Marine . . .

Experienced in  investigating the causes of damage, loss, and/or gathering evidence and/or expediting operations, wherever incidents occur, and he has a willingness to travel almost anywhere at short notice. Also provides expert evidence within his expertise.  Will be providing law firms, insurers, ship owners and charterers with a professional, highly focused service.




  • Attendance on site anywhere in the world to investigate the causes of damage, loss and/or delays, to gather evidence, or to expedite load or discharge in challenging circumstances. Provide technical support to local Surveyors and Correspondents
  • Expert opinion for arbitration and court.
  • Technical consultancy to assist with complex oil/cargo/bunker issues and/or claims.
  • Lecturing & training



  • Petroleum
  • Oil contaminations, oil losses, oil quantity disputes, oil measurement disputes, tank cleanliness disputes, tanker operations, oil cargo segregation, change over from black  to white oils, sampling & gauging methods and practices, ship-to-ship transfers, oil terminal operational audits, oil pollution.
  • Dry bulk cargoes
  • Dry bulk cargo load & discharge supervision, investigation into wet damage in bulk cargoes, infestation & contamination of bulk cargo, bulk losses, draught surveys, and hold cleanliness disputes. Bulk cargo experience: wheat, barley, iron ore fines, cement (including cement clinker), coal, fertilizers, soya bean meal, scrap.
  • Bunkers
  • MARPOL Annex VI compliance, ISO 8217 compliance issues, bunker quantity disputes, off specification issues, charterparty clauses, suppliers terms and conditions, fuel management, bunker claims, recoveries from off-spec bunkers, interpretation of analysis results.


  • Master’s Degree (with Merit), Marine Cargo Damage Investigation, Middlesex University.
  • Diploma in Marine Surveying.
  • Deck Officer Class II (Chief Officer FG)
  • Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science, Warsash College of Nautical Studies.
  • Deck Officer Class III (Second Mate FG)
  • Ordinary National Diploma in Nautical Science, South Shields Marine College.



  • Owner/Consultant, personal company
  • Part time consultant to DNV Petroleum Services Pte, Singapore, Oct 2009 to date
  • DNV Petroleum Services – Customer Service Manager & Business Development Consultant, 2008 – 2009
  • Consultant & Surveyor, Managing Director, CF Spencer & Co
  • (incl 2003 – 2007 Licensed Pilot, Port of Bridgwater), 2000 – 2007
  • Branch Manager, Division Manager, SGS South Africa Pty Ltd, 1995 – 2000
  • Surveyor, Branch Manager, SGS Saudi Arabia Ltd (Jubail & Yanbu), 1987 – 1995
  • Petroleum Inspector/Surveyor, SGS UK Ltd, 1984 – 1987
  • Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd, Rowbotham Tankships, Cadet to Chief Officer,1976 – 1984


1. Oil related

  • Oil Cargo Reconciliation & Voyage Analysis
  • Petroleum Cargo Compatibility & Tank Cleaning
  • Oil Measurement, Gauging & Sampling
  • Oil Pollution – Contingency Planning & Response (MCA)
  • Petroleum Tanker Safety Course

1. Cargo

  • Refrigerated Ship Surveying course
  • Shipshape Training Course
  • Marine Corrosion

1. Expert training

  • Academy of Experts – Expert witness training
  • Bond Solon – Expert witness training
  • Accident Investigation – Cognitive Interview Techniques

1. Bunkers

  • Fuel Oil Quality & Fuel Oil Treatment
  • Bunker School (Lloyds Maritime Academy)
  • Practical, Technical and Legal Aspects of Bunkering

1. Other

  • Effective Negotiating
  • ISPS – Ship Security Officer / Company Security Officer (MCA Approved)
  • “Train the Trainer” course
  • Surveying Wooden Boats
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