The Marine & Ports department provides a wide range of consultancy and surveying services.

The department also performs project work involving navigational risk and environmental impact studies, berth design and related port development projects, including dredging, towage, oil pollution clean-up and other port services.

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Scope of work

Cargo handling & stowage
Charter party disputes
Collision & grounding incidents
Compliance audits for shipowners
Draft survey calculations
Dredging studies
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Heavy weather claims
Hull, machinery & cargo damage
Incident investigation worldwide
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Loss prevention studies
Navigation, pilotage and seamanship
Pollution incident investigation & modelling
Port, harbour, terminal & offshore facility studies
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Ship safety & stability studies
Shipboard accidents & personal injury claims
Speed & fuel consumption analysis
Structural engineering & naval architect studies
Supervision of repairs afloat & in dry dock
Technical due diligence assessments
Unsafe berth investigations
Vessel condition surveys

Experts & Consultants

The Marine & Ports department comprises experienced professionals including master mariners, marine, civil and port development engineers and marine environmental specialists.

Senior members of the team are frequently called upon to give expert advice in arbitration and court hearings.

Anthony Severn
Anthony SevernDirector Member of the Nautical Institute
Fellow of the Energy Institute

Joined CWA in 1983, following an early career as a tanker officer. Has extensive experience in litigation matters involving loss or contamination disputes and is responsible for the management and co-ordination of the Company's marine consultancy projects and survey assignments. Experienced Expert Witness.
Capt. Floris Menting
Capt. Floris Menting LL.MAssociate Director Master Mariner
Considerable international experience of incident investigation worldwide including dry cargo and damage surveys. Joined CWA in 1996. Expertise in the shipment of a wide range of commodities. With a surveying career spanning more than 30 years, highly experienced in incident investigation, cargo salvage and cost damage mitigation issues. Experienced expert witness.
Mike Nicholson
Over forty years of marine experience; as Master on a wide variety of vessels, Pilot, and Harbour Master. Specialising in all aspects of harbour operations from the practical movement of ships and large objects to port management and the assessment of risks.
Stephen Radford
Stephen RadfordSenior Consultant Marine Engineer
Comprehensive experience of all main vessel types, specialising hull and machinery damage investigation and vessel performance claims. Drawing up, costing and supervising dry dockings, major repairs and modifications, on and off hire condition surveys, and sale and purchase inspections. Experienced expert witness.
Paul Aldrich
Paul AldrichConsultant Marine Engineer
Over 40 years in the marine industry sailing on various types of vessel to the rank of Chief Engineer. Technical ship manager, specialises in condition and safety inspections, incident and technical investigations, overseeing drydockings and repairs.
Dr Roger Maddrell
Dr Roger MaddrellSenior Consultant Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Fellow of the Geological Society
Fellow of the Academy of Experts
Accredited Mediator

Experienced in coastal engineering, harbour and port design, engineering and construction, dredging and reclamation, feasibility studies and risk assessments, harbour and port damage claims.
Capt. David Jackson
Capt. David JacksonConsultant Master Mariner
Experienced in worldwide incident investigation, cargo salvage and loss mitigation. Expertise in the shipment of many commodities, including refrigerated cargoes, grain and sugar.
Capt. Chris Kelly
Capt. Chris KellyConsultant Master Mariner
Member of the Nautical Institute
Member of the Energy Institute
Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation
Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors

Ship surveys, cargo and vessel damage and steel pre-shipment surveys. Casualty investigation. Auditing of Quality and Safety Management Systems to the requirements of ISO and the ISM Code.
Clive George
Over 37 years as a marine engineer, superintendent and fleet manager. In the last two years as a consultant, became an OCIMF SIRE inspector accredited by many of the Oil Majors. Most experience is in the Oil and Chemical Tanker sectors, though with several year's experience in the Dry Bulk field.
Neil Price
Neil PriceConsultant
Master Mariner with command experience who managed the development, construction and operation of a bunker storage and supply terminal in Portland and has 21 years’ experience on tankers from product carriers to VLCC’s. (6 years command) and gas carriers. Previous experience also obtained ashore in emergency response, marine assurance and auditing, ship vetting and vessel operations all with a leading Oil and Gas Major
Tony Greener
Technical ship manager with over 40 years maritime industry experience. Focus on container vessels. Combined Chief Engineer. Specialities include condition and safety inspections, incident and technical investigations, overseeing drydockings and repairs.

CWA Experts & Consultants

Typical Cases

Marine casualties

CWA has investigated and advised on a number of prominently reported vessel casualties worldwide. The range of issues considered include:
Impact of damage on cargo handling capability
Technical & operational input for risk management
Protection of the environment
Risk analysis of spills scenario
Expert advice on cargo care
Supervision of cargo transfer (including STS)
Cargo reclamation
Recovery and loss audit of cargo

Heavy weather at sea

CWA advises on navigation and seamanship in losses arising from heavy weather.

Ship in dock

CWA advises on port safety and the adequacy of loss prevention measures and contingency planning.

Barnacles on ship's hull

CWA advises on the nature, extent and origin of hull fouling from, for example, barnacle growth.

Tanker at sea

CWA investigates speed and performance claims.

Deck of tanker

CWA participates in larger consortia involved in the design and build of new port and terminal facilities, worldwide. In the role of specialist marine consultants, CWA advises on all aspects of safety in navigation and risk assessment in the carriage and handling of hazardous goods through the port.

Sub sea refinery

Project management and engineering services provided in association with sub-sea piping specialists, including initial hydrographic and seabed survey, assessment of routing and conceptual design, project scheduling and provision costing.


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