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Diploma in Marine Surveying

The leading international marine and ship surveying training course by distance learning

Next intake: 7 April 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning


Course Director

Allan Larsen, CEng, CMarEng, FRINA, FIMarEST, FCMS.

Led by Allan Larsen, a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer with over thirty years of marine industry experience. Allan is registered with FEANI, The Engineering Council, RINA, IMarEST and the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ships Surveyors.

Of his career, Allan served fifteen years with the major Classification Society Bureau Veritas acting as a ship surveyor (all marks and all notations) and as Head of Section for Casualties, Damages and Repairs. Allan has also achieved certification in many auditing systems including ISO9001,ILO-MLC, ISM,ISPS, ISO 50001, BS18000 and BS 14000.

Currently, Allan is the Managing Director and Principal Surveyor at  'Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd' serving the maritime insurance, legal, training and recreation sectors of the marine industry. Allan is also the Immediate Past President of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers & Ship Surveyors (SCMS).

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.

Allan Larsen


Alan Costain, Marine Surveyors, Minton, Treharne and Davies Ltd

Alan is a Master Mariner and a professional marine surveyor and consultant specialising in petroleum tanker operations. In sixteen years at sea with BP Shipping, in which he served as a Chief Officer, he gained wide experience of all aspects of product and crude tanker operations. He gained extensive knowledge of offshore operations including DP and dive support whilst serving as Fire & Safety Officer onboard a semi-submersible. He then became a ship surveyor with BP, vetting vessels prior to acceptance of their suitability for Charter, placing particular emphasis on ship management and safety. After coming ashore, Alan studied for a BSc in Nautical Studies. He subsequently worked for a major marine surveying company, dealing with a wide variety of commodities such as flowers, fruit, steel coils, wood pulp and fertilisers, as well as investigating warehouse issues involving coffee and the like around the world. Alan joined MTD in 1991.

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. 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. 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.

Robert Curry, CEng, FRINA

Bob has over 40 years' experience working within hull structures and naval architecture.

Bob remains up to date with current issues through actively participating in a number of associations and committees.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (FRINA), a Member of RINA Council, Chairman of RINA Small Craft Committee; Member IMO Committee, RINA Safety Committee, RINA High Speed Vessels Committee  and Represents RINA at IMO on WGs on Goal Based Standards, IMO Polar Code  FRP on SOLAS Ships . Plus is the UK expert on ISO Working Groups for Large Yacht Safety and Small Craft Structural standards.

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.

Paul Russell, Marine Engineer and Education specialist, UK

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.

Roy Thompson MSc, CEng, MRINA.

Roy has been involved with the design of commercial ships, both large and small for more than forty years. He trained as a naval architect at University of Newcastle (1964-67). His first employment was in the hull design office with a major shipbuilder, designing various ship types, up to 250,000 tonnes deadweight at a time before electronic calculators and computer programs were available.His next appointment was in the design office of a much smaller shipyard, building tugs, fishing vessels and patrol boats.In mid-career, Roy spent fifteen years in the technical office of a prominent British ship-owner, whose fleet consisted of refrigerated cargo ships and container ships This office was also responsible for a subsidiary company, owning a fleet of offshore vessels and heavy lift vessels. Thus, during the first half of his career, Roy was directly and constantly involved with the hydrostatic and hydrodynamic aspects of various ship types.Roy’s career then continued for almost twenty years at American Bureau of Shipping, retiring as Managing Principal Engineer. Over these years he was responsible for hull plan approval and statutory approvals for a variety of ship types, both new construction and alterations to existing ships.Roy is now retired but remains active in the support of the RINA, and is a member of their IMO Committee. He is a RINA representative at the IMO meetings of the Marine Safety Committee and the Sub Committee on Ship Design and Construction.

Mike Wall, BSc MSc FIMarEST CMarTech AFNI QDR
Marine Consultant, Trainer & Author

Mike's experience has spanned most areas of shipping including seagoing service, teaching, ship management and marine surveying/consultancy. Having been a teacher for more than 40 years, Mike writes training modules for various shipping related diplomas and continues to give training seminars for shipping related organisations.