Kieran Dodworth Navel Architect at Brookes Bell

Kieran Dodworth

B(Eng) Hons 1st Class, PhD

Partner, Naval Architect

+44 7917 685777


Dr Kieran Dodworth has been with Safety at Sea– part of the Brookes Bell Group - since 2001 and was appointed as the Managing Director in 2009.

As a member of the board of directors with direct responsibility for the running of Safety at Sea, Kieran also uses his expertise in marine structure aero and hydro dynamics to develop both services for international clients.

Kieran’s substantial knowledge and experience has made his opinion much sought after, offering advice, reporting and writing articles on:

  • Non-linear dynamics of offshore structures

  • Vessel dynamics & Seakeeping

  • Line dynamics (moorings & risers)

  • Structural analysis

  • Hydrodynamics

  • Hull form and superstructure design

Advising clients, Kieran’s specialist knowledge has led to him becoming a respected expert witness, providing his expertise in a number of complex civil and criminal court cases and in arbitration. He has given evidence in arbitration hearings in London and in the US.

Providing a scientific approach to investigations and consultancy

With comprehensive experience Kieran investigates and consults with clients in respect of:

  • Strength analysis of damaged and as-designed structures

  • Critical defects and fatigue

  • Flooding rates and stability

  • Hydrodynamic performance and loads

Kieran and his team continually develop the company’s analysis capabilities to improve on the accuracy, cost and speed of analysis. He offers specialist insight into:

Offshore and in port

Structural failures of rigs and subsea structures

Risers, umbilicals and mooring chains

Mooring lines and vessel interaction

Pier damage

Crane failures

Pollution incidents following hull damage

Vessel analysis

Grounding and partial capsize – from fishing vessels to tankers

Vessel capsize and foundering (fishing vessels, car ferries, car carriers, tugs, AHV’s, dumb barges and bulk carriers)

Residual strength of merchant ships. hull failures

Cruise liner design and analysis for optimal aerodynamics

Accidental flooding

Rudder and roll stabilisation fins vibration and fatigue

Lashing failures and container stack collapse

Machinery component strength

Propeller selection and performance issues

Improving safety

Advising on fishing vessel stability and car ferries, Kieran helps improve safety for the marine authorities.

Kieran has provided technical input into Flag Administration investigations of serious incidents.


PhD "The Application of Potential Flow Theory to Damaged Hull Dynamics”

BEng. Hons (1st Class) Naval Architecture and Small Crafts

Member of Institute of Marine Engineers Scientists and Technologists (IMarEST)