Alistair is a marine engineer at LOC Aberdeen. Alistair has over 36 years of experience in a wide range of marine fields. Starting his career as a Deep Sea Marine Engineer he went on to study and work as a Naval Architect before commencing as a Marine Surveyor (including working as a Staff Surveyor for London Underwriters for 12 years). Alistair then moved into Marine Management working as QHSE Manager, Operations Manager and DPA for several shipping companies operating ERRV’s, PSV’s, Survey Vessels and DSV’s. During this time he helped to actively promote company quality and safety management systems as well as leading the development of a ‘living safety culture’ with which he won an ‘Offshore Achievement Award’ in 1998. An active supporter of the Marine Safety Forum, Alistair is currently a member of both the Management and Steering committees as well as being involved in several sub-committees one of which he leads. He has recently attended his first Chamber of Shipping OSV Group meeting on behalf of LOC.
Since joining LOC in 2012, Alistair has undertaken the role of Marine Warranty Surveyor for several projects from Project Planning meetings and HIRA’s through vessel suitability to loadouts and sailaways. He has also conducted joint surveys following contact, pre-purchase surveys and is currently compiling a ‘Search and Rescue Manual’ as part of a project that will see Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels established in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time
Philip is General Manager of LOC Lagos. He brings many years of sea‑going experience as a marine Chief Engineer on a variety of vessels to undertake surveys and inspection activities within Nigeria and adjacent West African coastal states for clients in the shipping and offshore sectors.
Richard is a consultant at LOC Dubai. Richard has a degree in Mechanical and Marine Engineer, is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. He has acted as Technical Superintendent and Fleet Manager for Novoship and then Superintendent Engineer for Mideast Ship Management before he joined SCUA Middle East in 2012 which was acquired by LOC in early 2013.
He has been involved in numerous H&M investigations and claims, accident / incident route cause analysis, as well P&I and cargo survey work. Richard is a qualified ISM auditor with extensive experience in ship audits and inspections, including pre purchase inspections. He also has detailed knowledge of oil and chemical tanker operations and the SIRE and CDI vetting systems
Lawrence is a Marine Engineer who has served in all engineering ranks up to Chief Engineer on both steam and motor vessels. He also has extensive ship management superintendency experience.
An Associate Director with LOC Houston, he has acted as consultant and expert witness on maritime claims investigations and disputes, including fire investigations, hull and machinery (H&M) damage and repair disputes. He has given expert testimony both at deposition and trial in the USA and Central America.
Lawrence has conducted many surveys and audits including H&M surveys, P & I condition surveys, pre- purchase surveys and technical and management evaluations on a wide range of vessels for various parties. He has also been appointed on behalf of oil industry clients to assist with FPSO conversion evaluations and to carry out audits of dynamic positioning systems on offshore construction vessels.
Frank is a Marine Engineer based in LOC’s Qatar office. He has a broad-based maritime background and served in all engineering ranks up to Chief Engineer on both steam and motor vessels.
For the last 14 years he has worked as a consultant/surveyor, and deals predominantly with all aspects of P&I and Hull & Machinery (H&M) investigations and claims in the Middle East.
During his time with LOC, Frank has carried out numerous P&I and H&M investigations and has also acted as marine warranty surveyor for various offshore projects in the Middle East for major oil and gas clients – including approving the heaviest single lift and the largest float-over deck installation in Qatari waters.
Patrick Cannie is a marine engineer and manager of Hull and Machinery at LOC Middle East. Patrick is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and holds an unlimited Chief Engineer’s Licence and sailed with Mobil Tankers and Thoresen Car Ferries. He was the Senior Mechanical Engineer in a power station in the UAE, before returning to Dubai in 1986. He gained experience as a Ship Repair Manager prior to becoming a surveyor, and has been a surveyor since then, opening the SCUA Middle East office in September 1992. He was the General Manager until he acquired the franchise in 2003, and it was acquired by LOC in early 2013. Pat has extensive experience with all types of marine and engineering claims and has dealt with some of the largest casualties in the Middle East region.
Nick is a Director of LOC London and is a Chartered Marine Engineer. He joined LOC in 1999. He has many years’ seagoing experience with slow and medium speed diesel engines, and has served in all ranks including 5 years as Chief Engineer. He has worked on a wide variety of vessel types including bulk carriers, Ro-Ros, general cargo and reefer container ships.
Nick has wide-ranging experience of casualties and disputes, including bunker disputes, Charterparty disputes involving issues of seaworthiness, surveys and investigations of main and auxiliary machinery, turbo chargers, deck cranes, steering gear, propeller damage and electrical equipment. He has conducted damage surveys following fire, flooding, collision and grounding.
Nick has attended as expert witness at a number of arbitrations and in court, in the UK and overseas.
A Chartered Engineer, Peter is Project Engineer at LOC London. He is a qualified Marine Engineer who joined LOC after a career of over 25 years in various aspects of the shipping and marine industries. This included serving as an Engineer Officer on Container Vessels. Peter has experience of design, production, installation and test of equipment for industries as SIESMIC Surveying, Cable Installation and subsea defence applications. He has completed several vessel conversions as Mobilisation Engineer to make them suitable for the installation of power cables in the offshore renewable and power sector.
Peter has acted as Marine Warranty Surveyor for numerous renewable energy projects, including document and procedure review, participation in HIRA and Vessel suitability surveys. He has a particular interest in cable lay and marine renewables projects.
His consultancy experience at LOC includes advice to companies and industry bodies involved in wave, wind and tidal energy device development and deployment.
Peter has an M.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Member of Institute of Engineering Designers.
Alan is based at LOC Dubail. He is an Incorporated Marine Engineer with over 30 years experience in the industry. Alan has extensive offshore and DP experience including over 15 years service as Chief Engineer on DP class 2 and 3 vessels involved in all types of diving and offshore operations worldwide. He has served in various technical roles ashore including vessel manager/superintendent, project engineer for new buildings, and company PMS administrator.
Since joining LOC Alan has been involved in all aspects of DP assurance work including authoring FMEA’s, conducting FMEA and Annual DP trials and DP vessel risk assessments. Alan is an OVID accredited inspector and has conducted numerous ship surveys including CMID, P&I, H&M and Marine Warranty suitability inspections. Alan has conducted forensic investigations into machinery failures in main propulsion and auxiliary engines, boilers and ship’s cranes. He has conducted numerous final voyage approvals and towage approvals including FSO’s and FPSO’s.
Daniel is a Marine Engineer and an accredited OVID Surveyor at LOC Australia.. He specializes in DP operations and vessel survey coordinating. He has served in all engineering ranks up to Chief Engineer. For most of his seagoing career he has served worldwide on underwater construction vessels like Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers, Cutter Suction Dredgers and Backhoe Dredgers but has also sailed on merchant vessels. For the past 5 years, Daniel has been working in the oil and gas industry, specialized in MODU’s and Deepwater Anchor handlers. He has been involved in the commissioning and the FMEA trials of a 6th generation Ultra Deepwater Semi Submersible, Dry-Docking several AHTS vessels as a superintendent and has done various DP II FMEA trials on Offshore Supply Vessels in Austral-Asia.
Kevin is a Chartered Marine Engineer and Manager of the Miami office. He has 40 years’ experience within the marine industry, which includes service as Chief Engineer, Fleet Technical Coordinator, Classification Society Surveyor, Nautical College Lecturer and Technical Director to a leading cruise line company.
He has an extensive background in marine casualty investigation, troubleshooting, regulatory compliance and ship refit and repair. He has conducted shipyard audits, hull and machinery damage and repair surveys on all types and sizes of vessels, including the new generation of cruise ships. He has given expert testimony in deposition on marine machinery failure related cases.
Kevin holds a Master of Science Degree (with Distinction) in Condition Monitoring Technology and Diagnostic Engineering Management.
Sazid is a Marine Engineer based in the Singapore office. He joined LOC in 2008, and is an ex-Chief Engineer, Technical Superintendent and Technical Manager with particular experience of chemical tankers, crude carriers and gas carriers.
He is experienced in all aspects of marine surveys, particularly those relating to offshore projects. He has conducted pre-purchase condition, suitability and on-hire/off-hire surveys for a variety of vessel types including tugs, barges, anchor handling supply vessels, seismic vessels, derrick lay barges and FPSOs.
On behalf of major oil field operators, he has performed safety audits for cable laying vessels, heavy lift vessels, gas carriers, oil tankers, semi-submersible and cargo barges.
Sazid has also carried out Hull & Machinery and Builders’ Risk surveys on various vessel types.
Olof is a Marine Engineer and an Associate Director at LOC Singapore.
Olof has served as Chief Engineer on DP Class II construction vessels in oil fields of the Asia Pacific region and the North Sea. He has extensive experience in diving support, subsea construction, rock dumping, pipeline trenching/removal, cable laying, dredging and salvage. He is dual educated in Nautical and Technical studies.
He has prepared FMEA-packages for new-built DP vessels and has carried out DP incident investigations. He has undertaken surveys for energy and marine related projects, both onshore and offshore.
Scott is an Associate Marine Engineer Consultant based at LOC’s office in Hong Kong. He has over 40 years experience in all ranks on several different types of vessel including reefer containers, bulk carriers, gear bulk, VLCC, LPG carriers and chemical/oil product tankers, with 23 years as Chief Engineer.
He has undertaken investigations on behalf of Hull & Machinery and P&I, including both main and auxiliary engine failure, crankshaft replacement, fuel contamination, turbocharger, steering gear, propeller damage and hull repairs.
He has experience of final build, sea trials and delivery of five handy size chemical/oil product tankers from Chinese shipyards, recently attending final build and sea trials on vessel built in Vietnamese shipyards.
Other experience included on hire surveys work and internal SIRE and CDI audits on chemical/oil product tankers and LPG Carriers.
Howard is an Associate Director of LOC London and is an Incorporated Marine Engineer. He joined LOC in 1997 following a career at sea and in fleet management for a major shipping company, developing aspects of international containerisation. He has worked on a wide variety of vessel types including passenger ships, Ro-Ro, general cargo and reefer container ships.
Howard has experience with a wide range of maritime matters, casualties and disputes, with instructions including Charterparty disputes, salvage, wreck removal, management investigations, company assessment, technical due diligence, surveys and investigations of main and auxiliary machinery, deck cranes, repairs and new buildings.
He has regular involvement in preparing and presenting expert witness reports for arbitrations and legal disputes.
Andrew is a Marine Engineer and Director of LOC Canada. He is an ex-Chief Engineer and Superintendent, and has experience in most types of vessel including bulk carriers, cruise liners, ferries, Ro-Ros, general cargo, container, reefer, and DP vessels. He has a particularly good knowledge of oil, gas (LNG and LPG) and molten sulphur tankers, having spent 12 years within the tanker industry.
He has undertaken investigations into hull and machinery damage and claims, machinery fault and failure, cargo damage claims, contamination claims and oil removal operations. He is also experienced in repair and conversion specifications, tender analysis, project management, and invoice negotiation and settlement.
Andrew has acted as marine warranty surveyor for offshore projects and final voyage approvals, and has carried out various types of vessel audits and inspections.
John is a marine engineer based in Halifax, Canada. He holds steam and motorship qualifications. He has over 35 years’ experience in the marine industry of which the last 10 years has been as a marine surveyor. In addition to attending all types of vessels for condition surveys and hull and machinery and P&I claims he has also been involved in warehouse condition surveys, particularly cold storage facilities. Prior to becoming a marine surveyor and following a number of years in the Canadian Coastguard John spent 10 years working in marine repair facilities.
A Chartered Marine Engineer, Mike is an Associate Director based in the London office. He is a qualified Chief Engineer who joined LOC after completing over 30 years’ service in the Royal Navy, serving in all ranks from mechanic up to Lieutenant Commander.
Mike has acted as Marine Warranty Surveyor for numerous renewable energy projects, including document and procedure review, participation in HIRA and Vessel suitability surveys. He has a particular interest in cable lay and repair. He has prepared expert reports and also acted as expert witness and given evidence at arbitration in the UK.
His consultancy experience at LOC includes investigations of failures to main and auxiliary engines, steering systems and deck machinery, fire and cargo damage, attendance at machinery trials and damage to an SPM buoy system.
Mike is a qualified ISM/ISO 9000 lead auditor and has completed an MSc in Engineering and Management based around the ISM Code and safety management.
John is a marine engineering consultant at LOC Aberdeen. John joined LOC in 2011 to complement the existing skills base in both mechanical and electrical disciplines, specialising in Dynamic Positioning, Power Management, Automation and DP Mechanical Systems. He began his career at British Waterways Scotland as a Marine Engineering Technician and Boat Master, leaving to study Platform Engineering for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy. On his departure from the MOD, he moved into the offshore industry initially in an ETO and Marine Engineering capacity on board PSVs and AHTS vessels, progressing to new building supervisor and yard SEO to oversee building of a variety of vessel types.
John has served on tankers, aviation support, multi-purpose, seismic survey, PSV, AHTS and construction vessels in the capacity of ETO and Marine Engineer, responsible for maintaining the vessels DP, electrical and mechanical systems. Since joining LOC John has been involved in many aspects of electrical, mechanical and DP tasking, these include but are not limited to:
Production of FMEAs for vessel new buildings and established vessels from conception to implementation.
CAT/HAT/SAT/DP Trials Witness.
New building and conversion supervision.
DP/Electrical/Marine Incident Investigation.
Development of Safest Mode of Operation and DP Operations Manuals.
DP Technical Advisor for a number of vessel operators and owners.
Baseline surveys for vessel mechanical, electrical and DP suitability.
Nick is a marine engineer at LOC Singapore. Nick has a wealth of experience in the Marine Engineering Industry, starting working life ashore as a tradional indentured apprentice in mechanical engineering through to serving as Chief Engineer, and office assignments as Vessel Manager for a Tanker fleet. He has experience in a variety of ships, having served on : V.L.C.C’s, Suezmax, Afframax, Shuttle and Product tankers. Most recent of which as Chief Engineer for nearly 5 years on an Ice Class Aframax tanker equipped with a MAN B&W ME-C Electronic main engine and CPP. Other vessels that can also be listed are General Cargo/Bulk Carriers, Platform Service vessels and Anchor Handlers. Main engine experience include the following slow speed two stroke engines, MAN B&W ME-C s, MAN B&W Long and Super Long stroke, Sulzer RD, RND and RLA, Fiat (GMT), Doxford P and J Types, and Pielstick PCV4 medium speed 4 stroke through clutches and gearbox. Addionally, throughout his sea going career, he has diversified within the industry working as a Technical Manager for Ship Lay Up in Brunei Bay, Labuan and a Repair Manager for a marine engineering contract company, overseeing a wide range of repairs to ships still operating and trading. Since joining LOC he has been involved in : Dry Dock Preparations, Pollution Control, Surveys, Inspections, Sea Trials, and Main Engine Performance monitoring and investigation.
Peter has recently joined LOC’s New York office. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in the marine and oil industry, including experience as a sea-going Marine Engineer on General Cargo and Container vessels.
Peter has extensive experience in lubrication & fuel requirements for vessel machinery, including technical troubleshooting and problem resolution related to marine lubricant and fuel performance and operation. Four years with a consulting firm, performing Marine Casualty Investigation as Principal Surveyor, Peter was involved in all aspects of Surveying, including Hull & Machinery, P&I Surveys, JH 2006 Warranty Surveys and with special responsibility for fuel and lubricant related matters. Additionally, he has assessed damages to different types of hulls of yachts and supervised their repairs.
Wagner is a qualified Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, registered with CREA.
He joined LOC in November 2009 as General Manager of the Rio de Janeiro office. Since then he has attended casualties, including investigations of air conditioning failure on a cruise ship, large bulk carrier hold flooding, and a landslide at a container port as well as numerous machinery related failures. He has been involved in setting up fuel consumption trials and preparing expert reports to assist operators in disputes. Wagner is a registered OVID inspector.
Prior to joining LOC Wagner worked for Lloyd’s Register. He was involved in studying high loading rates and single pass loading for large ore carriers.
Wagner has also worked in Brazilian and Japanese shipbuilding yards as a naval architect. He has undertaken marine assurance inspections and audits, including DP class 1&2 AHTS vessels. He has expertise in construction, classification and regulatory compliance of ships in service, offshore units, DP systems, and platform supply vessels.
Mark is a Chartered Marine Engineer and a Director at the LOC London.
He has acted as expert witness and given evidence at arbitrations in the UK, and has also prepared expert reports for High Court appearances in personal injury and equipment failure cases. His consultancy experience includes investigation of seaworthiness in several casualties, pollution incidents, hull and machinery failures, vessel fire and flooding damage, and numerous crane failure and vessel performance disputes.
Mark is a fully qualified safety practitioner, providing safety advice for LOC Group, ship owners, oil majors and other interested parties. As a lead auditor for ISM, ISO9001 and OHSAS 18001:2008, he has conducted numerous management appraisals and audits of shipping companies and offshore assets, evaluating failing management and safety management systems and then offering workable, practical solutions.
Peter is an Incorporated Marine Engineer and Associate Director at LOC Singapore. His seafaring experience was based mainly in the cruise industry, serving on some of the world’s largest passenger vessels in senior positions that involved final build, sea trials and drydocking. He also served on mega yachts, research, dredging, offshore and navigational support vessels.
Peter has worked ashore as a lubricant and fuel analyst for an oil major’s product services department, providing diagnostic advice to their shipping clients. He also worked as a Cargo Assurance Consultant, involved in investigating hydrocarbon Q&Q issues. He has audited cargo inspection companies to IFEA standard and has acted as expert witness in contentious laboratory analysis matters.
Peter’s work with LOC includes a major post-collision cargo recovery and salvage operation, machinery failures, new build disputes, flood and fire damages, collisions and general P&I and Hull & Machinery investigations. He has also conducted general warranty surveys and JH143 Shipyard Risk Assessment surveys.
Steve is a consulting marine engineer at LOC Hong Kong and brings many years of knowledge and expertise, both afloat and ashore. He has sailed as chief engineer on a wide range of vessels throughout his career, latterly on gas and chemical tanker tonnage. sailing worldwide. Steve also spent considerable time engaged with new build vessel supervision in far east and European shipyards, delivering chemical and LPG gas carrier vessels. After coming ashore in 1999, he continued to develop his ship management knowledge working as operations and later as technical ship manager responsible for tankers, bulk, RoRo and offshore FSU facilities. His first involvement with marine consultancy came about when he returned to UK in 2010 and started a marine management company offering consultancy services to the marine industry both in UK and Cyprus. During this time he served as an expert witness at arbitration.
Salvator (Joe) Astorina is a senior consultant at LOC Dubai. Joe is a Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and holds an unlimited Chief Engineer’s Licence and sailed with Shell Australia’s fleet of crude & product tankers sailing on the Australian coast. Between 1987 and 1991 he was a Superintendent with the fleet before joining the Schulte organisation in Cyprus as a Fleet Superintendent and Technical Manager. Since 2007 Joe was a surveyor with SCUA Middle East which was acquired by LOC in early 2013. Joe has been involved with a large variety of complex Hull and Machinery claims and investigations.
John is a Marine Engineer and has over 18 years experience at sea and in management ashore in the marine and offshore industries; in the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia. His experience includes; Vessel pre-purchase and condition and surveys for owners and P&I clubs, Operations and logistics manager for vessel owners on offshore projects, Marine superintendent on offshore construction projects, Port Engineer for offshore construction company, All sea-going engineer ranks to Chief Engineer, Marine Warranty attendance for suitability survey of vessels and witness, and approval of project cargo loading and discharge activities.
John is a key member of the LOC Perth’s marine team and is engaged in Marine Warranty duties, vessel surveys and technical review and advice roles.
Wolf is a Marine Engineer and Associate in LOC’s Miami office. He has a broad-based maritime background and served in all engineering ranks up to Chief Engineer on a variety of both steam and motor vessels.
At LOC, he has been predominantly involved in investigating and advising on hull and machinery damages and claims, and he has particular expertise in diesel engines for marine propulsion and power generation.
Prior to LOC, Wolf held various positions of technical and commercial responsibility with the German engine manufacturer MAN, and was deeply involved in the development of marine power plants for ice breaking vessels for the Canadian Arctic. He is also experienced in ship construction and has served as owner’s or engine manufacturer’s representative in a number of construction projects.
Sean is joined LOC Aberdeen in 2012 to compliment the continually expanding DP team. He began his career in the Royal Navy achieving the rank of Chief Engineering Technician. During his time in the service Sean served on various types of vessel and his equipment experience spanned a broad spectrum of mechanical, electrical, electronic and DP. On his departure from the RN, he moved into the offshore industry initially in a survey engineering capacity and then on to ROV piloting and technical work. He then moved back into an ETO role on board AHTS, cruise ships and research vessels. Sean has been involved in various offshore work including construction, survey, inspection, supply and rig moves. He has served on construction support, multi-purpose survey, scientific research and AHTS vessels in the capacity of ETO, responsible for the vessel DP and electrical systems. Sean has also acted as new build vessel supervisor, overseeing the construction of new build AHTS vessels. He was heavily involved in the installation, commissioning and trials of DP and electrical equipment including the overseeing of DP FMEA proving trials.
Since joining LOC, Sean has been involved in many aspects of electrical and DP work including;
Production of FMEA’s for new builds from desktop review through to conduct of proving trials.
Baseline surveys for vessel electrical and DP suitability.
Eric is a marine engineering consultant at LOC Singapore. Eric has vast experience as a Technical Superintendent and Chief Engineer and sailed on several type of vessels as well as this he has substantial experience on anchor handling vessels and dredging vessels. Eric has been employed with LOC since 2012 and experience in several aspects of the marine survey with emphasis on offshore marine and related equipment. This typically involved “on and off hire” surveys , pre purchase condition surveys of various types of vessels, including tugs, barges, anchor handling tug supply, derrick lay barge. Safety audit and Suitability and other surveys on behalf of Major Oil Field Operators were performed on a variety of vessels including anchor handling towing supply vessels, tugs, cable laying, Heavy Lift Vessel, Derrick lay barge and deck cargo barges. He has conducted Hull & Machinery surveys on various vessel types.
Antonio is a Naval Architecture / Marine Engineer with a Master’s degree in Production Engineering. He joined LOC Rio de Janeiro in 2013 from a shipowner where he was technical manager responsible for maintaining, repairing a fleet of bulk carriers, chemical tankers and gas carriers. Previously Antonio worked with a major Classification society as surveyor and subsequently operational manager for ships in service for Latin America. He is an ISM/ISPS auditor. Antonio started his career in the Brazilian Navy with some sea time as well as management roles in warship new construction projects.
At LOC Antonio undertakes damage and H&M surveys and is responsible for operational management of LOC’s surveys in Brazil
Monir is a Marine Engineer and a Director at LOC Singapore. He has acted on behalf of P & I clubs, Admiralty lawyers, ship owners and charterers on a variety of marine casualty and claims matters, including hull and machinery damage investigations and surveys, off-specification fuel oil disputes and cargo oil contamination claims. He has also undertaken pre-entry and in-service condition surveys on tankers, bulk carriers and container ships.
In addition to the above, Monir has acted as marine warranty surveyor for major oil field development projects, attending vessel surveys and approvals of marine operations.
Prior to joining LOC, he managed chemical tankers and was involved in the planning and execution of dry dockings; and has also taken delivery, as Superintendent, of two new-built tankers.