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Superyacht owners, captains, designers and shipyards ask us what it is we can do for them to meet their very specific needs. They want to know how our 100+ years in the marine industry applies to improving their superyacht and how we can help when things go wrong. We have been asked all sorts of questions, here are our answers.

 

I already have a design team working on my new build project. How can Brookes Bell offer anything that my designers have not already got covered?

Brookes Bell work with your design team to make sure that the innovation and imagination, which is paramount in superyacht design, can still be achieved while conforming to regulatory compliance.


We are a management company working with a new build project. We can see that there might be some issues heading our way. At what stage do Brookes Bell get involved? Also how do they fit in with the shipyard and design teams?

The earlier you get in touch with us the better. Depending on what the issue is, we can appoint the right expert to assist you, your design team and/or the shipyard.


Is it really possible to have state of the art designs without coming up against issue from Class and Flag?

Brookes Bell has accumulated significant experience in the assessment of alternative design and arrangements in accordance with the provisions of SOLAS and the respective IMO guidelines. Our expertise in design risk analysis, operational ship safety and ability to undertake engineering analysis in a multitude of disciplines allows us to provide efficient and robust input to the design team, when evaluating deviations from prescriptive requirements on behalf of ship designers, builders, owners or equipment manufacturers.


I'm a superyacht captain and my superyacht is due for a refit next year. I have a number of points where I think she could be improved. Would I need to get hold of Brookes Bell now? What are the timescales involved?

Our highly trained in-house experts are always on hand to give advice where needed. You may find that by engaging us early and allowing us to liaise with your design team and shipyard from the start can prevent problems from occurring.


Is it possible to see more examples of propulsion hydronamics? I like the idea of making my yacht more efficient and increasing performance.

Yes, please get in touch and we can put you in contact with our team of naval architects who can run simulations and assess the efficiency and performance of your yacht.


I've owned my superyacht for a WHILE, why would I need a risk assessment now?

A risk assessment at any stage of a superyacht’s lifecycle could highlight issues that may only become apparent in a casualty situation.


I really like the idea of having a group of independent experts on hand that I can turn to if there is a problem when I am using my boat or when It is in refit. How does it work?

Using our in-house experts as part of a multi-disciplinary team means that you get highly skilled people working together to remedy your problem quickly and efficiently.


I have a 1 year old, 65 metre boat. I am disappointed about the EXPERIENCE on deck. On a couple of occasions the wind swirling around the strucTure has been quite UNPLEASANT and that's not what I signed up for. Can Brookes Bell help?

We are industry-leading experts in providing elevated levels of outdoor comfort and have designed some of the most innovative wind control measurer is the passenger vessel industry – transferable skills that we bring to superyachting.


We have repetitive bearing failures on an 85m motor yacht. neither the manufacturer or shipyard seem to want to explain the issue. Can Brookes Bell help?

Working together as part of a multidisciplinary team, our in-house marine engineers, metallurgist and if required, non-destructive testing experts, can forensically investigate the bearing and determine the cause of the failure.


I am looking to purchase an existing hull to reconfigure and upgrade. Can Brookes Bell help me assess the condition of the hull structure and inspect materials and weld quality?

Our industry leading in-house experts can carry out condition surveys on all types of hull and working together with our non-destructive testing engineers can inspect the materials and weld quality.


A fire in the laundry has caused damage to the surrounding areas. Can Brookes Bell give me an independent assessment of a) the cause and b) the actual extent of the damage?

Our fire investigators work quickly to determine the cause of the fire and working with our surveyors can accurately detail the extent of the damage.


We have signs of cracking around the base of the boat crane. Can Brookes Bell analyse the structure and test the condition of materials to check if it is just a coatings failure or something more alarming?

Our in-house non-destructive testing engineers would be able to scan the damaged area to assess the underlying cause of the damage.


We are a management company tasked with overseeing the construction of a motor yacht with a very complex interior layout. Can Brookes Bell help us with the risk analysis, evacuation and the safety & security aspects?

Our team of naval architects and software engineers use Brookes Bell’s in-house evacuation software EVI to carry out advanced evacuation analysis. Our evacuation software conforms to the definition of advanced evacuation analysis in IMO MSC\Circ.1533 & SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 13-7.4.

Our safety consultants also have extensive experience in FMEA/FMECA reliability & safety assessments of key operational & safety systems on board various types of vessels.


I am an interior designer working on a very large yacht project. I am struggling to find my way around the bulkhead requirements of SOLAS as they clash with the owner's requested layout. Can Brookes Bell help with an alternative design solution to still meet with compliance?

Our naval architects have significant experience in the assessment of alternative design arrangements in accordance with the provisions of SOLAS and the respective IMO guidelines. Our expertise in design risk analysis, operational ship safety and our ability to undertake engineering analysis in a multitude of disciplines allows us to provide efficient and robust input to the design team, when evaluating deviations from prescriptive requirements on behalf of ship designers, builders, owners or equipment manufacturers.


I have received the design details for a new 105m motor yacht. Can Brookes Bell review the systems layout and specification of equipment and materials?

Yes, our experts will work together as a multi-disciplinary team to review each section of the specification relevant to their discipline and produce one report detailing our conclusions.


 

{ Ask us anything }

If you have a question please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help. Discretion is everything so we handle all enquiries, claims and project details with the utmost discretion.

 
 
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{ Glossary }

Superyacht owners, captains, designers, engineers and shipyards want to know that we know our stuff. Our services involve a great deal of specialist scientific and technical expertise.

 

Forensic engineering

We carry out all manner of superyacht hull and machinery damage assessments, repair specification review, tender analysis and repair cost summary.  

We have a wide range of experience in different cases, including newbuild construction, quality and fabrication disputes, technical consultancy in relation to weld repair and inspection techniques, damage to vessel structures, identification of cracks and failure mechanisms (i.e. weld/construction defects), forensic engineering and failure investigation and corrosion analysis and advice on corrosion prevention/protection.


Metallurgy & inspection facilities

Metallurgy is a branch of science and engineering relating to the study of metals and materials. By understanding the fundamental behaviour of metals, our metallurgists can determine how a component or structure should react in a given environment or under certain mechanical loads.   We can accommodate large and heavy samples and have the facilities to carry out high magnification inspection and analysis. These samples can then be stored at our lab following formal custody transfer procedures, so that they are available for further third party examination and testing, if required.

We can, at our inspection centre, carry out fractographic analysis on a wide range of samples and components. We have our own microscope suite for close up examination and photography of damaged components and can accommodate large and heavy samples and have access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) which can be used for high magnification inspection and analysis.

Our metallurgical facilities allow samples, including large items such as sections of propulsion shafting, crankshafts/bearings, crane wires, etc., to be stored following formal custody transfer procedures, so that they are available for further examination and testing jointly with other experts.


Non-destructive Testing Consultancy & Technical Management

Non-destructive testing (NDT) is the scientific process of inspecting, testing, or evaluating materials, components or assemblies for discontinuities, or differences in characteristics without compromising its functionality.   Our Level 3 non-destructive engineer advises on all aspects of condition assessment surveys, forensic investigations and latent defect identification. We offer reporting of the highest standard and can provide consultancy and procedure review for non-destructive services.

Our NDT services include Level 3 Consultancy & Technical Management, Dye Penetrant Inspection, Particle Inspection, Ultrasonic Inspection, Advanced Non-destructive Techniques (Phased Array and Time-of-Flight Diffraction, Automated and Semi automated Corrosion Mapping), Advanced eddy current and electromagnetic solutions for the inspection of critical components and assets (heat exchange & small bore tubing).