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Ian Biles

Master Mariner & Naval Architect


Ian is the Managing Director of Maritime Services International. He has over 30 years of maritime experience ranging from various marine vessels to salvage and naval architecture. He was engaged by Shell International Marine in 1988 as a Naval Architect where he conducted Design evaluation of double hull tanker and supervise the building of a new LNG ship. Ian began his own marine surveying and consultancy business in 1992, offering technical advice and services to Owners, Operators, Managers, Banks and Insurance Companies in both the leisure and commercial marine sectors.

He was previously involved with numerous accident and incident investigations including grounding damage, fire damage, collision damage (ships and fixed and floating objects), personal accident and injury, and professional negligence. He developed a Risk Management Programme together with a London based Underwriter specifically for large yachts which has carried out risk management reviews of over 400 different superyachts with Ian having personally carried out over 100 of these. Ian has been closely involved with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors being elected President in 1999.

He has lectured on the subject of marine Incident Investigation in both the UK and abroad with all of the Institute’s education and training activities and up until December 2008 he was the Institutes Education and Training Director and the Course Director for the Diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying. In 2005 Ian developed the Diploma Course in Superyacht Operations in association with the Professional Yachtsman's Association and went on to develop a range of other training and distance learning courses with the Maritime Training Academy. Ian is also widely published in the Marine Survey industry including Practices, Investigation and Training Manuals to name but a few.