Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (“Braemar SA”), the international multi-disciplinary marine surveyors and consultants, has announced that Mr Tim Lewis has today been appointed to the newly created position of “Director, Ports & Harbours”. Mr Lewis holds a masters degree in Civil and Maritime Engineering, and a masters degree in Business Administration, and joins Braemar SA from another leading marine consultancy where he held a similar position for many years.
Mr Lewis has been a marine consultant for over 25 years and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. His early career focussed on the design, analysis and warranty of structures for ports, inshore and offshore projects, whilst over the last 15 years he has focussed on providing expert opinion to marine solicitors, P&I Clubs, terminal owners and insurers. He advises on issues such as the extent of damage, repair methods, repair costs and methods of mitigation. He also provides expert opinion on unsafe berth cases considering aspects such as jetty layout, fendering, moorings and structural adequacy. He has acted on nearly 100 dock damage and marine incidents around the world and has on many occasions given expert evidence in court and arbitration hearings. He has also undertaken numerous shipping studies, operational simulations and delay analyses for several ports and projects. Aspects considered include risk analysis of the proposed developments, vessel throughput, berth occupancy and downtime, optimal dredged depth and optimisation of tug and pilot numbers.
Ports & Harbours is a new business line within Braemar SA’s marine consultancy practice and is further evidence of the Company’s commitment to growing its marine consultancy capability. Based in the Company’s London office Mr Lewis will be responsible for expanding the Ports & Harbours business globally and additional recruitment to the team will follow.
Nigel Clark, Braemar SA Managing Director, said; “I am delighted we have been able to attract a marine professional of Tim’s calibre to Braemar SA to head up our new Ports & Harbours technical consultancy. Tim is extremely well regarded within the industry and under his direction we anticipate being able to offer clients a very creditable and professional alternative to their current providers of the full range of these services going forward. Tim will continue to use his technical engineering and expert witness skills and experience to personally handle disputes and cases on behalf of clients whilst also managing what we expect will be a rapid growth of the newly formed Ports & Harbours department within Braemar SA.”
Braemar SA operates via a global network of offices and is a leading provider of hull & machinery damage surveys, general marine surveys, risk management services and marine consultancy services to the shipping, marine insurance, maritime law and offshore energy industries. The Company is a part of the Braemar shipping Services plc group of companies and a member of the Technical Services Division.