Marine Consultant, Engineer
Bernard spent the first 18 years of his career with Shell Tankers rising from indentured apprentice to Chief Engineer, during which he served on steam turbine and diesel motor driven vessels, including ULCC’s, and also served on LNG tankers as a junior engineer and later as Cargo Officer, with the latter role involving the loading and discharging of the cargo as well as the maintenance of all cryogenic equipment. Bernard was involved in numerous dry dockings and repairs and also the retrofitting of crude oil washing and inert gas systems and upgrading generating capacity.
Bernard has also served on a Ro-Ro vessel and a banana carrying reefer ship all of which were powered by Pielstick engines, after which he was engaged as technical manager of a shipping company, where his work included developing all management and operating systems for the new venture, and dry docking the company’s vessels and supervising re-engining projects for two vessels.
Between 1985 and 1986, Bernard also undertook instructions in the Caribbean as a Consultant Surveyor for the Jacksonville office of The Salvage Association. After a further two years at sea as Chief Engineer, Bernard was engaged as a marine consultant surveyor with a British owned marine consultancy in Piraeus starting in 1989, working in countries around the Mediterranean and in the Arabian Gulf, prior to joining Andrew Moore & Associates Ltd., in Hong Kong, in 1996.
His work has included Hull and Machinery damage surveys and investigations including fires, collisions, groundings and sinkings. Oil pollution control and mitigation Speed & Angle of Blow Investigations. Speed & Consumption – Non-performance disputes. Feasibility and Risk analysis. Dry and Liquid Cargo Damage Surveys. Bunker quality and quantity surveys. LPG/LNG, petroleum products and crude oils. On/Off Hire surveys, towage approval, fixed and floating structure damage evaluation. Pre-purchase inspections, condition surveys of vessels for P & I Clubs and Financial Institutions. Risk Assessments of vessels for charterers. General and Particular Average claims with Average Adjusters. Consultancy on Refrigeration plant. Salvage/Refloating in Greece, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Preparation of Expert reports in relation to the foregoing, for use in Arbitration and Litigation proceedings and giving evidence as expert witness in same. Appointed to the Hong Kong Justice Department Court Users Appraisal & Sale Sub-committee.