our team, congratulating the consortium members on their cooperation and thanking the EU for the €3m investment which had made the research project possible.

Brookes Bell Cycling Team Success!

Our seven man Brookes Bell Cycle Team successfully rode the 969miles route from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in 9 days (64.5 hours in the saddle). Barring five minor crashes (3 involving cyclists and 2 involving the 1st campervan), 4 punctures and 2 broken spokes, the team worked together and crossed the finish line in John O’Groats together.

Our thanks for the support and donations given for our worthy charities. We raised well over £10,000 for Ronald McDonald House, Queenscourt Hospice, Mission to Seafarers and the City of Liverpool Rotary Club.

Brookes Bell featured in ITN programme for UK Chamber of Shipping

Brookes Bell have been featured in the ITN production "A Maritime Nation". The video can be viewed below:

Bob Vart moves to Consultancy Role

Bob Vart has eased back from his role as Managing Director and full time Partner in Brookes Bell Hong Kong to take up a consultant role with us. He will be winding down his work gradually and will remain as a Director of BBHK whilst handing over day to day responsibility to the other Partners. Our thanks to Bob for his help over the years – as an engineer and for joining with us and welcoming us back to Hong Kong in 2011.