David Faulkner Joins Braemar SA Ports & Harbours Team

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) is very pleased to announce the appointment of David Faulkner as ‘Manager, Ports and Harbours (Middle East)’.

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David is a Master Mariner and pilot and will be based in the Braemar SA Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in providing specialist port consultancy services on aspects such as vessel manoeuvring, navigation, VTS (vessel traffic service) and marine risk, as well as providing expert opinion services to the insurance and legal markets on navigation, unsafe berth and unsafe port cases. David has worked for many years in the Middle East and will be responsible for the development of Braemar SA’s Ports & Harbours consultancy services in this market.

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Braemar SA Publishes Its Third Edition of “A Guide to Hull and Machinery”

 

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”), the international multi-disciplinary marine surveyors and consultants, has published the third edition of its well-regarded Guide to Hull & Machinery. The publication is primarily designed to help those with a non-technical background and who are possibly unfamiliar with some or all of the nautical and engineering technical terms used in marine survey reports.

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Braemar SA Welcomes New Senior Maritime Civil Engineer to Its Ranks

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Armour as Senior Maritime Civil Engineer within its Ports & Harbours division.

Brian will be based in the Singapore office and has many years’ experience in the design, analysis and construction of jetties and port structures in Australia and Asia.  He will focus on providing advice on dock damage cases, and on berth safety disputes, on behalf of P&I Clubs, insurers and marine solicitors. He will, in addition, assist in the further development of Braemar SA’s Ports and Harbours consultancy services. Read more

BRAEMAR SA APPOINTS TIM LEWIS AS “DIRECTOR, PORTS & HARBOURS”

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”), the international multi-disciplinary marine surveyors and consultants, has announced that Mr Tim Lewis has today been appointed to the newly created position of “Director, Ports & Harbours”. Mr Lewis holds a masters degree in Civil and Maritime Engineering, and a masters degree in Business Administration, and joins Braemar SA from another leading marine consultancy where he held a similar position for many years.

Mr Lewis has been a marine consultant for over 25 years and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. His early career focussed on the design, analysis and warranty of structures for ports, inshore and offshore projects, whilst over the last 15 years he has focussed on providing expert opinion to marine solicitors, P&I Clubs, terminal owners and insurers. He advises on issues such as the extent of damage, repair methods, repair costs and methods of mitigation. He also provides expert opinion on unsafe berth cases considering aspects such as jetty layout, fendering, moorings and structural adequacy. He has acted on nearly 100 dock damage and marine incidents around the world and has on many occasions given expert evidence in court and arbitration hearings. He has also undertaken numerous shipping studies, operational simulations and delay analyses for several ports and projects. Aspects considered include risk analysis of the proposed developments, vessel throughput, berth occupancy and downtime, optimal dredged depth and optimisation of tug and pilot numbers.

Ports & Harbours is a new business line within Braemar SA’s marine consultancy practice and is further evidence of the Company’s commitment to growing its marine consultancy capability. Based in the Company’s London office Mr Lewis will be responsible for expanding the Ports & Harbours business globally and additional recruitment to the team will follow.

Nigel Clark, Braemar SA Managing Director, said; “I am delighted we have been able to attract a marine professional of Tim’s calibre to Braemar SA to head up our new Ports & Harbours technical consultancy. Tim is extremely well regarded within the industry and under his direction we anticipate being able to offer clients a very creditable and professional alternative to their current providers of the full range of these services going forward. Tim will continue to use his technical engineering and expert witness skills and experience to personally handle disputes and cases on behalf of clients whilst also managing what we expect will be a rapid growth of the newly formed Ports & Harbours department within Braemar SA.”

Braemar SA operates via a global network of offices and is a leading provider of hull & machinery damage surveys, general marine surveys, risk management services and marine consultancy services to the shipping, marine insurance, maritime law and offshore energy industries. The Company is a part of the Braemar shipping Services plc group of companies and a member of the Technical Services Division.

PORT & SHIPYARD FAMILIARISATION COURSES HELP DEVELOP EXPERT KNOWLEDGE FOR MARINE PROFESSIONALS

Marine insurance professionals have a number of opportunities this year to go behind the scenes at ports in Piraeus, Greece, Falmouth, UK and Singapore, to understand at first-hand the technical aspects of damage encountered in marine losses, as well as their surveying, investigating and reporting techniques.

Hosted free of charge by Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”) each course will enable invited participants from the marine insurance market the opportunity to gain basic practical knowledge and background which will help them to interpret surveyor’s reports when dealing with marine claims and insurance.

Braemar SA has been running this popular initiative for many years, reinforcing its commitment to the industry by providing background knowledge and understanding to marine insurance professionals on important aspects of ship construction, shipyard operations, and their repair procedures.

The courses offered for 2015 include:
Port & Shipyard Familiarisation 3 Day Course, Piraeus, May
• Tour of local dry and floating docks
• Tour of Perama repair zone to see underwater hull sections and slipway where vessel is under construction
• Visit to Elefsis Shipyards
• Guided tour of a Hellenic Navy Fast Attack Craft
• Potential guided tour of a Mega Yacht
• Visit to Drapetsona repair zone and guided tour of inter-island ferry, seeing a full active engine room
• Trip to local machinery workshop to see engine components under repair
• Opportunity to board local salvage tug to see towing and salvage equipment

Port & Shipyard Familiarisation 2 Day Course, Falmouth, May
• Tour of A&P Falmouth shipyard operations, including dry dock and repair workshops
• Guided tour of local superyacht building yard
• Boat trip around anchorage to see ships being bunkered and in lay-up
• A visit to the MCA Marine Coastguards and tour of their local facilities and operations

Port & Shipyard Familiarisation Course, Singapore, November
• One-day intensive course
• Visit to ship under repair
• Course partners include Smit International and Sembawang Shipyard

All the above itineraries are subject to availability and weather conditions nearer the time.

All of the courses include a range of technical presentations given by industry specialists and Braemar SA’s technical personnel. Feedback from previous participants has been extremely positive with attendees praising the level of detailed information delivered and the superb opportunities for vessel and port visits provided.

Nigel Clark, Managing Director of Braemar SA, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these courses. We believe the detailed industry knowledge provided by our free courses benefits all participants who gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of marine claims and we are pleased to be able to provide this service for the benefit of the shipping community.”

BRAEMAR SA OPENS NEW OFFICE IN TURKEY

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”), the international multi-disciplinary marine surveyors and consultants, has created a permanent presence in Turkey through the establishment of a new subsidiary Company and the opening of an office in Istanbul. The office is currently based in the Besiktas district of the city but will be moving to new premises in the Kadikoy district in the near future.

Uluç Mӧrek has joined Braemar SA and will be the resident staff surveyor and manager of the Istanbul office. Uluç is a qualified naval architect and marine engineer and he has significant experience of working within shipyards on major repairs of all types of vessels and of conversion projects. Fluent in both Turkish and English Uluç has previously acted as a repair planning engineer and a superintendent engineer. The Istanbul office will be supported by experienced Braemar SA staff already based in the region and further local staff surveyors will be appointed in due course.

Nigel Clark, Braemar SA Managing Director, said; “We regularly undertake surveys, risk management instructions and consultancy assignments in and around Istanbul and the establishment of an office there with staff surveyors on site will enable us to better serve both our local and our international clients. We are seeing an increased level of activity within the Eastern Mediterranean/Black Sea region in general, and within Turkey in particular, and our new Istanbul office will complement our existing regional offices in Varna (Bulgaria) and Piraeus (Greece). Together these three offices will be able to offer the full range of our marine surveying, casualty investigation, consultancy, marine warranty and risk management services to clients on a local basis. We see Turkey as a key location for our services going forward and we expect to recruit further staff surveyors for the Istanbul office in the near future.”

Braemar SA operates via a global network of offices and is a leading provider of hull & machinery damage surveys, general marine surveys, risk management services and marine consultancy services to the shipping, marine insurance, maritime law and offshore energy industries. The Company is a part of the Braemar shipping Services plc group of companies and a member of the Technical Services Division.

Engine Room Fires – Old Lessons Not Learnt Says Braemar SA

“Lessons are still not being learned when it comes to preventing engine room fires.” This is the message from Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA’s Far East operations, following a review of incidents taking place in 2013.

“Last year we attended a significant number of engine-room fires – the industry is still experiencing far too many unnecessary casualties where flammable liquids in engine rooms are finding their way onto hot spots,” he says. ”On many of the vessels I visit, these hot spots are only too easy to find, with thermal imaging photographs readily identifying these defects”.

Yet despite all the attention Class aims at fire prevention and protection design, potential problems must be detected earlier to ensure a fast and efficient first response. A crew has only limited resources available and time to prevent any problem escalating.

At any one time in a modern engine room there can be thousands of litres of flammable liquids circulating inside the pipe systems. Aside from the obvious risk to life, a ship fire is inevitably a very expensive, time consuming, property repair. Heat damage, firefighting effort damage, acid residues from burnt plastics, soot cleaning and painting all add up, leaving a cost which is extremely hard to control for all involved.

According to IACS rules and after 1998, also SOLAS Ch II-2 Reg.15.2.10, all surfaces above 220oc must be insulated or protected in order to prevent ignition of flammable fluids. However, there appears to be a continuing neglect of areas where flammable liquids can escape from high pressure (HP) and LP (low pressure) fuel, HP and LP lubricating, purifier and fuel valve cooling systems.

He explains: “In reality basic maintenance is all that is required. Engine room crew should carry out regular inspection of pipes and associated fittings; they should refit brackets and lagging when carrying out maintenance; leaks should be repaired quickly before a drip becomes a spray; spares for HP fuel pipes should be available, and leakage alarm systems should be tested regularly. Prevention is as straightforward as that.”

Braemar SA Strengthens its Yacht Services Capability with Strategic Appointment

Braemar SA, the multi-disiplinary Marine Surveying and Technical Consultancy arm of Braemar Technical Services (BTS) has announced a key appointment to further strengthen its yacht services capability. The Company’s latest recruit, Stefano Scarpa, joins Braemar SA’s well established team of marine consultants and surveyors specialising in yacht services and brings with him a wealth of experience to this important sector.

Stefano is a maritime professional with 15 years’ experience in working in the superyacht market, including experience in design, naval architecture consulting and project management. In his previous role as Senior Naval Architect and Project Manager with a major international superyacht specialist, he reviewed and monitored the design and construction of new build yachts on behalf of yacht owners, in addition to carrying out pre-purchase surveys, warranty surveying and technical due diligence for financial institutions.

“Alongside our traditional services Braemar SA has a well-established global yacht surveying and consultancy capability,” says Nigel Clark, Managing Director of Braemar SA. “With a broad base of experts strategically located around the world, including within the important yacht centres such as London, Miami and Dubai, we are ideally placed to further expand our range of services in this exciting sector of the market and we are delighted to welcome Stefano on board. His move to Braemar SA will add a new dimension to the team and contribute to our continued growth in this sector.

Although technically the challenges facing the surveyor or consultant when dealing with superyachts can be very similar to those when dealing with other vessels, there are still always some differences in approach that make this a niche sector requiring specific skills.”

Braemar SA Recruits for the Future

In a move which reinforces its commitment to future growth, Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (Braemar SA), announces important new additions to its worldwide team of marine surveyors and consultants, as well as the opening of two new locations.

In the growing New York office, John Walker will be joining Braemar SA as Chief Surveyor, P&I and Legal Services Manager for the Americas, bringing with him extensive experience of marine consultancy at a senior level. Also new to the New York office is Luca Bruga, a naval architect, who will be joining as a Staff Surveyor. Luca was previously with The American P&I Club where he most recently worked within their loss prevention department.

Elsewhere three new Staff Surveyors have also been appointed. Christian Vammen brings his industry expertise to Dubai, Paul Saunders, a marine engineer becomes part of the London team and Freddie Lighthelm, a master mariner, joins in Capetown.

Braemar SA has opened an office in Seattle to support US West Coast operations, and north into Canada and Alaska, with Jonathan Wanliss appointed as Principal Surveyor. Within the Far East region it has established an office in Manila, with Marx Quebral transferring from the Singapore office to take on the role of Principal Surveyor.

Speaking on these new appointments and new offices Nigel Clark, Braemar SA Managing Director, says; “In our industry, recruiting well qualified and experienced technical staff is always a challenge, and I’m delighted that we have managed to attract five new recruits of such high calibre. Not only will our new staff members help to grow our business but they will also, along with our existing surveyors and consultants, form a part of our succession planning process to ensure we have suitably qualified and experienced senior managers in the future. I’m also delighted with the progress to date of our new offices in Seattle and Manila, both of which are proving very successful.”

Popular Market Briefings Brought to Singapore by Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association)

This autumn, Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (Braemar SA), has taken its successful formula of Lloyds market briefings to Singapore, and launched a new series of market briefings held at both Asia Square – known as ‘mini’ Lloyds – and at a number of corporate headquarters including those of RSA, QBE and First Capital. This Monday saw the most recent of those briefings, providing an overview of current cases of interest as well as a technical presentation on issues of concern to underwriters. Guests were able to benefit from Braemar SA’s wide experience of marine casualties, and more importantly, to identify and explore the lessons learned by those incidents.

“Rapid development has seen Singapore evolve into Asia’s marine insurance hub,” said Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA in Asia, speaking after this week’s successful event. “Consequently we have seen a large influx of international insurers, brokers and lawyers joining their already very active local counterparts. For many years we have presented a monthly market briefing at Lloyds to marine underwriters, claims handlers and brokers in the London insurance market, and I am delighted to have been able to extend this to the Far East. The success of the event earlier this week has shown that there is a place for these briefings in the Singapore calendar and we look forward to running our next market briefing in the New Year.”

During the briefings, attendees examine current cases, investigate statistical trends and undertake brief, relevant tutorials. To maintain confidentiality, estimated costs are often preliminary and subject to further inspections and or investigations; and to maintain reputations, vessels and their respective owners remain anonymous.

Reflecting on the success of the new briefings, Mr Temple commented; “Knowledge sharing has always been a key part of our client engagement process providing sustainable improvement beyond our specific projects. We actively help clients develop their knowledge and skills so they can make well-informed business decisions. This is our way of communicating with the international marine insurance market, highlighting key trends and educating the market on current topics. We see hundreds of casualties every year and each case has a lesson to be learned in some way, which can only benefit the recipients educationally and in way of loss prevention. Due to the positive feedback we have received we are currently exploring the opportunities for the briefings to become part of the local insurance industry accreditation for CPD as they currently do in the UK.”

The next briefing will take place in Asia Square early in the New Year. If you are interested in this event please contact our Singapore office: Singapore@braemar.com.

Insurers Need To Be Asking Questions To Cut Casualties And Costs, Says Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association)

Underwriters should be asking more questions at the time of placing or renewing marine insurance to reduce the risk of major incidents and cut unnecessary costs, suggests Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association).

Speaking at the International Union of Marine Insurance annual conference in San Diego last week, Regional Director for the Americas, Richard Gayton, said the vulnerability of vessels to both attritional and major losses should not be masked by the label of human error. He called for underwriters to ask more detailed questions when rating or determining the need for a Risk Assessment survey to ensure these vulnerabilities were properly identified at the time of placing.

With manning levels having more than halved in the past sixty years and automation on board resulting in fewer technical personnel , Mr Gayton pointed out that recruiting surveyors to survey damages, review tenders, monitor repairs and approve costs will ultimately significantly reduce restoration costs when casualties do occur.

“Underwriters play a pivotal role in our market, having driven necessary industry changes in the past whilst industry players have dragged their heels. More pointed questions by underwriters at placing, especially regarding crewing levels and training, could make a real difference to restoring unjustifiable deficiencies, and so cutting casualties and costs.” he said.

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) Extends Its Commitment To The Industry

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) is delighted to announce that the next of its popular programme of Port and Shipyard Familiarisation courses will be run in conjunction with the U35 Marine Insurance Group.

Providing a practical insight into port operations, the Port and Shipyard Familiarisation course aims to provide a bridge between marine claims handling professionals and the ship repair and ship building industry. In this regard it ties in perfectly with the U35 Marine Insurance Group’s ethos of offering networking, training and support on a not-for-profit basis to marine insurance professionals in the early stages of their profession.

“Our organisation is ideally placed to make this contribution to the marine insurance claims market“, says Nigel Clark, Managing Director of Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association). “We believe our responsibilities within the industry extend to developing the quality and potential of those around us – especially young professionals making their way in the business. The Salvage Association earned a reputation for putting something back into the industry and we are very pleased to continue that philosophy as Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association).

“In the last eighteen months we have endeavoured to build on our heritage and make a significant contribution to developing expertise in our marketplace. Our Hull and Machinery Guides have been widely praised for assisting those in the market unfamiliar with the terminology used in marine survey reports to more easily interpret and provide greater understanding of the technical issues within. We also run a successful series of in-house seminars and Lloyd’s Market Briefings which cover topics of specific interest to the P&I market and to underwriters, and are open to the marketplace. Run by industry specialists with a reputation in their field they cover a diversity of current topics and always lead to lively debate.”

The next Port and Shipyard Familiarisation courses, which run at the beginning of October in Falmouth and also Piraeus, have been developed to introduce marine insurance professionals to the basic technical aspects of shipyard repair, damage encountered in marine losses; marine surveying, investigating and reporting techniques. Delegates will gain a practical knowledge and a greater understanding of the way in which ships and ports function, how damage repairs are carried out and some of the key issues that might be raised when dealing with marine claims on a daily basis.

Braemar Shipping Services plc: Changes to the Executive Board of Directors of the Company and Interim Management Statement

Changes to the Executive Board
The board of Braemar Shipping Services PLC (“Braemar”, “the Group” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of James Kidwell as Chief Executive with effect from today. James Kidwell, age 50, is Group Finance Director and has worked for Braemar in that role since June 2002.

He succeeds Alan Marsh, who will retire as chief executive today and from the board on 31st July 2012. Alan Marsh has, however, agreed to continue to play an active role in the Shipbroking division. In addition, Quentin Soanes, following his appointment as Chairman of the Baltic Exchange, will also retire from the board on 31st July 2012 but will remain responsible for the Group’s Technical, Logistics and Environmental divisions.

Denis Petropoulos continues as group regional director – Singapore, and executive director of Braemar Shipping Services PLC. He is based in Singapore and is also responsible for Braemar’s development and marketing initiatives in the East.

Sebastian Davenport-Thomas becomes managing director of the Shipbroking division, having been head of its sale and purchase department for the past five years.

The Group will appoint a new finance director in due course and in the meantime James Kidwell will retain these responsibilities in addition to his new role.

The Chairman of Braemar, Sir Graham Hearne said: “Alan has led Braemar, as a public company, for 11 years with great distinction and has been a significant force in taking the Group to where it is today. We are indebted to him for his enormous contribution and I am delighted that he will still be actively involved in our Shipbroking division.”

“Quentin will also take this opportunity to retire from the board after more than 30 years service with Braemar. He has been highly instrumental in the development of the marine and energy services businesses in the Group which will continue to be his primary responsibility. We would like to wish him every success in his role as Chairman of the Baltic Exchange.”

“Braemar is doing well in very challenging markets and in James Kidwell we have appointed a top class executive who has over the years developed a deep understanding of all aspects of the business. I have no doubt James will bring the leadership and expertise to maintain our success and manage the next phase of Braemar’s growth.”

Braemar’s outgoing chief executive, Alan Marsh, said: “It is with some sadness that I have decided, as I approach my 63rd birthday, that this is the time to retire from a role that I have much enjoyed. I am confident that James will be an outstanding successor, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the Group’s success.”

The company’s new chief executive, James Kidwell, added: “I am looking forward to the challenge of building on the Group’s positive momentum. Braemar is a dynamic business, and we have a strong team of people who together offer great potential for the future.”

Interim Management Statement

This Interim Management Statement covers the first quarter of the financial year beginning 1 March 2012.

Tanker chartering and dry bulk freight rates have been relatively weak because of the imbalance in tonnage supply in most markets. However, our transaction volumes have continued to grow steadily and there are some areas – in particular in specialised tankers – where we have developed significant new business. Our offices in Australia and India, which are predominantly dry bulk, have also made a bright start to the year.

The second-hand sale and purchase market has seen higher activity in recent months. After a period of greater price stability there has been more serious buying interest especially from the more traditional family shipowning companies.

The Technical division has made a strong start particularly Braemar Offshore, our surveying and engineering business in the Far East. Braemar Engineering has won some good LNG supervision business which will improve its performance in the second half and Braemar Casbarian is seeing more activity in its prime market – the Gulf of Mexico.

The Logistics division is performing well with both UK and Singapore ship agency business gaining ground.

The Environmental division has had a strong first quarter continuing in the same vein as the final quarter of last year with its clear-up work on the MV RENA off the coast of New Zealand which commenced in October 2011. Activity on the project is likely to slow in the second half as the wreck removal gets underway.

Overall the performance of the Group is in line with the board’s expectations.

ENDS

For further information, contact:
Braemar Shipping Services
Alan Marsh Tel +44 (0) 20 7535 2650
James Kidwell Tel +44 (0) 20 7535 2881

Pelham Bell Pottinger
Damian Beeley
Zoe Pocock Tel +44 (0) 20 7861 3139
Tel +44 (0) 20 7861 3961

Elaborate Communications
Sean Moloney Tel +44 (0) 1296 682356

Westhouse Securities

Dermot McKechnie Tel +44 (0) 20 7601 6115
Henry Willcocks Tel +44 (0) 20 7367 9052

Notes to editors
Braemar Shipping Services plc is a leading international provider of broking, consultancy, technical and other services to the shipping, marine and energy industries. The business is organised into the following segments: Shipbroking, Technical, Logistics and Environmental. It is listed on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange in the Industrial Transport sector.

Principal businesses:

Shipbroking
Braemar Seascope provides chartering, sale and purchase and consulting shipbroking services to international ship owners, charterers and financial institutions operating in the tanker, gas, chemicals, offshore, container and dry bulk markets. There are shipbroking offices in the UK, China, Australia, Singapore, India, Italy and Monaco.
www.braemarseascope.com

Technical
Braemar’s Technical division provides a range of specialist marine services to the maritime sector. The business operates under the brand name Braemar Technical Services and the activities of the division are as follows:

– Braemar Adjusting provides specialist loss adjusting and other expert services to the energy (oil and gas), marine, power and other related industrial sectors. It has offices in London, Houston, Singapore, Calgary, and Rio de Janeiro.

– Braemar Offshore provides specialised marine and offshore services mainly performing pre-risk marine warranty surveys. It has offices in the UK, Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

– Braemar incorporating The Salvage Association (“Braemar SA”) provides marine consultancy and surveying services to the shipping, energy, offshore and insurance industries. The Salvage Association was acquired on 9 May 2011 and it has a network of offices in Asia, Europe and the US that undertake marine damage surveys for the insurance industry.

– Braemar Engineering provides consultant marine engineering and naval architecture services to the shipping and offshore markets from offices throughout the Far East and London. Braemar Engineering was expanded with the acquisition of Braemar Casbarian in July 2011 which provides consulting engineering services mainly to the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico from offices in New Orleans, Houston and Trinidad.

www.braemar.com

Logistics
Cory Brothers Shipping Agency provides port agency, freight forwarding and logistics services within the UK and Singapore.
www.cory.co.uk

Environmental
Braemar Howells provides pollution response and advisory services primarily in the UK and Africa and is continuing to develop an international presence. It has earned an international reputation for its work for the insurance industry in handling the containers from stricken vessels – the MSC Napoli in 2007 and the RENA which is on-going in New Zealand.
www.braemarhowells.com

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) Appoints New Regional Director to the Far East

Braemar Technical Services (Incorporating The Salvage Association) is pleased to announce the appointment of Graeme Temple to the role of Regional Director for its Far East region. Graeme will take responsibility for strengthening the company’s surveyor network in this important region and further developing relationships with the London and International Insurance markets as well as the local Singapore and other Far East Insurance markets. The focus in this region is on Braemar’s traditional hull and machinery business and also on the expert marine consultancy services that it provides to P & I clubs and marine lawyers.

“The Far East region is a key global hub for our business” says Nigel Clark, Managing Director of Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association). “Graeme’s practical knowledge of the region gained over a number of years, his significant experience of hull & machinery surveying and his proven reputation for providing expert marine consultancy advice make him ideally qualified to further develop our business in this region. His role will include the technical guidance and management of our personnel and operations based in our offices located in Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. I’m delighted we have been able to secure the services of such an able and experienced marine professional for one of our most senior positions.”

Graeme is a Marine Engineer with a Class 1 Certificate of competency and he sailed as a chief engineer for 15 years. While serving at sea Graeme gained experience working with general cargo, container and LPG carriers as well as modern anchor handling vessels. Since moving into marine consultancy and surveying Graeme’s particular areas of expertise has included hull and machinery damage surveys, expert witness work, expert marine engineering consultancy, bunker dispute advice, towage approvals, general marine surveying and pollution advice.

Braemar Release Second Edition of their Highly Praised Guide to Hull & Machinery

Marine survey reports frequently contain engineering terminology which can often be unfamiliar to the non engineers in the wider spectrum of the shipping industry. In an attempt to bridge this gap Braemar (Incorporating the Salvage Association) has released the second edition of their Guide to Hull & Machinery, a key reference book covering some of the common terminology used for ships, their engines, and ship’s related operation, which is often encountered in survey reports.

The first version of the Guide to Hull & Machinery, released last year, was met with such enthusiasm by the marine insurance market that Braemar have now produced a new enhanced version. The second edition includes additional data such as explanations on gross and net register tonnages, subdivision and load line, deck mooring fittings and lifting appliances, whilst some useful guide formulas are included on selection of wires and synthetic ropes.

In the machinery section data can be found on gear boxes, fuel and lube oil systems, purifiers and transmission systems, whilst the sheer scale of marine engines in comparison to a human body can now be appreciated on the section of typical propulsion engines.

Dino Levantis, Business Director for the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe region of Braemar (Incorporating the Salvage Association) is the lead author of the publication. “The intention has been to keep it simple,” he explains. “Targeted at experienced marine professionals and newcomers alike it is not intended as an unwieldy dictionary of terminology but as a quick reference tool with easily understood illustrations that covers the essentials in a user friendly way.”

The guide is available in hard copy or pdf and is free of charge to those working in marine claims and insurance. For further information or a copy of the guide please contact Charlotte Ward, Head of Marketing and Client Relations at Braemar (Incorporating the Salvage Association) at charlotte.ward@braemar.com