Ray Luukas, Chief Technical Officer

Raymond Luukas

Senior Partner, Chief Technical Officer (Marine Engineer)

+44 7770 440342



Ray Luukas is a chartered engineer with a First-Class Certificate of Competency and a B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree, First Class.  

His main surveying and consultancy experience is in hull and machinery surveys, including hull structural failures (bulkheads/side shell and framing) and main and auxiliary engine damages (crankcase explosions, scavenge fires, crankshaft/bearing failures, and contamination of fuel and lube oil systems).  

He also provides advice on a range of machinery and hull-related disputes, including machinery failures, new building and repair disputes, sale and purchase disputes.      

He has prepared technical reports and has given evidence as an expert witness at arbitrations and court hearings in the UK, Norway, Japan and USA.

Before becoming a marine surveyor, Ray was at sea for 14 years, serving in all ranks up to and including chief engineer.  

Professional Qualifications

WClass 1 Motor Certificate of Competency.

Class 2 Steam Certificate of Competency.

academic qualifications

1st Class B.Eng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree.

Professional Status and membership of professional bodies

Chartered Engineer.

Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers.

Fellow of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors.

Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Particular Surveying and Consultancy Experience

Hull and machinery surveys, including:

  • Collision damage

  • Electrical power failures.

  • Engine room fire and flooding investigations.

  • Grounding damage assessment.

  • Hull and machinery repairs, including preparation of specifications, inspections, assessment of costs, etc.

  • Main engine and boiler failure investigations.

  • Sterntube and shafting failures.


  • Condition Surveys

  • High-speed craft surveys, performance assessment and propulsion system failure investigations

  • New building disputes.

  • Personal injury.

  • Repair disputes.

Types of main and auxiliary engines:

  • B&W Alpha

  • B&W MAN

  • Caterpillar

  • Deutz

  • MAN

  • Mirrlees Blackstone

  • GM/Detroit Diesels

  • MTU, Ruston

  • Sulzer

  • Wartsila

  • Mitsui, Mitsubishi.