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 Expert  728575

Expert in Naval Architecture: Commercial High-Speed Craft and Small Craft

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United Kingdom
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Since 1979 Expert has been actively involved in research into the stability of various marine vehicle types and the development of associated regulations and standards.

Since 1990 he has been convenor of International Standards Organisation Working Group ISO/TC188/WG22 which developed ISO 12217 - the first comprehensive set of stability and buoyancy requirements for small craft up to 24m length, whether propelled by hand, power or sail.

Since 1992 he has participated at the International Maritime Organisation on behalf of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency in the development of new and revised intact and stability requirements.

He has acted as consultant to the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency regarding stability aspects of small commercial craft and commercial high-speed craft, including managing a suite of five substantial research projects on their behalf.

He has developed requirements for DefStan 02-109 Part 2 (Stability requirements for unconventional craft) for the UK Procurement Directive of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Since graduating in 1968 Expert has been actively involved in the design and development of the following types of high-speed craft: commercial ferries and small warships using the following concepts: monohull, catamaran, amphibious hovercraft, sidewall hovercraft (also known as surface-effect ships), SWATH (small waterplane area twin hull craft).

Since 1991 he has been actively involved in the development at the International Maritime Organisation of the Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft as consultant to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, chairing working and correspondence groups in relation to intact and damaged stability.


stability prediction


naval architecture


high-speed marine transportation

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1968   BSc   Naval Architecture & Shipbuilding   University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1986 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





He is an independent consultant naval architect.

1990 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





He is one of two founder directors, providing independent consulatncy in naval architecture and marine engineering.

1978 to 1986


Vosper Hovermarine Ltd


Research & Development


Senior Project Engineer


He was a senior engineer responsible for undertaking complete model test programmes and using the data to develop new designs of sidewall hovercraft (SES).

1972 to 1977


Vosper Thornycroft PLC


Forward Design Department


Ship Designer


Naval architecture pre-contract design of patrol craft and mine-countermeasures vessels in response to sales enquiries, leading to contract design documents.

1969 to 1972


Vosper Thornycroft PLC


Ship Design Office


Ship Designer


He was responsible for detailed design of aspects of the design of gas turbine frigates and of mine-countermeasures vessels built in glass reinforced plastic.

1965 to 1969


John I. Thornycroft Ltd



Technical Apprentice


Career Accomplishments:

He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (FRINA) and member of the Hovercraft Society.

He is a member of the following RINA Committees: - chair of the High-Speed Vessel Committee - member of Safety Committee - member of Small Craft Committee


He is a European Engineer (EurIng), and Chartered Engineer in the UK (CEng),

Professional Appointments

He is: - convenor of International Standards Organisation Working Group 22 (Small craft - stability assessment and categorisation) - member of British Standards Institution GME/33 (Small craft)


Bronze medal of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects for a paper he wrote and published in this field.

Publications and Patents Summary

He has presented 27 technical papers over the period 1986 to 2006.

Government Experience:
Agency   Role   Description
HM Customs & Excise   Consultant   He undertook a series of projects relating to the procurement of inspection cutters and small craft.
Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland   Consultant   He provides marine technical expertise to the department responsible for operating local ferries, including procurement of new vessels.
Procurement Executive opf the UK Ministry of Defence   Consultant   Development of stability standards for unconventional naval craft
UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency   Consultant   He has provided expertise in high-speed craft and small commercial craft

Consulting Services:
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has acted as expert witness in two legal cases relating to the design and operation of commercial high-speed ferries, one case of civil litigation relating to the loss of a small power driven boat, and one criminal prosecution for manslaughter in the case of a river boat which capsized causing one fatality.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1987 to 1993   Sweden   He acted as specialist consultant in conducting extensive model test programmes for SSPA Maritime Consulting SPA for their international clientele.
1990 to   World-wide   As convenor of International Standards Organisation TC188/Working Group 22 he has led technical meetings in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, USA.
1992 to 2008   World-wide   Through participation at the International Maritime Organisation, he has played an active part in the development of international regulations for commercial high-speed craft.
1990 to 1993   Italy   He has provided consultancy to an Italian shipbuilder in the development of the design of high-speed passenger/vehicle ferries.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   He is native-born Englishman.

Additional Skills and Services:

He has delivered the following commercial training courses: - naval architecture of high-speed craft - IMO Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft.

He has conducted seminars on assessing the stability and buoyancy of small craft up to 24m length for the British Marine Federation.

Other Skills and Services

He has undertaken ship procurement consultancy for: - UK HM Customs & Excise - Department for Regional Development in Northern Ireland - Government of the Island of Sark in the UK Channel Islands.

He has developed regulations and standards in aspects of naval architecture not previously addressed.


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