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The potted biographies of the 3 main associates of our company, Stefan, David and Ian, can be found on our Team page.
BMS started life as owners and operators of a boatyard and dry dock on the Grand Union Canal (GUC) at Bridge 60 in 1984. Canal vessels of every sort, size and material were serviced, repaired and docked there. Surveying these and many other vessels elsewhere together with participation in the "start up" of the original voluntary BW Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) were both developed at this time.
A fleet of coal carrying Narrow Boats was operated in conjunction with South Midland Water Transport and Narrow Boat shells supplied by Colecraft were built up and outfitted to customers bespoke requirements.
The business was relocated in 1996 to our original Malthouse Wharf site at Thames Lock at the entrance to the GUC. A decision made then to concentrate mainly on surveying small steel hulled vessels up to 45 metres O/A was prompted by the purchase of a 1912 Dutch Motor Barge for restoration. On completion, John then lived on and cruised in it for 12 years in U/K and Europe. On his retirement the "back office" for BMS was moved to Suffolk, East Coast.
Being located near an active Dutch Barge repair and restoration yard in Brentford (MSO Marine), enabled us to develop a deep expertise in early riveted iron and steel hulls. Surveying these vintage vessels, together with associated marine engineering investigations, has become our main line of business both in U/K and throughout Europe.
Stefan brings particular further expertise on vintage barge sailing rigs and equipment, and also enables us to offer barge deliveries Europewide, both sail and motor.
As part of our advocates membership of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors,(SCMS), YDSA and IIMS we can offer Charter Code Examination, Tonnage Certification, Part I Registration up to 24 metres O/A and we also offer BW/EA Boat Safety Scheme examinations.