Who we are
We are a multi-disciplinary group of marine consultants, providing survey, consultancy and expert witness services to the marine industry. We currently have a total of twelve consultants, spanning the globe from our headquarters in central London, with representative offices in Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, Melbourne and Singapore,
The company in its present form dates from 2011; but we trace our lineage back to 1960, when Ken Abel joined forces with Commander Horace Vine in Antwerp to form Vine Abel.
Our consultants are all highly qualified in their disciplines. We have seven master mariners, most with command experience. One of our master mariners provides ongoing services to the maritime industry as a harbour pilot. Two other Masters have senior management experience up to director level, one as managing Director. We have four marine engineers, one with extensive senior management experience up to director level and one with additional qualifications in naval architecture. We also have one Maroff, trained in both deck and engineer disciplines. Two of us have Ph.Ds. We keep our qualifications up to date through CPD and training courses in modern technology, including (for example) ECDIS and Dynamic Positioning. While browsing this web site, please take the opportunity to scan the profiles and CVs on the People page; we believe they speak for themselves.
We have all spent time at sea, some of us 20 years and more. Between us, we have served on most ship types including general cargo carriers, heavy lift ships, tankers of all types, gas carriers, chemical carriers, refrigerated cargo ships, bulk carriers (including forest product vessels), containerships (big and small), car carriers, fishing vessels, passenger ships, ferries and passenger hovercraft.
Amongst the team we have qualified internal and external ISM and ISPS auditors who undertake both vessel and company audits.
We are small enough to be flexible but big enough to be able to call on each other for second opinions and cross-discipline perspective, offering strength and depth.
In addition to our core staff, we have a network of specialists who can be called upon to give support on points of detail, particular products and specialist calculation techniques, if required.
We are happy to visit potential clients and talk about aspects of the work we do. Please contact us if you would like one of our consultants to give a talk on any particular marine topic, either one-on-one or to a group, small or large. We specialise in making the esoteric comprehensible and the mundane interesting.