Ian Anderson, Member of SCMS, IMarEST, YDSA, Dipl. Marine Surveying IBTC., Senior Associate

Ian has a seagoing Marine Engineer background, starting as a HND cadet in the subject, at Southampton, progressing through the ranks, over 28 years with P&O, to Engineer Superintendant with P&O Cruises fleet and finally to Technical Superintendent and Fleet Technical Manager.

A change of career in 2002 led to his appointment as East Division RNLI fleet Engineering Manager, obtaining Diplomas in Marine Survey for Lloyds Academy and obtained a "Distinction" in practical yacht surveying at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC).

Since that time Ian has built on these acquired skills, joined the YDSA, and SCMS. He was elected to the YDSA committee and served a 3 year term on it and has been a member of IMarEST for some 40 years.

In 2008 Ian started his own East Coast business ANDMarine Ltd., specializing in small commercial and private vessels, charter code survey work, insurance, cargo and pre-purchase work, a ll predominantly with steel built ships and barges, but also Ian has considerable experience with GRP yacht work and is a very valuable addition to the BMA team.

Now runs the "back office" for all BMA Associates from hims home in Felixstowe


Stefan Fritz, Dipl.-Ing., MCMS, Senior Associate

Stefan graduated from Stuttgart University with a Degree in Engineering (Dipl.- Ing.) and followed this with research studies at Brunel University UK in Manufacturing and Engineering systems.

On purchasing a vintage Dutch sailing barge, Stefan began to specialize in marine engineering generally and in particular the design, construction, repair and rebuild of steel vintage and modern classic vessels under sail and power.

This specialization led to proprietorship of boatyards on the River Thames, activities in marine surveying on joining BMA, and becoming qualified as a sailing barge charter skipper of off-shore international and coastal small vessels, together with expertise in traditional sailing rigs.

Stefan now concentrates, mostly, on surveying and lives on the Thames in a Dutch Sailing Tjalk, and is part owner and part-time skipper of a 32m square rig brigantine charter vessel.

He is licensed for BW/EA boat safety certificates (BSS) and carries out Tonnage Certification and other such examinations for the SCMS/ MCA certifying authorities. Stefan is a member and ex-director of the Dutch Barge Association and is a co-founder of the Sailing Barge Interest Group Section of that association.

He is a certificated Charter Barge Skipper, and much in demand delivering both motor & sail vintage vessels between Europe and UK.


David Pestridge, CEng, MSc, MA, MIMechE, MIIMS, MCMS, SCMS, Staff Surveyor

David trained originally as a mechanical engineer and after university graduation was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the British Army. During his service time David spent several years seconded to the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade in Devon. He had responsibility for delivering forward support and in-depth repair whilst ashore and afloat of all land vehicles, amphibious assault craft and logistic barges.

After 17 years commissioned service he re-trained as a Marine Surveyor and completed the Diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying, accredited by the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS), and set up White Hat Yacht Surveying Limited. His extensive service experience with Marine Craft and barges in the Marine Commando Brigade is much valued now in his work with Bowen Marine Associates.

In 2009 David was elected Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is registered as a Chartered Engineer, and is a Full Member of the IIMS. His varied expertise thus gained has been brought to his work with us at BMA to good effect. His wider experience with vintage wooden hulls and GRP structures is also now offered.

David has been an active sailor for over 20 years and has cruised and raced a wide variety of dinghies and yachts in the UK, Europe, Baltic and Caribbean. He holds the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification, has passed the Approved Engine Course and is STCW95 trained. He is currently restoring Puffin, a 1936 2.5 ton Hillyard wooden hulled yacht, and is based south of the River Thames.

For the last four year David has mainly surveyed Narrow Boats and Dutch Barges for BMA in and about West London.


Geoff Skinner, BSc., MSc., Dipl. Marine Surveying IBTC., Staff Surveyor

Geoff owns a Humber Keel moored in London. As a qualified surveyor and a graduate in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying from the International Boat Building College at Lowestoft, Geoff has logged well over 30,000 miles on his own and other sea-going yachts and his experience spans a very wide range of vessel type and boating activity.

Geoff has a BSc from Concordia University in Montreal and an MSc from LBS in London. After an international business career, he retrained to become a marine surveyor through intensive tutoring and apprenticeship with senior professionals from the YDSA and the IIMS. Geoff is a member of the BMSE and an affiliate of the YDSA. As well as working as an Associate with BMA, he currently runs his own survey business based in Lisbon, and is available at short notice for BMA work in France and southern Europe.

In addition to surveying of barges and steel vessels both in the UK and in France, Geoff has considerable experience with GRP and wooden sailing yachts. He has a diploma in GRP Lay-up and Fault Identification and a certificate in Yacht Design Theory from Southampton College and The International School of Yacht Design respectively. He is a qualified MCA Yacht Master, a RYA Keelboat Racing coach and a Sailing Instructor. As an avid sailor Geoff has participated in numerous in-shore and offshore racing campaigns including the Rolex Fastnet and Midsea races and skippered many cruising and delivery passages including voyages from Spain to Rome, London to St. Petersburg and Bermuda to New York.


Hugh Ellacott, BSc, MSc, Dipl. Marine Surveying IBTC., Staff Surveyor

Hugh has a science degree from the University of York. After a career in environmental consultancy, working for clients such as the Crossrail, Lafarge, the World Bank and Shell, he retrained to become a marine surveyor. Hugh has a diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying from the International Boat Building College at Lowestoft. He is a member of the YDSA inland waterways group that specialise in survey inland craft such as Dutch barges and narrowboats. Hugh is a member of the BMSE and an affiliate of the YDSA. As well as working as an Associate with BMA, he runs his own business, Isis Marine, surveying small craft, in the London region.

In addition to surveying of barges and steel vessels in the London region Hugh has considerable experience with wooden boats having owned and restored an eighty year old Broads Cruiser. He lived aboard this boat and other steel craft for a period of seven years. He has a certificate in Yacht Design Theory from Southampton College and The International School of Yacht Design.

Hugh joins BMA as a General Practitioner Associate, with specialist interest in vintage steel hulled small inland vessels, including a particular interest in Dutch Barges.


John Bowen, CEng, Fellow SCMS, Fellow IMarEST, Retired Principal Associate

John founded the beginnings of BMA in 1984 after a long career in the Royal Navy as a sea-going Marine Engineer, Designer and Warship build overseer, during which he rose to the rank of Captain, RN. On leaving the RN, he firstly owned a wharf and dry dock on the Grand Union Canal in the Midlands and subsequently moved to Malthouse Wharf in Brentford, living on, and cruising in, his own Dutch Barge, both in the Thames area and France.

After a Marine Surveying and Consultancy "second career" spanning some 30 years specializing in vintage steel vessels, John has now retired from "active service" with BMA. He maintains a strong interest in Vintage Thames Spritsail vessels on the East Coast. He is available on a mentoring and informal consultancy basis from his home in Suffolk by the River Orwell.