Michael has a wide range of experience in oil,chemical and gas tankers; charter party disputes;navigation; cargo and P&I condition surveys/oil major vetting inspections. For the past fourteen years, Michael has been involved in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of seagoing tankers and dry cargo ships including the development and monitoring of maintenance systems, dry-docking and carrying out afloat repairs to a variety of vessels at various locations around the world. Michael offers independent, impartial, technical advice on a wide variety of marine and engineering matters and has undertaken numerous surveys of vessels. His is able to assist with surveys at site, preliminary advice, through to substantive reports for litigation. Michael has conducted in-house investigation of numerous engineering incidents on-board vessels. He has supervised vessel sale and purchases and conducted ISM, TMSA and ISO 9001 Code audits.
Before his current work onshore, he rose through the ranks from Cadet to become a Fleet Operations Manager, Marine Superintendent and Master, at various shipping operators, including AS Vulcanus and Stamford Tankers. Mike has in total twenty-eight years sea-going experience onboard dry cargo ships, crude, product and chemical tankers; six years’ experience as an Operations Manager/Marine Superintendent/Safety and Quality Manager; and eight years’ experience as a self-employed consultant specialising in tanker vetting (SIRE), lead auditor of tanker operators’ management systems, and Expert Witness.
Mike also has an Unlimited Master Mariner Certificate of Competency; and he is a Younger Brother of Trinity House; a Member of the Nautical Institute and a Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
Zuraimi has a total of twenty years of working experience in Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Ports and Higher Education. He spent almost fifteen years in strategic planning; business development and trading; commercial shipping and transportation; supply chain management; chartering; export & international trade and logistics. He was the Head of Strategic Planning, Commercial Shipping and Logistics with Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals companies. Prior to that, he gained valuable experiences in port management. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer of Logistics, Maritime Business and Supply Chain at the University of Malaysia.
He has worked directly with senior management to develop and implement an integrated commercial shipping and logistics operation which covered raw material and finished products; new business opportunities and business strategic plans that responded to corporate manufacturing and marketing strategies. He has also worked independently and closely with internal and external parties which included Port Authorities, Customs and other Government Agencies; freight forwarders, shipowners and ship brokers; and he is experienced in third-party negotiations and managing multi-tier relationships with suppliers, and partners on a local, regional and global level. In addition, he has played a leading role in strategic planning activities to ensure that the company follows through with the implementation of its vision, mission and strategy in line with its goals and objectives. He is very familiar with shipping/freight market evaluation; and the charter-hire of vessels including spot voyages, time charters, continuous voyages and Contracts Of Affreightment.
Sarah Sullivan is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, a member of the Baltic Exchange and supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrator’s Association (LMAA).
Sarah has previously worked for shipowners and consultants as a claims handler and more recently has worked as this for P&I Clubs using her knowledge of trading, broking and law to advise members of the clubs on a range of issues including complex cargo claims, charterparty issues and international concerns such as sanctions.
Most recently, Sarah has been involved in reviewing and updating law text books for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and delivering training on shipping law for various companies worldwide.
Ayman Alakkawi is a Senior Mechanical Engineer, with a chief marine engineer license (unlimited), a Chartered Engineer registration with over 16 years’ experience in the maritime industry, providing consulting and engineering services related to matters involving ships, ports and terminals, and maritime operations, this includes commercial ships, oil/gas offshore installations, machinery failure investigations, propulsion and ship component design, project management and ship inspection.
He has experience in shipbuilding, classification society's regulations, NDT and ship welds inspection, machinery installations and ship maintenance. He is experienced in maritime education and training in U.K, the Caribbean and U.S.A with excellent verbal and written skills and experience in multi-cultural environments, accompanied with a proven ability to provide academic and professional guidance.