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Diploma in Surveying of Offshore Floating Units

Unique international surveying qualification for offshore floating units - training course by tutored distance learning

Course starts: 12th June 2019

Course Director

Allan Thomas Larsen - CEng, CMarEng, FRINA, FIMarEST, MCMS

Allan is a European Engineer registered with FEANI, Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and a member of The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors in addition to holding professional accreditation as both a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer. Allan commenced his career in 1987 as a marine engineer cadet with the Ben Line and completed his studies at South Tyneside College in 1991. Since then he has held sea going positions including second engineer and up to Chief Engineer for sea trials of new construction and prototype vessel. Allan then completed five years as a shoreside marine engineer involved in the reconditioning of marine plant before joining Ferguson Shipbuilders as Assistant Mechanical Design Engineer in 1996 and later Mechanical Design Engineer in 1998. In 2001 Allan joined the Classification Society Bureau Veritas as a ship surveyor for all ship types, all marks and all notations and also gained certification in various auditing processes including MLC, ISM and ISPS. Currently Allan is involved in various marine projects including Offshore Units, Accident/Incident investigations and damage repair of all ship types.


Marie Caillerie, Consultant, NauticaLex

Marie joined the French Merchant Navy Academy in Marseilles in 1993 and was trained both as a Marine Engineer and a Master. After her cadetship on chemical tankers, bulk-carriers, ferries and ro-ro, she served as a 3rd Engineer and a 2nd Mate on large bulk-carriers and cable-layers, and as an Environmental Officer on P&O Cruise ships. In 2003 she re-directed her career ashore to work as a lecturer in Technical English and Maritime Regulations for the French Maritime Academy and obtained as well a B.A. in English. She then collaborated with the International Maritime Organization (Conference Division) as a technical translator, and provided trainings on technical subjects reviewed during IMO Committees and meetings. In 2009 she joined Classification society Bureau Veritas where she then headed the statutory department and was in charge of statutory surveys procedures. She participated to several IMO Sub-Committees and worked more specifically for the FSI Sub-Committee Drafting and Working groups. She also delivered frequent trainings on statutory matters to BV Surveyors. Her interest for maritime regulations brought her back to university in 2011 and she obtained a Master’s degree in Maritime Law at Plymouth University.

Today Marie has set up her consultancy company, NauticaLex, and still works as a technical translator and lecturer for the IMO Conference Division. She also writes articles on maritime regulations for the specialized newspaper Le Marin.



Paul completed a traditional cadetship 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.
Following the successful completion of his class one certificate, Paul undertook service as assistant superintendent, after which he was recruited by the National Sea Training Trust to introduce marine engineering education and training into the college at Gravesend. Subsequently, Paul also took time to obtain a Master’s Degree in Educational Management at The University of Greenwich. As Head of the National Sea Training Centre at North West Kent College, Paul undertook the role of Course Director for the Diploma in Marine Surveying run with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy (LMA) and is now the current Course Director for the Middlesex University/LMA MSc in Marine Surveying. During his time at NWK College Paul led the Marine department at the College into the delivery of Superyacht Qualifications and has been an active supporter of updating the IAMI and SQA examination systems. He also authored the Superyacht specialist module on the LMA Superintendency course.
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.


Aby started his career in marine engineering back in January 1979 as a marine engineering cadet on oil tankers with BP. During the seagoing career, he worked on oil tankers and salvage operations. After about 9 years of seagoing career Aby moved to shore based roles as a surveyor and then marine engineering consultant while continuing his higher education in Liverpool.

Aby joined LJMU as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 until 2008 during which period he was a member of the LJMU Maritime Research Group as well as acting as independent consultant to ship-owners during new building of oil tankers and container ships programs. During his time at the LJMU, he developed undergraduate and postgraduate courses for marine & offshore engineering in addition to his research interests.

Aby joined DNV in Aberdeen in October 2008 as a senior engineer in the offshore structural section and soon achieved the Independent Competent Person’s status in a variety of offshore structural field including topside modular structures design, lifting appliances, offshore containers, subsea joints, drilling support structures, pipe-lay systems, well work-over emergency disconnect, wellhead emergency Christmas tree and offshore safety case verification scheme. Aby developed his expertise in Quality Assurance at DNV.

He joined American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in London in February 2011 and then after joined Lloyd’s Register (LR) in April 2012 as an independent consultant engineer and soon achieved the ICP status with them in a variety of roles including offshore drilling structures, pipe-lay systems, lifting appliances, FPSO topside modular packages, topside structures, hydraulic systems, safety case verification scheme, lifting appliances and materials handling equipment and system, offshore cranes, special lifting devices, pipe-lay structures and containers.

Aby continued working as an independent marine & offshore engineering consultant (Structural Technical Authority) for a variety of clients such as Heerema on Kaombo EPCI project and Petrofac on Sharjah offshore floating installation asset integrity and DNO Oman for offshore fixed and floating installations also asset integrity. Other clients included IHC, Huisman, SAS Gouda and others.

Aby also acts as the UK Regional Technical Representative on behalf of GERDAU who is a major steel foundry in Spain for very large casting and forgings for use in offshore and subsea applications.