Nick Haslam

Nick Haslam joined Brookes Bell as Partner in March 2019 after 22 years in the marine consultancy industry. He previously served at sea for 21 years in all ranks up to Master. He has considerable towing and anchor handling experience and previously worked for four years with a salvage company onboard salvage tugs. He also served on various ship types including reefer, container, bulk carrier, general cargo, tugs and AHTS.

Nick has carried out a variety of surveys and opinion-based work since becoming a consultant. His particular specialisations are in the areas of salvage and wreck removal; towing disputes; offshore operations; and salvage arbitration.

In 1999 Nick was appointed to the Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch SCR Panel as Special Casualty Representative (SCR), in 2017 he was elected as the SCR representative and sits on the SCOPIC Committee at Lloyd’s.

Nick has been appointed as SCR on 26 occasions and has provided assistance to owners’ interests on over 60 salvage and wreck removals.

Toby Stephens

Toby is a member of HFW’s Global Crisis Management team and specialises in risk and crisis management/emergency response in the marine and energy sectors. Toby’s work involves managing major marine and energy disasters including undertaking the initial response, managing his clients’ exposure to civil and criminal liabilities and resolving the subsequent disputes, which are often complex, involving a number of inter-related actions in a number of jurisdictions. Toby is also recognised for insurance coverage and other marine and energy related commercial and contractual disputes.

Toby advises organisations on their risk management, including contractual and regulatory liabilities, crisis management systems, organisational resilience and crisis preparedness. Toby lectures regularly on the subject, both in the UK and internationally and he has been admitted as a Technical Specialist of the Institute of Risk Management (SIRM).

Toby joined HFW as a solicitor in 2001 and became a partner in HFW’s Admiralty and Crisis Management Team in 2007. He has practical experience of working as a marine surveyor in Houston. He has also acted as head of the legal team at a leading Lloyd’s syndicate dealing with marine, energy and war risks.

Toby is recommended by Legal 500 UK 2012 for shipping.

Toby is qualified in England and Wales.

Elias Psyllos

Elias Psyllos comes from four generations of Greek ship masters born in the Greek Island of Enouses, in Chios. He graduated with honors from University of Plymouth, England with a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law and a Master of Science in International Shipping and Logistics.

He is the Vice President Commercial & Risk Management of T&T Salvage based in Houston Texas. He is responsible for commercial, legal, and technical support to daily global company operations. Supports business development and client relationship management activities. Oversees internal insurance and risk management matters to include policy management and claims reporting. Acts as Project Manager on company operations.

Prior experience includes 15 years as a Risk Manager for a London-Greek Shipowning Group. He was overall responsible for the Group’s Marine Insurance and claims. For 4 years he served as a member of the Group’s Marine Operations Team, actively involved in the management of Oil Tanker and Bulk Carrier fleets.

Gianluca Rolff

Gianluca Rolff is a Master Mariner and Director of TMC Medway office in the UK. Gianluca is responsible for the General Average and Distressed Cargo Management department of TMC Marine worldwide.

Over the last several years Gianluca has attended several significant casualties for a variety of clients including P & I Clubs, Owners, Average Adjusters and Cargo Interests, surveying and managing the distressed cargoes in terms of ship / shore operations.

The following are notable cases

MSC FLAMINIA – Fire/Explosion – Germany – 2012
HANJIN ITALY – Collision/Flooding – Singapore – 2014 (General Average surveyor)
WANHE – Grounding – Colombia – 2014
SAN FELIPE – Fire – Malaysia – 2014
HOEGH OSAKA – Grounding – UK – 2015
MAERSK KARACHI – Crane collapse/Fire – Germany – 2015 (General Average Surveyor)
MODERN EXPRESS – Heavy List, abandonment and salvage – Spain – 2016
SAFMARINE MERU – Collision/Fire – China – 2016 (General Average Surveyor)
ISLA BARTOLOMÉ – Grounding/Flooding – Ecuador – 2017
MSC DANIELA – Fire – Sri Lanka – 2017
KEA TRADER – Grounding/Flooding – New Caledonia – 2018
MAERSK HONAM – Fire/Explosion – UAE – 2018 (General Average Surveyor)
MSC ZOE – Container Stow Collapse – Germany – 2019
YANTIAN EXPRESS – Fire – The Bahamas – 2019 (General Average Surveyor)

Paul van ‘t Hof

Paul first became involved in Salvage as assistant Salvage Master for Wijsmuller Salvage in 2000.
He was promoted to Salvage Master in 2002 and to Senior Salvage Master in 2005.

Paul has been involved in numerous and varied emergency response and wreck removal operations all over the world including high profile cases like the emergency response operation of the HYUNDAI FORTUNE off Yemen and the parbuckling and refloating of the REPUBBLICA DI GENOVA in Belgium

In 2007 He was appointed as Operation Manager, but remained actively operationally involved, as Project Manager in complex cases like the RENA in New Zealand and many others.

In 2012 Paul was promoted to COO of Svitzer Salvage and remained in that position during the merger with Titan Salvage in 2015. He was responsible for the operational integration of the two companies, which was successfully completed.

In 2018 He joined SMIT Salvage and has been extensively involved in the operation of the MAERSK HONAM.

Iain Anderson

A marine specialist, Iain Anderson centres his practice on every type of related insurance problem that can arise.

Hull, cargo, war, construction, loss of hire- these are all marine insurance problems that regularly crop up for those in the business. Iain, who started his career as a marine claims adjuster in London, understands and can help. And when a casualty strikes, Iain has extensive experience acting on collisions, groundings, and salvage.

He also focuses a part of his practice on offshore energy risks, including WELCAR, COW, OEE/EED problems – both coverage and subrogation. In the PRI and trade credit sector he works with the Asia market to assist in coverage and recovery issues and to help the market raise its regional profile.

Captain Jiang Alvin

Captain Alvin has an extensive experience in maritime safety and operations, and is a Master Mariner with 17 years of sailing experience in various type of vessels, he started his shore career with APL as a Marine Safety Manager and achieved his Master Degree in Maritime Studies thereafter.

He is now the Deputy Director of Safety, Security & Environment (SSE) Department at CMA CGM, leading the team for marine activities in the Asia Pacific Region and constantly coordinates and provides support for SSE related matters within CMA CGM group. He started with the company as DPA/CSO for SSE in Singapore and was delegated with the director thereafter.

Given his experience in the marine industry, Alvin is very familiar with international regulations, compliance requirement and standards of several Flag Administrations, as well as a number of Classification Societies. He dealt with several marine casualties and has acquired good knowledge and experience of handling incident investigation, insurance and P&I matters.

Bas Wiebe

Bas Wiebe has been in the salvage and offshore industry close to 20 years. He started with one of the leading international salvage companies in the Netherlands in 1999. After an initial period of 2 years in the head office in IJmuiden, the Netherlands he moved to the Singapore branch. He has since been based in Singapore.

He held positions as commercial-, salvage- regional-manager Asia Pacific, general manager and now as general manager responsible for the marine salvage services of RESOLVE SALVAGE & FIRE (Asia).

Bas has been involved in all aspects of emergency response, from marketing activities to the initial call related to a marine incident, coordination of salvage projects up to the settlement of the services as well as lectures and training related to emergency response.

Mohd Fairoz Rozali

Mohd Fairoz Rozali graduated with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Marine Technology) from the University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) in 1998 and earned a Master Degree in Maritime Affairs specialization on Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) from the World Maritime University (WMU) in 2006. He joined the Marine Department Malaysia in 1999 and has held various functions and responsibilities in the department, including as a ship surveyor, Port State Control Officers, Assistant Ship Registrar, ISM & ISPS Auditor and Incident / Response Manager for oil spill incident. Involved directly and indirectly in several numbers of oil spill incidents in Malaysia, from 2014 to 2018 and work closely with the regional offices in coordinating the oil spill response and claims and compensation from polluters. Following to the re-structure of the department in October 2018, currently he’s an acting Director of the Safety, Security & Environment Division (Policy & Planning) and also holding title Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the Marine Environment in the Department.

His contributions include: Members to the Delegation for Malaysia to the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund Meetings, IMO Meetings (Pollution Prevention Response Sub Committee and Working Group Marine Environment Protection Sub Committee), ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group (MTWG) Meetings, Chair Person to the Joint Planning Team of the Malaysia Singapore Joint Committee on the Environment (MSJCE) in the Straits of Johore (for marine pollution activities), Chairperson to the Marine Environment Protection Technical Working Group under the Tripartite Technical Experts Groups (TTEG) Meeting in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, Revolving Fund Committee (RFC) in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore and Series of the Cooperative Mechanism on Safety and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore since its establishment in 2007. He was also part of the member to Malaysia’s delegation towards the establishment of the Cooperative Mechanism between the Littoral States and User States on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore in 2006 & 2007. Part of the technical member in the establishment of the ASEAN Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan which has been adopted during 24th ASEAN Transport Minister Meeting in November 2018.

Alex Macinnes

Alex Macinnes is a solicitor and a founding partner of Tatham Macinnes LLP.

Tatham Macinnes LLP is now recognised as one of the leading wet firms and was voted into the Times Best Law Firms List 2019.

Alex has a degree in naval architecture and offshore engineering from University College London and a law degree from Southampton University.

As a naval architect, he trained as a ship surveyor with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, carrying out ship inspections, damage surveys, shipyard new-building surveys and ship plan approvals.

Alex specialises in casualty, construction and insurance-related matters.

Renny VanderVelde

Renny works in Maritime New Zealand and is the Manager for Maritime Security, the Marine Pollution Response Service and Incident Response. He was the Wellington based Incident Controller during the RENA incident and was seconded to the Mobile Alabama during the DeepWater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Renny spent 25 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy as a sea going officer where he was a Navigator, Executive Officer HMNZS ROTOITI, Air Craft Controller, seconded to the NZ High Commission in Canberra and spent a further 4 years in Australia in a variety of posts and his final year in Australia he graduated from the Royal Australian Naval Staff College in Sydney. His most recent appointment prior to Maritime New Zealand was as the Intelligence Manager in the New Zealand Immigration Service.

Nigel Clifford

Nigel Clifford is the Deputy Director – Safety and Response Services, for Maritime New Zealand – the maritime safety authority in New Zealand. He has worked for Maritime NZ since 2008 and his current responsibilities include maritime incident response, marine pollution response, national coordination of Search and Rescue services, marine communications and aids to navigation, Pacific Island maritime safety support and maritime intelligence. He is responsible for the performance of the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand who co-ordinate all the national level SAR responses in New Zealand’s SAR region and for delivery of integrated maritime incident response capability by the agency to the New Zealand Government.

Nigel works extensively in the international maritime incident response arena including at the International Maritime Organisation – where he is vice chair of the Navigation, Communication and Search and Rescue sub-committee and Chair of the Search and Rescue Working Group – and at the emergency distress beacon organisation Cospas-Sarsat. He was part of the Maritime New Zealand senior management team involved in the response to the RENA and was the Exercise Director for the Whakautu series of large-scale, multi-party, maritime incident response exercises held in New Zealand in recent years.

Prior to working for Maritime New Zealand, Nigel was in the United Kingdom Royal Air Force for 25 years as an operational fast jet pilot and flying instructor – on Tornado strike aircraft and Hawk trainers. He also undertook roles in operational requirements, procurement and project management and finished as a squadron commander on a fast jet training squadron. During his time in the air force he flew extensively in the Gulf region and on exchange duties with the Royal New Zealand Air Force flying the Douglas A4 Skyhawk including deployments across South East Asia to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Leaving the UK RAF in 2006 Nigel moved with his family to New Zealand and joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force for a staff tour in operational requirements and project management before joining Maritime New Zealand.

Mark Loughlin

Mark Loughlin is a Salvage Master with an Unlimited Master Mariner Certificate and over 15 years in the marine salvage industry with Ardent, Titan Salvage and UK Ministry of Defense. Mark has experience on a wide variety of vessels, including offshore support, cable repair and passenger vessels. During his time at the UK Ministry of Defense, he was the Salvage Master responsible for the HMS Royal Oak Oil Removal Project. The project duration was 8 years, during which several innovative methods and tooling systems were developed to access internal fuel tanks. Mark has worked extensively with ROV systems on several salvage and wreck removal projects to complete tasks otherwise limited to divers. Mark was the Salvage Master in charge of operations during the Manolis L project.

Andrew Barron

Andrew Barron is a registered Professional Engineer with 20 years of experience in the maritime industry and has been with Ardent, previously Titan Salvage, for the last ten years. Andrew has contributed to more than 50 salvage cases in the capacity of Naval Architect, Project Manager and in his current role as Solutions Manager. Prior to working in salvage, he held positions of Captain, Port Engineer and Shipyard Superintendent. Andrew graduated from Florida Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering in 1998. He was a technical manager during the Manolis L project and is directly involved with the development and operation of Ardent’s remotely operated oil removal system.

Nigel James

Nigel is a Master Mariner and Director of Waves Group, who worked both at sea and ashore for sixteen years within the container shipping industry. He has an in-depth knowledge of container operations, including port operations and intermodal logistics throughout the supply chain. His shore based career started within a major container shipping line as a Vessel Stowage Coordinator and he was subsequently promoted to Vessel Operations Manager, responsible for overseeing the commercial operations for a large fleet of container vessels. Within this role he was responsible for the safe operation of the fleet, vessel scheduling and cargo allocation in coordination with consortium partner lines, container stowage including all hazardous, refrigerated, project cargos and for the commercial maximisation of the fleet. He has also worked as a Regional Operations and Logistics Manager within container shipping lines, where he was responsible for operations throughout the UK and Ireland and for strategic intermodal operations throughout Europe. These roles included all feeder, barge, inland rail and road haulage, port and container depot operations. He has also served within a Flag State Authority and since moving into Marine Consultancy in 2007 Nigel has been involved with some of the largest container vessel casualties within the industry, including fires and explosions, container stack collapse and vessel CTL’s.

Andrew G Moran QC

Mr. Andrew G Moran QC is an independent, full-time, international commercial arbitrator, with over a quarter of a century’s experience as arbitrator and judge, in the determination of an extremely wide range of commercial and maritime disputes.

His primary office and base is at The Arbitration Chambers of Singapore in Maxwell Chambers; but he also has bases from which he is able to arbitrate in the UK (London), and Continental Europe (Paris and Geneva). He was in practice for over 40 years as Counsel (nearly 25 years as Queen’s Counsel) and in that role he led teams of lawyers in conducting many complex commercial, civil and maritime cases. He is a Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and a panel arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (where he is also the Chairman of the Rules and Procedure Committee of the Chamber), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and the Asian Centre for International Arbitration in Malaysia. He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration Users’ Council and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators and a Freeman of the City of London.

In addition to his practice as arbitrator and counsel, Andrew was concurrently a part-time judge in England and Wales, for over 25 years, including sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in commercial, construction, administrative, civil, criminal (including homicide) and chancery cases. He still sits at first instance in the High Court and as an occasional Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man. In his judicial role, he has tried (and/or heard on appeal) a range of heavy commercial, corporate (including share sale and purchase disputes), trust, banking, telecommunications, competition and maritime cases.

Naomi Luckett

Naomi has a diverse background in emergency management including experience in natural disasters (tsunami, earthquake and severe weather events) and marine casualties (co-ordination of shoreline/ oil spill response and community engagement and communication). Notable casualties Naomi has attended are RENA and KEA TRADER.

Naomi has worked for a range of government agencies including New Zealand Police and Customs. During this time she has developed a high level of expertise in community engagement, especially with culturally diverse communities and disaster communications.

Naomi joined at TMC in 2018 after previously being an Emergency Management Co-ordinator for Civil Defence and Emergency Management in New Zealand.

Dughall Aitken

Dughall is the Chief Executive of Spica Group of Companies, including Spica Services, Boyd Marine Consultants and Asia Maritime Claims Services. He has overall Management responsibility for the Group’s 22 offices throughout South East Asia.

Spica Services are dedicated P+I Correspondents, representing the majority of the International Group of P+I Clubs and numerous fixed premium providers.

BMC is a Marine Survey Consultancy based in Singapore providing inspection and consultancy services to P&I clubs, Hull and Machinery Underwriters, commercial general marine liability and energy insurers, ship owners and charterers.

The recently established AMCS is a marine claims consultancy providing cost effective local solutions to the general marine liability market.

Dughall has been closely involved in the handling of many of the Region’s highest profile multi-jurisdictional casualties including collisions, groundings, sinkings and pollutions.

Jamie Taylor

Jamie joined Steamship Mutual in 2008, working in the European claims department. Prior to joining Steamship he completed his LPC at the College of Law, Moorgate and has a Law degree from the University of Reading. Jamie handled a wide variety of P&I claims, gaining valuable experience in this area before transferring to the underwriting department in 2017 to work with the Club’s Far Eastern Membership. He relocated to the Singapore office in 2018 and became CEO of the branch in October 2018.

Jacob Terling

Jacob is from Gothenburg, Sweden, and has a Double Degree in Law (LL.M) European Business Law.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the maritime field and in particular with maritime safety issues. He has been working on maritime issues for the European Commission since 1996. After spending some time working for the Swedish Shipowners Association in Brussels, he spent seven years working for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), and was one of its pioneers in its initial setting up, also managing the ‘inspectorate’ unit.

Jacob is currently principle administrator in the European Commission Maritime Safety Unit with responsibilities for EU legislation related to flag States as well as coastal States, including vessel traffic monitoring and places of refuge (ships in need of assistance).

Jacob is the chairman of the expert group on Places of Refuge, established in accordance with EU maritime safety law, and guiding the work on the development and refinement of the EU Operational Guidelines with all EU Member States as well as coordinating submissions to IMO on this topic.

The latest such submission (MSC 100/17/) to the 100 session of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, received a positive acceptance for a new out-put of the IMO in revising the IMO Guidelines on Places of Refuge.

Roger Evans FNI

Roger Evans FNI is a master mariner who spent 14 years at sea in all types of trades before joining SMIT Salvage BV in 1985. Since then he progressed in various commercial positions within the SMIT Group, starting as Assistant then Manager Offshore Division London and between 1988-1992 was SMIT Marine General Manager Offshore – Great Yarmouth office.

In 1992 he returned to SMIT London office as Contracts Manager then in 1999 Director SMIT London office. In 2002 to 2013 Roger transferred to the SMIT Salvage head office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where he was Senior Contracts Manager in the commercial department involved in numerous major ER casualties, Wreck Removals and Special Projects.
In January 2013 to July 2018 he returned to SMIT Salvage BV London office as Manager UK SMIT.
In July 2018 Roger moved to his current position as Secretary General of the ISU.

Dr. Sebastian Norager

Sebastian graduated with a BSc (honours) and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College London. He joined Burgoynes’ London office in 2005, moved to Singapore in 2010 and became a Partner at the firm in 2014. Sebastian is a seasoned fire expert and principally deals with marine incidents. He regularly provides advice on the management of ‘live’ fires on board vessels and the handling of DG cargoes. Sebastian has investigated the cause and circumstances of fires and explosions on board a wide range of vessels and has presented expert evidence in various legal settings.

Captain Mike Meade

Captain Mike Meade AFNI is the founder and CEO of the M3 Marine Group, based in Singapore. M3 Marine provides offshore ship broking, offshore marine consultancy and asset valuations, offering the market a unique and comprehensive range of commercially and technically focused offshore services, tailored to meet the needs of the offshore marine and oil and gas industry.

M3 Marine are keen advocates of Maritime professionalism in all areas throughout the delivery of their services.

Since formation in 2005, M3 Marine has been extensively involved in the system design and contracting of newbuilds, charter and sales of all manner of Offshore Vessels, with Mike having a slant towards the Subsea and Dynamic Positioning (DP) sector.

Prior to setting up M3 Marine, Mike spent 9 years with Seacor Holdings Inc., in senior roles in the Middle East, the US, the UK and Asia preceded by 15 years with the Swire Group where he held various senior management positions after command experience, with Swire Pacific Offshore.

Throughout, Mike has developed and accumulated a wealth of offshore operational, technical and commercial management skills fundamental to the provision of marine, technical and commercial consultancy services, valuations and the brokerage house and to M3 Marine’s commitment to being industry leaders in their field.

Mike hold various Marine Committee responsibilities with IMCA and the Nautical Institute and is an SSA Councilor and standing Chair of the SSA Offshore Services Committee.
Mike’s strength lies in his ability to combine expert offshore knowledge with strong business acumen. He is described by many as a man with his ‘finger very much on the pulse’.

Mats Segolson

Mats Segolson is Vice President and Head of Claims in Skuld’s Singapore office. Skuld is an International Group P&I Club but also provides many other marine insurance products such as for hull, charterers, off-shore, yachts. Mats started as a lawyer in Sweden and has since been in P&I Clubs for fifteen years. Most of that time was spent in the Greek market but since 2015 he has been located in Singapore. Mats’ experience spans over a wide spectrum of P&I, H&M and FD&D matters including International Group Pool claims and casualty work. Mats has handled LOF/SCOPIC work and wreck removals in, among other countries, New Zealand and Malaysia.

Mike Ritter

Mike Ritter is a Senior Associate in the HFW Admiralty team, having joined the firm in 2009, during which time he has spent two months on secondment with the Maersk Line legal team in Copenhagen. He specialises in casualty management and advising on the legal issues arising from marine casualties, whether collisions, explosions, fires or groundings. Particular areas of specialist advice provided to his clients includes in respect of salvage and wreck removal liabilities and the drafting of contractual arrangements to deal with the same; collision liabilities; jurisdictional and limitation issues; and issues arising from the underlying contracts of carriage.

Notable cases in which Mike has acted include the, Baltic Ace, Burgos, Mol Comfort, Sanchi, Smart, Vale Beijing and Yusuf Cepnioglu. Mike has also assisted his clients in relation to over 50 piracy and kidnap incidents, in Somalia, the Gulf of Guinea and onshore locations.

Cedric Declercq

Cedric joined AXA XL in 2012 as a senior claims adjuster for marine, energy, aviation and fine art & specie. Cedric is now Practice Leader and Claims Manager for APAC Global Lines.

Cedric holds a LLM Maritime Law (University of Southampton) and speaks fluent English, French and Dutch. He is an Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters.

Prior to joining AXA XL, Cedric spent 7 years with a major French mutual in France, London and Singapore holding various claims positions and prior to joining the insurance industry, Cedric has worked as legal counsel with a major shipowner in Belgium.

Andreas Brachel

Andreas started with Gard in the Casualty, Environment and Property Claims Team (CEP) in Gard in 2001 as a lawyer specialised in Maritime and International law. His focus has been towards environmental and casualty related claims ever since. In 2010 Andreas became the head of the CEP Team, a position he held for eight years. He is responsible for Gard’s Crisis Management System and is still a designated crisis manager. As Head of Environmental Claims in Gard, he is responsible for the handling of Pollution, Environmental Salvage and Wreck Removal claims in Gard globally.

Dr Annabelle Nicolas-Kopec

Dr Annabelle Nicolas-Kopec joined ITOPF in January 2011. She is a chartered chemist and has a PhD in chemistry.

Annabelle has attended many incidents worldwide, including crude oil spills from tankers, as well as bunker fuel and chemical spills from other vessels in areas of high sensitivities. Notable incidents include the ALFA 1 tanker spill in Greece, the DAWN KANCHIPURAM incident in India, and the WU YI SAN spill in Republic of Korea.

In addition to her on-site work, Annabelle leads the HNS Working Group, is the ITOPF Representative at the IMO PPR meetings and coordinates the ITOPF R&D Award.

Douglas Martin

Douglas Martin began his sea going career sailing for Apex Marine after graduating from SUNY Maritime College, New York in 1983 with a BE in Electrical Engineering and deck officer license. After 14 years sailing he joined Smit Salvage in 1997 to continue his maritime career in marine salvage.

As the SMIT resident Senior Salvage Master for North and South Americas, Captain Martin has been responsible for complex and simple salvages throughout the region and beyond.

He now holds the position of President and General Manager for Smit Salvage Americas, Managing Director of Smit International Americas, Director of Donjon Smit, and volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors of NAMEPA.

Ian Barr

Before joining Bilbrough in 1997, Ian worked both at sea and in ship management. As a claims director, he oversees claims for the London Club’s members in Asia.

Belinda Koh

I am a lawyer by training – called to both the Bar of England & Wales as well as in Singapore. I started my career with the Britannia P&I Club in London. On my return to Singapore, I trained and worked at Drew & Napier, prior to joining the Standard P&I Club when the office was opened here. I then held positions with various ship management, shipping companies and commodity groups, such as the BW Group, OOCL Hong Kong, and Musim Mas Group, in insurance and/or legal roles, as well as with Marsh Singapore, heading the marine claims team. Currently, I am the Regional Logistics Risk Manager with Anchor Risk Services, a company within the Kuehne & Nagel Group of companies responsible for handling claims and liability risks in the Asia-Pacific region.

Tony Goldsmith

Tony initially went to sea in 1978 as a deck cadet with Ocean Fleets Ltd. He gained substantial experience on oil tankers, general cargo vessels, and bulk carriers in all junior ranks. He remained with them until they left the British flag in 1988. Tony then worked on North Sea supply vessels involved in anchor handling, supply fire-fighting (Piper Alpha) and towage. There he obtained his Class I Master Mariner’s certificate and invaluable ship handling experience, sailing predominantly as Chief Officer. Tony left the sea in 1989 to study law and was appointed a partner in May 2001.

Tony is an experienced Master Mariner with over 25 years’ experience in dealing with casualties worldwide. He acts for leading worldwide salvors, for all major P&I Clubs, Hull Underwriters and owners of vessels involved in casualties. He has substantial experience of investigating and handling cases involving fires, explosions, collisions, groundings and strandings, drafting salvage and wreck removal contracts, having acted on behalf of the contractors in respect of the wreck removal of the Costa Concordia and more recently for the owners and P&I Club of Thorco Cloud. He also advises from time to time on site during salvage operations. He is an SMC Associate Mediator – Singapore Mediation Centre and an SCMA Arbitrator.

Tony is the managing partner of Hill Dickinson’s Singapore office, having opened the office in 2009.


Tim Fuller

Tim Fuller is the CEO of Britannia’s Hong Kong Branch and  a Director of Tindall Riley (Britannia) Limited. He is a member of the IG Salvage Sub Committee and is also a member of the IG Working Group responsible for reviewing large salvage and wreck removal incidents,.

Tim was responsible for the handling of the Nagasaki Spirit, at the Britannia Club so lived through the Article 14 debate, concluding with a rare hearing in the Chamber at the House of Lords. This was followed by work involving the creation and drafting of the SCOPIC Clause and a place sitting on the SCOPIC Committee at Lloyds, until his relocating to Hong Kong. As an ex seafarer, Tim is pleased to be able to report that he has never needed to personally call upon the assistance of professional salvors but equally glad to know that they are available at all times to come to the aid of those in peril.

Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper is the Head of Legal, Shipping based in Singapore for the BW Group. He is a member of the BW Group Anti Bribery Committee and is the Convenor of the Tanker Working Group of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network.

Stephen initially joined BW in Singapore in January 2014 as General Counsel of BW LPG.

He has over 25 years’ experience as a maritime lawyer in private practice with law firms in England and Australia in wet (Admiralty), dry and commercial shipping matters. After completion of degrees in Law & Arts at the University of Melbourne, Stephen undertook Articles of Clerkship at Mallesons in Australia. He was a Solicitor at Sinclair Roche & Temperley in London and in 1992 became a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques. He has extensive experience in major maritime casualty matters including KIRKI (1991), IRON BARON (1995) and WORLD DISCOVERER (2000) as well as several complex Royal Australian Navy Inquiries.

Before joining BW LPG in 2014, he was the General Counsel of Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A. in Greece from 2011.

Stephen is a serving officer with the Royal Australian Navy Reserve. He is a Director of Nordisk Skibsrederforening (Nordisk Legal Services Pte Ltd) in Singapore.

Sam Kendall-Marsden

Sam Kendall-Marsden is the Director of Claims of The Standard Club, a leading mutual marine insurer headquartered in London with offices worldwide, including in New York, Piraeus, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Sam practiced as a solicitor in England and Australia for over ten years before joining the club in 2008.  Sam’s role at the club includes managing the claims function, supervising the handling of defence claims, formulating and promoting the club’s stance on industry issues, representing the club in industry forums and responsibility for the club’s rules.  Sam represents the club on the International Group’s Salvage, Maritime Security, Federal Maritime Commission, Pool Claim Notifications and Amicus Briefs subcommittees, and Large Casualty and Piracy working groups.  

Sam specialises in major casualty claims handling and has been responsible for The Standard Club’s responses to the MSC Chitra, MV Rena and, most recently, Costa Concordia and Amadeo 1 casualties, and supports colleagues in handling other large, complex casualty claims.


Paul Smit

Paul joined Shipowners in 2009 following a number of years practising as a solicitor with leading maritime law firms in South Africa and London. During his time in legal practice he handled a full range of disputes on behalf of P&I Clubs, Defence Clubs, vessel owners, charterers and commodities traders. At the Club he has worked in both the Europe/Africa and Americas syndicates, progressing to the position of Syndicate Manager. He relocated to the Club’s Singapore office in 2012 as Head of Claims for the Club’s Asian branches.

Martin Hall

Martin has been at Clyde & Co for 42 years. He is an Associate member of the Institute Legal Executives and has been a Partner Equivalent since May 1994. He has been in the Greek office since it was established in March 1998.

As a result of his considerable experience, he specialises in maritime law and arbitration, particularly in all aspects of marine casualties, charterparty and bill of lading disputes.

Martin is one of the world’s leading specialists in marine casualty and is involved in a large number of Lloyd’s Open Form Salvage arbitrations. His advice goes beyond collision and salvage to pollution liabilities, general average, transhipment and selling of distressed cargoes, wreck removal and insurance issues.

Martin acts for shipowners, P&I Clubs, insurers and leading salvors and has lectured and written many articles on salvage and general average. He is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and founder of the Eastern Mediterranean Mediation Association (EMMA).

Martin divides his time between the Piraeus office and the UK to lead the Marine Casualty Team.

Martin is featured as a leading individual for shipping in Legal 500 and is described in Chambers UK 2019 as “an outstanding leader in his field of marine casualty work”.

Leendert Muller

Capt. Leendert Muller is managing director of Multraship Towage & Salvage. He has spent nearly 35 years working in the towage & salvage industry and is a certified Marine Master and acting senior Salvage Master. Leendert specialised in operational and commercial issues from 1994 until 1999, when he became Deputy Director of Multraship. He was appointed Managing Director of the Group in 2002.

In the course of his career, Leendert has been involved in numerous high-profile emergency response, salvage and wreck removal operations, including the Aya 2, Tricolor, Pelican 1, Fowairet, Rostok, Flinterstar, etc. He is a past-president of the International Salvage Union (ISU) and currently acts as a member of the ISU Executive Committee. He is also a Chairman of the European Tugowners Association (ETA), member of the Board of the Royal Dutch Ship-owners Association (KVNR) as well as of the Dutch Transport Law Association (NVV).

Charo Coll

Ms Charo Coll is the President of the International Salvage Union. She is General Manager of the Offshore and Salvage Division of Spanish company Boluda Corporación Marítima. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry coordinating Boluda’s salvage division including the Boluda Tugs engaged with the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency. She also manages the chartering and sales and purchase departments of the corporation. Charo Coll holds a Specialist Degree in International Maritime Law from the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid and a Ship Management diploma. Ms Coll is a former President of the European Tug Owners’ Association.

Jeremy Russell QC

Jeremy Russell QC, (BA (Hons) business law; LLM (Lon)) is a highly experienced commercial barrister specialising in international commercial, shipping and aviation law. Having practised for 38 years, in 2015 he ceased taking on new work as counsel to focus on his practice as arbitrator and mediator. He carries with him into that task his skills in handling large, document-heavy cases requiring particular attention to detail and “his commercial mind” (Chambers UK). He has considerable experience of dealing with complex technical cases requiring an ability to master a range of engineering and scientific expert evidence.

He is particularly highly regarded for his experience and expertise in maritime and commercial arbitrations (LOF, LMAA, LCIA and ICC) and is the Lloyd’s salvage appeal arbitrator. His work typically involves detailed consideration of the many and varied technical issues which arise in the field of maritime and air transport.

His areas of experience include aviation and travel; collision, salvage and admiralty; dry shipping, commodities and transport; energy, shipbuilding and construction; commercial litigation; international arbitration; and mediation. He is a CEDR-accredited mediator and a member of COMBAR, LCLCBA, FSALS and SCMA. In addition to being the Lloyd’s salvage appeal arbitrator he is on the panels of the EMAC, the KLRCA and the SHIAC and is appointed on an ad hoc basis by the LMAA, ICC, LCIA and DIFC-LCIA.


Brendon Hawley

Brendon hails from South Africa and was educated in East Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

He has had an expansive shipping career spanning 47 years.

Brendon joined Wilhelmsen Ships Service in 2013 based in Singapore, and was recently appointed as Global Head of Ethics, Integrity and Safety.

This role takes Brendon to the forefront of Safety and  Ethics and Integrity, on the ground and in countries and ports worldwide, dealing with a diversified cross-section of the shipping industry.

A sea-going career spanning 18 years, and Master on various types of vessels from Tankers, General Cargo, Container and Bulk Carriers trading globally.

After coming ashore, Brendon has had roles as Director P & I Associates (South Africa) and Gearbulk Shipping (London), where he spent 17 years in numerous senior operational positions based in South Africa , USA, Quebec, UK, Sudan, Indonesia, BC Canada, China, and now Singapore. The last of which prior Singapore was China as head of operations for Gearbulk Shipping, Asia Pac for 7 years.

In addition Brendon sits on the Steering Committee for the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN).

He holds a Master Mariner Foreign Going Licence (Class 1).

Grant Hunter

Grant Hunter is BIMCO’s Head of Contracts and Clauses, responsible for overseeing the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s wide range of internationally used standard contracts and clauses. He has worked in the shipping industry for 40 years.

Grant’s career in the shipping industry spans over 40 years beginning as a deck cadet with Scottish shipping company the Ben Line Steamers Ltd, followed by eight years working ashore in the commercial and operations department of P&O Bulk Shipping in London. He has worked for BIMCO since 1997.

He has a Master’s degree in maritime policy and law from the London School of Economics.

Harry Hirst

Harry Hirst is a Partner and Master Mariner in the Ince & Co Singapore office. Harry has been practicing in Asia for 26 years and was previously based in the Hong Kong office. He is consistently recognised as a top admiralty specialist by leading legal directories and he is described by Chambers Asia Pacific as ‘one of the best shipping lawyers in Hong Kong’ and ‘one of the very few specialists in Admiralty work’.

Harry has more than twenty five years’ experience advising ship owners, P&I Clubs and hull underwriters on their maritime casualties. A former Deck Officer on tankers ranging from 3,000 to 300,000 tonnes deadweight with Mobil Shipping Company, he speaks and understands the language of mariners and those involved in the industry. He has a holistic understanding of maritime operations and marine investigations.

He specialises in all aspects of maritime casualties involving collision; salvage, total loss and wreck removal; pollution; fire and explosion; cargo shift, loss and damage; and general average. He has been involved in several of the most serious maritime incidents in Asia.

Hugh Shaw OBE

Hugh commenced his maritime career in 1974 with Mobil Shipping Company before coming ashore and joining HM Coastguard in 1981. Since that time, he has mainly specialised in search and rescue and counter pollution and salvage operations.

In January 2008 Hugh was appointed as the UK Secretary of State’s Representative(SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage and Intervention representing the Government for shipping and oil and gas sector accidents.

After 10 years as the SOSREP, Hugh retired from Government in April 2018 having been involved in over 700 incidents including the MSC NAPOLI, LT CORTESIA, ICE PRINCE, RIVERDANCE, YEOMAN BONTRUP, MSC FLAMINIA, HOEGH OSAKA, TRANSOCEAN WINNER and the V DUE.

During his time as the SOSREP, Hugh look a lead in developing and promoting the EC Guidelines for Places of Refuge. He is also an IMO Technical Advisor and has been involved in missions in the Middle and the Far East supporting coastal States develop their contingency plans.

Hugh was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Ian MacLean

Ian is a master mariner and commercial/admiralty lawyer with 40 years industry experience. He provides his client base of ship owners, managers and insurers with multi-jurisdictional experience in respect of vessel, offshore and port infrastructure casualties; cargo loss and damage; salvage (including wreck removal) and the claims in contract and tort that flow from such casualties.

He served at sea for 12 years to Chief Officer followed by ship owning company director and ship management appointments in senior corporate/general/risk management roles prior to being admitted as a solicitor in 2002.

Ian has also served with trade associations and on industry bodies including Lloyd’s Salvage Group (custodians of Lloyds Open Form and associated arbitral procedural rules), Intertanko, Intermanager, the Tanker Safety Officer’s Forum which he chaired and as an accredited delegate at the IMO. He has acted as a governmental adviser in respect of proposed shipping legislation.

He is a visiting lecturer in shipping law and was a Nautical Institute Scholar who undertook post graduate research into transactional and operational risk management in vessel operation as part of an MBA. He is a contributing author to The Nautical Institute on Command, 3rd Edition.