Newman Giles Paines & Company Ltd.

Captain NIC PAINES - Director

Nic’s CV (PDF)


UK Master Mariner Class1 (Foreign Going); Associate Fellow of Nautical Institute; Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners; Fellow of Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors;  Fellow of British Association of Cargo Surveyors; Member of ICHCA International Security Panel; Certificate as Maritime Assessor / Lead Assessor (ISM); Certificate of Company Security Officer (ISPS). ECDIS Certificate (MCA approved). Supporting Member LMAA

Sailed as Master in bulk carriers and forest product carriers, also has sea going experience in general cargo vessels, reefer vessels, heavy lift vessels, ferries and hovercraft. Worked as Marine General Manager with Dutch owners, Managing Director and Marine Superintendent of a ship management company, compiled and implemented both ISM and ISPS codes for all managed vessels.

Marine consultant and expert witness from 1986 to 1995 and since 2004. Arbitrator and Expert Determinator.


Captain PETER GILES – Associate

Peter’s CV (PDF)


UK Master Mariner Class 1 (Foreign Going); B.Sc. (Tech) (Hons) in Maritime Studies from University of Wales, Cardiff; Member Royal Institution of Naval Architects; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Armac Award); Member of the Nautical Institute; Member of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors; has passed the Law Society Common Professional Examination; Certificate as Maritime Assessor/Lead Assessor (ISM/ISO 9001). Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member of the Baltic Exchange.

Sea-going experience in tankers, bulk carriers, reefer vessels, cargo/passenger ships and general cargo vessels, up to and including the rank of Master. Marine Superintending experience with tankers, reefers and bulk carriers. Ship operations and shipbroking experience. Has worked in the legal/claims department of a leading ship operator in London.

Marine consultant and expert witness since 1995. Arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator in maritime disputes.



Brian’s CV (PDF)


UK Master Mariner Class 1 (Foreign Going); Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Seagoing experience in general cargo, palletised and container vessels, bulk carriers, passenger ships and ice breakers up to the rank of Chief Officer.

Supercargo supervising palletised, containerised and break-bulk cargoes. Forensic meteorology in analysis of speed and consumption claims and historic weather data.

Marine consultant, surveyor and expert witness since 1982, including management of a European network of surveyors. Since joining NGP, his principal activities have been in ship performance (including effects of weather and fouling), cargo stowage and damage, ship collision and grounding and personal injury cases.


Captain NATHAN MILLS - Associate

Nathan’s CV (PDF)


UK Master Mariner Unlimited (Foreign Going) with Dangerous Cargo and LNG endorsements. Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute; Associate of the Chartered Quality Institute. Advanced Fire-Fighting and Damage Control Certificates. ISO 9001 Lead Auditor. ISO 9001 Internal Auditor. Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

24 years’ experience in the marine industry. Sailed as Staff Captain on cruise ships and Chief Officer on cruise ships and Ro-Ro ferries. Deck Officer on break-bulk cargo ships, gas carriers, product and chemical tankers. Experience as operations manager, cargo superintendent, port captain and marine surveyor, including marine accident and cargo damage investigations.

Marine consultant from 2005 - 2008 and since 2015.


Captain SIMON BROWNE - Associate

Simon’s CV (PDF



UK Master Mariner Class 1 (Foreign Going). Certificates for Dynamic Positioning Operator, ECDIS – MCA approved, Ship Security Officer ISPS and Electronic Chart Systems / Safe Pilot – Trainer. Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Member of the Royal Institute of navigation, UK Maritime Pilots Association, Association of Marine and Electronic Colleges.

22 years seagoing experience up to the rank of master on Supply Vessels and Anchor handling ships, including 5 years command experience in anchor handling, pre-lay and split moorings, Torpedo anchoring systems and Dynamic Positioning Operations; also vessel upgrades and budget control.

5 years experience as harbour pilot for a UK pilotage authority, including pilot authorisation examinations. Consultant providing training to marine students. Authorised Examiner.

Associate with NGP since 2017, General marine consultancy, specialising in pilotage and unsafe port claims.



Mark’s CV (PDF)


UK Master Mariner Class 1 (Foreign Going, Unlimited, Current). HND Nautical Science, Warsash Maritime Academy. Tanker Safety Endorsement. External / Internal ISM / ISPS MLC Auditor.

Member of the International Association of Marine Consultants and Surveyors.

RFA Fleet Technical Superintendent for 3 years including tanker expertise/compliance, MARPOL training and pre-SIRE OCIMF inspections, pre-refit material assessments and quality assurance.

7 years as a Marine Surveyor undertaking Flag Administration compliance surveys (Marshall Islands, Malta, Barbados), P&I Club condition surveys. PMSC gap analysis and appointment as the Designated Person for some major UK ports.

Marine Consultant since 2015, including P&I casualty and condition surveys and Flag Administration compliance surveys. Pre-purchase and condition inspections. 2017.


Dr JOHN MEDHURST - Consultant

John’s CV (PDF)



B.Sc in Marine Engineering, Ph.D in Naval Architecture, qualified Solicitor (non-practising). Chartered Marine Engineer. European Engineer (FEANI). Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST), Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (former Council Member). Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Member of the Academy of Experts. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Arbitrator, Member LCIA, Aspiring Full Member LMAA, SCMA (Singapore) Panel Arbitrator.

8 years in maritime law, solicitor with 3 years pqe, specialising in collision, salvage and technical disputes

B.Sc. in marine engineering sandwiched with shipbuilding experience on the Tyne. Quality Control Engineer; Engineering Installation Manager. Engineer officer with Blue Star Line on reefers and container ships.

Industrially funded research with International Marine Coatings / Newcastle University Ship Performance Group on the effects of surface roughness on ship performance, leading to a Ph.D in 1989.

Marine consultant and expert witness from 1985 to 1991 and since 1994, in engineering and naval architecture. Specialises in providing technical assistance where mathematical and computing analysis is required.

Arbitrator (including Expert Determinations) since 2001 with experience in ship and offshore newbuilding and conversion, sale & purchase and technical charterparty disputes, as party appointed, chairman and sole arbitrator.



Steve’s CV (PDF)



Marine Engineer; First Class Motor Certificate of Competency with Dangerous Cargo Endorsement for liquid petroleum gas (LPG).

Seagoing experience progressing in all ranks up to and including Chief Engineer, on LPG tankers.

Superintendent Engineer, rising to Fleet Manager, managing LPG tankers, crude oil tankers, product carriers, bulk carriers, general cargo vessels and reefer vessels.

Director of a fleet of reefer vessels.

Independent consultant since 2007 with extensive technical and commercial experience, responsible for commercial performance, technical superintendency, vessel and cargo surveys, investigating and repairing machinery failures, arranging and supervising drydockings, evaluating port and container security projects and performing lay-up projects.

Consultant engineer and surveyor with Newman Giles / Newman Giles Paines since 2010. Expert witness in arbitration and mediation.


Dr Eng CESAR ESPONA- Associate (Argentina)

Cesar’s CV (PDF)



Graduate Marine and Naval Engineer; Ph.D in Thermodynamics and Lawyer. Argentine Professional Naval Engineering Council Member; Registered Marine and Naval Surveyor, Argentine Coast Guard.

Ship repair and seagoing experience as Engineer. Extensive project engineering and superintendent experience including ships, ports and harbours. Senior manager in ship repair and operations, including fisheries, reefer ships and dredgers, to Managing Director level.

Independent superintendent and surveyor in Argentina, Brazil, Uraguay and Chile, including claims handling, litigation support and dispute resolution. Covering a wide range of survey work including hull, machinery and P&I, pre-purchase and on/off hire and cargo loading.


Ing JOAQUIN ESPONA- Associate (Argentina)

Joaquin’s CV (PDF)



Graduate Industrial Engineer, National University of Argentina, 2018.

Surveyor, consultant and technical assistant with Newman Giles Paines in Buenos Aires since 2013, initially undert the tutelage of Dr Ing C Espona (see above(). Now carrying out survey work unsupervised.

Activities include surveying and drydock inspections, inclusing for major European clients, ship risk assessment, reviewing technical data and carrying out calculations. Handling claims and litigation support.


Captain CLAUDIO ARCAGNI - Associate (Argentina)

Claudio’s CV (PDF)


Master Mariner, Law graduate with additional qualifications in Notarial and Navigation law. Practising Lawyer (Argentina). Registered Marine Surveor.

Seagoing experience as deck officer on general cargo vessels. Tankers, bulk carriers, multi-purpose ships and fishing vessels up to the rank of Master.

Marine consultant and practicing lawyer in Argentina since 1995. Former Prefect in the Argentine Naval Prefecture. Adviser to Argentine regulatory bodies on navigation law, foreign trade, port engineering, environmental issues and river traffic management. Senior management experience of setting up oil pollution prevention organisation.

Independent marine surveyor and Newman Giles Paines Associate in Argentina working in association with Dr C├Ęsar Espona.


MATTHIJS POST - Associate (Netherlands)

Matthijs’ CV (PDF)



Maritime Officer (MAROFF - dual education Deck Officer / Engineer) B.Sc, HR&O, Rotterdam.

VCA safety certification. Certificate of Company Security Officer (ISPS).

Member of the Royal Dutch Association of Engineers in Shipping. Member of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors.

Seagoing experience in reefer ships.

Ten years experience in ship management in the Netherlands and Greece, including operations, technical management and as superintendent, including claims handling. Management of bulk carriers, general cargo and RoRo vessels.

Marine Consultant / Independent Surveyor since 2011, handling damage claims, risk assessment and a wide range of survey work.


Captain PATRICK ELLABY- Associate (Australia)

Patrick’s CV (PDF)



Master Mariner Class 1 (Foreign Going) with Dangerous Cargo Endorsement for Petroleum Products and Liquid Gas. Port Facility Security Officer (ISPS).

Member of the Company of Master Mariners of Australia.

Sailed as Master / Chief Officer in combination carriers, containerships, refrigerated cargo ships and as Staff Captain of a cruise ship.

Seagoing experience in tankers (up to ULCC), LNG carriers, bulk carriers, combination carriers, forest products and general cargo vessels.

Extensive experience (21 years) as an Operations Manager for a shipping company, including General Manager experience with a major stevedoring company, responsible for all aspects of operations, business planning and safety including claims handling, P&I, insurance and chartering liaison; more recently as a Port Facilities Manager, cargo surveying and supervising heavy lift operations.

Marine Consultant / Independent Surveyor since 2014. Representative of Newman Giles Paines in Oceania since 2016, based in Melbourne.


BRIAN DIAS - Associate (Singapore)

Brian’s CV (PDF)



Marine Engineer; Class 1 Motor Certificate of Competency, Singapore 2005 (current revalidated) with Indian CDC. ISO 9001:2008 ICRA approved Lead Auditor. Ship Security Officer (ISPS Code). Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India).

Seagoing experience (20 years) progressing in all ranks up to and including Chief Engineer, on chemical tankers, crude and product oil tankers, bulk carriers, car carriers and containerships.

Assistant technical manager with a major Singapore operator; health safety and environment monitoring, co-ordination of vetting inspections, internal advice.

Consultant surveyor since 2009 with extensive experience of casualty survey work, vetting and condition inspections, advice on claims (H&M, P&I, cargo, lawyers), preparation of expert reports, drydocking supervision and repair costs

Consultant engineer and surveyor with Newman Giles Paines since 2017, based in Singapore.


We are able to draw upon the resources of associates with specialised skills, should the need arise.