Marine Engineering

Marine Engineering - machinery failures

Machinery failures can be costly, dangerous and lead to delays, increased costs and even litigation. So, if you’ve experienced a machinery failure and need to find out who and what is at fault, who can help? 

Brookes Bell can.

Covering the complete lifecycle of maritime assets, Brookes Bell’s marine engineers are able to investigate a wide range of incidents whether they occur on:

  • Ships
  • Superyachts
  • Cranes
  • Jack-up rigs
  • FLNG carriers
  • FPSOs
  • Floating wind turbines

Or, fixed structures such as:

  • Production platforms
  • Fixed-bottom offshore wind farms
  • Port and miscellaneous infrastructure
  • Gantry cranes

Drawing upon decades of real-world experience serving in senior ranks at sea, our marine engineers can provide everything from preliminary advice through to detailed analytical comment and analysis to a forensic level; whatever your machinery failure requirements, our marine engineers can meet them.

Types of machinery failures investigated

We know that maritime and energy environments often require complex engineering solutions. But, with complexity, failures can sometimes arise.

Failures which need to be investigated.

Our marine engineers have experience investigating a wide range of machinery failures, including:

  • Propulsion engines
  • Slow, medium and high-speed diesel engines
  • Steam turbines & boilers
  • Diesel and electric auxiliary machinery, including generators
  • Electrical failures
  • Control and instrumentation failures
  • Small craft propulsion engines

Our marine engineers are also able to assess the nature and extent of damage to project cargo where machinery and structure are involved.

Key contact

Brendan Cuffe

Brendan Cuffe

Chief Technical Officer, Marine Engineer


work +44 151 236 0083
Martin Twomey

Martin Twomey

Director of Brookes Bell USA, Marine Engineer


work +1 281 444 9495
Tom Ainsley

Tom Ainsley

Director of Asia-Pacific, Marine Engineer


work +65 6539 0540

Marine engineering services

In addition to our core marine engineering services outlined above, we also offer highly-specialised services for the investigation of specific incidents and failures, including:

When something goes wrong at sea, it generally takes more than one discipline to put things right.

That’s why here at Brookes Bell we offer a truly interdisciplinary service. 

So, in addition to our marine engineers, we can also draw upon a range of other disciplines and expertise including metallurgy, Master Mariner services, salvage and wreck removal, scientific and cargo expertise and more.

In other words - if you are facing a complex challenge, we have all the disciplines and expertise on hand to solve it for you.

This joined up approach to maritime incidents also generates significant cost savings, which we are able to pass on to you.

Brookes Bell - your single source solution.

Speak to Brookes Bell about your marine engineering requirements today.

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