Simon Beechinor has forty years operational and senior management experience of the maritime transport industry within the UK / Europe and S.E. Asian markets. Simon's background includes ship management, ship owning, ports, liner trades and marine consultancy. Simon initially founded the business to cater for the most poorly understood area of management in the maritime industries - project management. Poor project management is fundamentally responsible for the most spectacular cost over-runs and affects every sector of the industry. From asset sale and purchase, ship operations and insurance claims or business development, successful management requires the tight and effective control of Cost, Time, Scope, Risk, Quality and Benefit.
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We know that finding the right commerical or maritime consultant, project or interim manager to work with you is a choice not to be taken lightly. We know that our clients rely upon our advice and expertise. That’s why we take great care to understand your business and thoroughly explore your needs, the scope of your goals and your budget. Everything we do focuses on genuinely creating value and extracting cost from your operations. We are able to achieve this by the application of 'lean' principles and formal project management systems.
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Simon is a Commercial Operations Director, Project Manager (PRinCE2 Practitioner) and Master Mariner with extensive senior management experience of the maritime industries. His background includes the management of a major shipping company as Commercial Operations Director and subsequently CEO, a large marine consultancy and cargo services company based in S.E Asia and a Pacific-based regional liner trade. He has over ten years’ experience as an interim manager and consultant in both the maritime and offshore sectors. He is presently appointed as a non-executive director (NXD) to a private equity investment subsidiary and previously served as NXD to a major UK port and transport services business. Simon has operational management and seagoing experience of bulk and break-bulk vessels, reefer, container and project cargo vessels, anchor handling, multi-role dive support and heavy-lift vessels.
Qualifications: Class 1 Master Mariner (Foreign Going) and PRinCE2 Practitioner
Duncan has a strong shipbuilding background having spent eight years in Scott Lithgow shipbuilders on the Lower Clyde. There he progressed through to project engineer on major projects such as the lengthening of the large RoRo vessel “Atlantic Conveyor”. Subsequently, he spent over twenty years with Atkins Oil and Gas where he was involved in a large range of offshore and marine projects. This project work included strength and fatigue assessments of FPSOs and semi-submersibles, stability, ballasting and mooring issues, Structural Integrity Management (SIM) and assisting clients in the compilation of Offshore Safety Cases. He has represented many clients on integrity issues, with both HSE and Class. Duncan has led and project managed teams of engineers and draughtsmen in the design of offshore structures. His career at Atkins gave him extensive specialist experience in the application of advanced analysis techniques for the assessment of marine structures.
Qualifications: Member of Royal Institute of Naval Architects; BSc (Eng) Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering, Glasgow 1984. C.Eng, PRinCE2 Practitioner
Alan has over 40 years’ experience of the maritime industry. He has seagoing experience of passenger, general cargo and container vessels, VLCC, PROBO and offshore support vessels. He has served as Master on a variety of offshore vessels including PSV, AHTS and wellhead stimulation vessels. As General Manager with Hong Kong Salvage & Towage (HKS&T), Alan led all marine operations including heavy-lifts and special projects and served as both Salvage Master and Master for complex ocean tows. He established the container division for HKS&T and won commercial contracts to design, build and operate six unique container vessels for the Hong Kong government. He has further assisted in the design and construction of more than thirty vessels for clients. Alan has developed a large number of international tow contracts and continues to manage new building projects and undertake casualty investigations. He has served as Expert Witness in major litigation cases, published two industry publications and is active across the Voluntary sector.
Qualifications: Class 1 Master Mariner (Foreign Going) with BA Honours (Open University); OND (Nautical Science). Fellow of the Nautical Institute and Member of Council; Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Past Chairman (2012 – 2015) and Fellow of the International Tugmasters’ Association.
Malcolm has over 40 years’ experience of the maritime industry. He is a Chief Engineer with considerable new building and engineering project management experience with specialist expertise in regard to mega-yachts of c.150m LOA. He has acted as owner’s representative and project manager for many new-build and refit projects in yards throughout northern Europe, the Mediterranean and China. He undertakes a wide variety of vessel and machinery surveys in accordance with prevailing industry standards. Malcolm is widely experienced in the management of vessel conversions and undertaking pre-purchase and pre-charter surveys of vessels; damage repair surveys for insurance claims, and warranty work following the delivery of new buildings and refits. He has consulted widely in protecting owners’ interests in the compilation and review of vessel specifications and contracts, including advising on the justification of ‘Variations to Contract’ with particular emphasis on ensuring value for money. He has further experience as Expert Witness in litigation for technical, Classification Society and Flag Administration disputes at Courts of Law.
Qualifications: Class 1 Marine Engineer.
Paul has over 40 years’ experience of the maritime and offshore industries. His consultancy experience includes advising in the design and testing of computer-based systems for insurance risk purposes, together with system testing and the preparation of the associated handbooks and industry documentation. He has provided training and advice on Risk Management to clients and is further qualified as an ISO auditor. Most recently Paul has served as Marine Warranty Surveyor and has c.10 years’ experience of major offshore projects with various oil and gas majors. He has attended for offshore jacket installations and associated activities such as piling, grouting, topside and bridge installations in the North Sea and internationally. He has further attended for numerous project cargo load-outs and sub-sea installations including umbilicals (carousel and reel) and pipelines (J lay and S-lay). He has considerable experience in developing HIRA, HAZOP’s and HAZID’s. Paul has undertaken many vessel and barge surveys both for ‘suitability’ and the issue of both CMID and OVID reports.
Qualifications: Class 1 Master Mariner (Foreign Going) with a BTEC HND Nautical Studies. Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute.