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Diploma in Small Craft Surveying

Aimed specifically at surveyors of small commercial and leisure vessels - training course by distance learning

Starts 2 October 2018

Delivered by tutored distance learning


Course Director

Karl Pizzey

Karl Pizzey is currently the General Manager and Ship Surveyor at ‘Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd’. Having previously been involved in the Further and Higher Education system in a technical capacity for eight years.

Karl is a previous student of the Diploma Course in Small Craft Surveying and completed the course with distinction and now brings first-hand experience of the course, and his subsequent career, training and experience, for the benefit of course participants.

Since completing the course Karl has developed his skills in the marine surveying industry and now holds recognition as an Associate of both the ‘Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)’ and the ‘Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS)’.

Through the ‘Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors’ Karl holds approval by the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to perform all workboat code of practice surveys and certification tasks.

In addition to his MCA approval Karl is also an approved Flag State Inspector for all ship types, for the Flag State Administration of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines.

As an employee of ‘Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd’, Karl works as part of a well-established team of experts with extensive experience in the marine industry supported by many decades of technical, regulatory and training experience.

This has been an extremely interesting and intense course to take. Much has been learned and absorbed and I know that it will be beneficial as I embark on my new career. The instructor has been very helpful and has answered all questions put to him.

Phil Hibbeln, 

Student 2018


Robert Curry C.Eng FRINA
Director, Robert Curry Naval Architects Ltd
Senior Staff Consultant, Hull Structures, ABS Europe Ltd

Bob has over 50 years experience working within hull structures and naval architecture. It started with completion of the five year apprenticeship scheme in the drawing and design offices of Vickers Armstrong Naval Yard, Newcastle on Tyne. Then to assistant naval architect at Sir Joseph W. Isherwood, Naval Architects, London.

As well as authoring technical modules for Lloyd’s Maritime Academy courses Bob has had over 30 technical papers published by RINA, SNAME and IPEN.

Hugh Donohoe
Divisional Leader and Lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety
North Kent College

Hugh spent seven years at sea, leaving the position of Chief Mate to take up the position of Senior Seamanship Instructor at the National Sea Training Centre (NSTC) in 1989. This job grew beyond all recognition over the next 12 years, his role then changing with it to include STCW short course development examination duties, NVQ Assessor and Verifier roles. At sea he held the position of Ship’s Safety Officer and then College Safety Officer at the NSTC from 1991. In 2000 Mr Donohoe took up the challenge of putting his practical health and safety experience into play when he joined the Division of Occupational Safety and Health where he is part of a professional team delivering NEBOSH and other Occupational Safety and Health courses. Mr Donohoe also continues in the role of marine Internal Verifier and has a role as an advanced practitioner in Curriculum Planning and Delivery for NKC.

Chris Gladish BSc C.Eng, FRINA

Chris graduated in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding at Durham University, (King's College) in 1965 having previously spent time at sea and as an apprentice with Vospers of Portsmouth. After working with diesel engine and steam turbine companies, he joined Bureau Veritas in 1970 where over the years he was involved in most marine and offshore activities of that society in various parts of the world. In the last five years before his retirement from Bureau Veritas he was operational manager for ships in service activities for the Far and Middle East Zones. Amongst other activities, now, he is an auditor for IACS and an examiner for a Certifying Authority under the MCA Codes of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels.

Susan Hawker

Susan is an Associate Professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indianna, USA), and visiting lecturer at Cass Business School (City University), and at HST Akademie Hamburg. She also lectures for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ courses, and for the UKSA’s MCA Yacht Masters’ qualification. In addition to her academic work, Susan speaks at and chairs commercial shipping seminars, and undertakes in-house legal training.

Susan is an executive member of the London Maritime Law & Policy Group (“LUMPL”), which was established in 2008 as a non-profit making collaborative network of London academic institutions with research interests in maritime law and policy. The aim is to discuss, disseminate and develop research in maritime law and policy. LUMPL members are drawn from a wide range of academic and research institutions, professional group, commercial organisations and individuals sharing a common interest in maritime law and policy. The Group holds three seminars a year, to which members’ collective students are invited, in addition to trade practitioners. The seminars attract favourable attention from the shipping press (Lloyd’s List). The Group also holds a highly successful PhD seminar each year. A programme of lectures and research seminars for postgraduate and PhD students for 2011/12 is now in progress. For further information see LUMPL’s website, currently hosted by Westminster University at: http://www.city.ac.uk

Matthew Marshall
Shipping and Marine Insurance Consultant

Matthew, a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, worked for the Institute of London Underwriters for over twenty years. He has also undertaken consultancy projects for Government and international organisations, including involvement with the United Nations revising transport legislation, marine insurance and maritime legislation in Pakistan. Matthew now works for a small research and consultancy company where he is Technical Director. He is well regarded in shipping and insurance circles for his work on marine statistics and legal problems affecting relations between ship and cargo interests. Among these have been pioneering work on general average and conventions on carriage of goods by sea.

Ian Nicolson C.Eng, FRINA, Hon.MIIMS
Senior Partner, Ian Nicolson and Partners

Ian was apprenticed at the Dorset Yacht Co. and did a Journeymanship at John I. Thorneycrofts, now called VT Group. He worked in Canada with Thornton Grenfell, a leading yacht designer. Since 1959 he has been a partner in A. Mylne & Co. the oldest yacht design firm in the world. He has been senior partner since 1979, and has written 23 books on the design, construction, surveying and use of small craft. Between survey work he has also completed the up-dated construction plans of a 60 foot wood International 12 Metre Class racing yacht being built in the Caribbean, as well as the drawings of a steel 46foot ocean cruiser and a fibreglass fast motor cruiser.

Paul Russell MSc. BA (Hons) MIMarEST
Marine Engineer and Education Specialist

Paul completed a traditional cadet ship with Cunard Shipping Services. During his career as a ship’s engineer, he served on all types of vessels from passenger ships to super tankers. His sea service also included medium-speed engines powering small tankers, slow-speed engines driving bulk carriers and steam plant providing power for the first container ships.

In 2010 Paul started his own maritime consultancy dedicated to the professional development of seafarers. Some of the first projects included; Editor for the publication Marine Propulsion and Auxiliary as well as teaching the Science I & II to a group of superyacht engineers. Paul then worked to complete the business plan for a new multi-million pound marine training and conference complex under development by Viking Recruitment Limited just outside Dover in the UK. Subsequently Paul has completed; a change management strategy for a leading maritime charity, updated two marine engineering books, delivered a teaching program for undergraduates learning marine engineering and provided leadership to an MSc program in Marine Surveying. Current projects include Training Needs Analysis, Quality Review of course provision and support for cadets undergoing their on-board experiential learning.

Nigel L Smith FCA, FCCA
Principal, The Financial & Management Training Consultancy

Nigel is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He qualified with a small firm of accountants before moving to Coopers and Lybrand as a training manager in 1971. In 1982 he set up his own training practice and has specialised in training finance in the Ports Industry since 1983. He currently lectures to large and small businesses and governmental bodies in the UK, Europe, Africa, USA, South America and the Far East.

Paul Smith MEng DipMarSur MIIMS, AMYDSA
Marine Surveyor, Narrowboat Surveys Ltd

Paul is a life-long inland waterway boater who, after working in the non-marine industry, decided upon a career change into Marine Surveying of inland waterway craft. The transition included time shadowing a senior Marine Surveyor in the field, along with completing a Yacht & Small Craft Surveying course and qualification as a Boat Safety Scheme Examiner. Training did not stop, with CORGI registration for LPG on Boats and a Diploma in Marine Surveying to follow. After a decade of surveying, Paul is a member of the International Institute for Marine Surveying (IIMS), Yacht, Brokers and Designers Association (YDSA) and the British Marine Federation (BMF).