Luis Guarin

Luis Guarin

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Luis Guarin

Principal Naval Architect

based in Glasgow

Direct Tel: +44 7852 934422
Office Tel: +44 141 572 5570
Qualifications: MEng, PhD


Dr Luis Guarin is a Naval Architect with almost 20 years of consultancy experience in ship design, risk assessment as well as research and development.

Luis has been with Brookes Bell since 2011 following the incorporation of Safety at Sea Ltd into the group. He was previously Director of Safety Engineering of Safety Sea Ltd, a company which he joined in 2002, after completing a PhD at the University of Strathclyde.

He has been the lead consultant and author of over a hundred technical reports on a variety of topics related to risk and safety management in the design and operation of innovative and safety-critical vessels, marine equipment and port facilities.

Applying risk assessment methods to support innovative ship design

Luis collaborates with leading ship design companies, builders and shipowners in newbuilding and conversion projects undertaking technical feasibility assessments, safety and performance studies and assisting with class/statutory certification for passenger (cruise and ro-pax) ships, bulk carriers and large offshore construction vessels; his main areas of expertise include:

  • Statutory regulations compliance including SOLAS, MODU, PFEER and Safety Case Regulations
  • Safety level analysis (risk-based design) of safety-critical ships
  • Alternative design and arrangements
  • Fire safety and layout development
  • Safe Return to Port requirements
  • Crew emergency procedures, muster list, evacuation analysis
  • Escape, evacuation and rescue arrangements

Providing a scientific approach to consultancy and risk assessment

Luis and his team have significant expertise in carrying out HAZID, Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) and Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) in support of marine design and operations as well as regulatory developments.

Luis was involved in an international collaborative FSA study to improve the safety of bulk carriers, in the aftermath of the re-opened formal investigation into the loss of the MV Derbyshire. His work on bulk carriers’ seaworthiness and hatch cover strength contributed to relevant statutory and class rules (UR S21) developments.

He has conducted feasibility studies on behalf of shipowners on the implementation and the impact of new statutory requirements (load lines, ship stability, fire safety, emissions controls, redundancy of essential ship systems, manning) and operational changes on ship design and operation.

Together with Brookes Bell’s nautical experts, Luis has carried out marine and navigational risk assessments on behalf of ports developers, operators and local authorities.

Luis and his team have also been actively involved in large-scale R&D projects, contributing to the strengthening of the company’s capability, including risk-based methodologies and software tools for ship safety performance analysis, some of which have been commercialised by the company.

Design engineering services

Benefiting from the specialised knowledge and tools developed over many years of ship design consultancy, research and development and tapping into the multi-disciplinary marine expertise within the Brookes Bell Group, Luis and his team can offer specialised design engineering support services for innovative and complex marine projects.


  • PhD “A Probabilistic Risk Model of Green Seas Loads on Bulk Carriers”
  • MEng. Naval Architecture and Structural design of bulk carriers.
  • Associated Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)

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