Allan Larsen is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Marine Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers & Ship Surveyors, whilst also holding IMCA accreditation as a vessel inspector.
Starting his career in 1987 as a Marine Engineer cadet, he also undertook seagoing positions, machinery and ship repair, ship design and commissioning and marine surveyor / auditor roles.
Allan was employed by the IACS member classification Society Bureau Veritas from 2001 to 2015 during which time he trained and operated as a class and statutory ship surveyor (all marks and all notations), condition assessment surveyor, offshore surveyor, auditor and trained trainer. For his last seven years with Bureau Veritas Allan was employed simultaneously as Head of Section for Damage Repair and Head of Section for Offshore Units in Service, based at the societies' Head Office in Paris.
Currently, Allan is Managing Director and Principal Surveyor of Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd and Director / Vice President of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors.
Education, training and continued professional development of personnel have for many decades been an essential aspect of staff competence. However whilst this is essential, the time required to attend courses affects both the individual and their employers, as time away from the workplace and away from home has been required. In the modern era, e-learning allows for studies and training without travel or the need to attend classroom based courses, whilst still providing tutor and collegiate support around the clock and around the world – every day of the year.