Senior Master Mariner
Dominic Bell is a Master Mariner with command experience. He joined Brookes Bell in January 2020 and became Senior Master Mariner in October 2022.
Previously, he held a position as Marine Manager with Seatruck Ferries Ltd. and sailed as Master with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd. During his 20 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.
Dominic has carried out a variety of survey and opinion-based work since joining Brookes Bell; these are listed at the end of this CV. He has prepared replays of navigational incidents using the Company’s Marine Accident Data Analysis Suite (MADAS), which have been used during arbitration proceedings in the UK.
He has prepared technical reports and given evidence as an expert witness in court in the UK.
Master – Unlimited – II/2
Lead Auditor ISM
Navigation Assessor (Nautical Institute NA00092)
Higher National Diploma (Nautical Science)
Nautical Institute (Associate Fellow)
Royal Institute of Navigation (Associate Fellow)
Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM)
Previous Employment History
Seatruck Ferries Ltd. – Marine Manager
Served as Marine Manager for 12 years, DPA, CSO and Crisis Manager for a fleet of 12 Class 7 Ro-Ros. He has extensive knowledge of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and assisted in the development of the company’s Safety Management System, risk assessment system, re-wrote the crisis management procedures and instigated a bespoke Bridge Resource Management course in conjunction with Lairdside Maritime Centre. During his time at Seatruck, Dominic led Company accident investigations into several major casualties (including the grounding of RIVERDANCE), liaising with the MAIB and other Flag and Port State authorities. A qualified Lead Auditor, he undertook the majority of safety and security audits. He also developed a detailed vessel inspection regime and carried out many such inspections. He played a leading role in the implementation of Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) compliance on all ships.
Associated British Ports – Marine Pilot (Humber)
Responsible for the safe pilotage of various ship types on the Humber estuary, River Ouse and River Trent.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd. – Master
Served as Master on Ro-Pax and High-Speed Passenger Craft (HSC). Gained pilotage exemption certificates for ports visited. Assisted in the training of chief officers to become Masters. Undertook project work to re-write Craft Operating Procedures, On-board Training Procedures and revise generic risk assessments.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd. – Chief Officer
Served as Chief Officer on Ro-Pax, High-Speed Passenger Craft (HSC) and Class 7 Ro-Ros. Responsible for the safe loading and stability of vessels and head of the deck department. Assisted with the on-board training of new recruits. Briefly seconded to ship management to re-write Emergency Muster Lists and emergency procedures for HSC. Assisted in the re‑fit and dry-docking of vessels.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service – Second Officer
Served as Second Officer on various vessels, as senior bridge-watchkeeper, navigating officer and operations officer.
Surveying and Consultancy Experience
Damage to and/or loss involving:
- Break bulk cargoes
- Port structure assessment following vessel contact
- Structural damage to vessels
Advice and supervision:
- Flag State Administration audits (Hong Kong)
- Loading bulk scrap metal cargo
- ‘What-if’ scenarios (conduct between vessels)
- Navigation Assessments
- Route operational assessment (ferry service)
- Resource management assessments (ferry service)
- Vessel inspections (in preparation for Port State Control)
Investigation into and providing expert opinion on:
- Analysis of bridge team actions following collision
- Analysis of crew actions in the event of and during fire incidents
- Berthing investigations (including Mississippi)
- Conduct of vessels
- Disputes arising from pilot transfer arrangements
- ISM matters
- Lashing and securing of cargo
- Loss overboard of wind turbine cargoes
- MSG Prospector AIS playback analysis
- Personal injury resulting from failed pilot transfer arrangements
- Speed and consumption performance disputes
- Standards of seamanship, including application of the Collision Regulations
- VDR and AIS analysis of collisions, allisions and groundings