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,
STEEL BUILT SHIPS and DUTCH BARGES, but also Ian has considerable
experience with GRP yacht work and is a very valuable addition to the BMS team.
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
On purchasing a "Live-aboard" 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.
Stefan became qualified as a Marine Surveyor and joined BMS to concentrate on vintage
steel vessel surveys, living in his own vintage Dutch sailing barge on the River Thames.
In the course of this activity he has become qualified as a sailing vessel charter
skipper of coastal barges and an expert on traditional vintage barge sailing rigs.
He is now part owner of a square rigged Brigantine charter vessel. sailing mostly during
the summer in Scottish waters.
When not skippering either his own home barge or the Brigantine, Stefan is in much demand
as a delivery skipper for barges bound between U/K and Europe.
David Pestridge, CEng, MSc, MA, MIMechE, MIIMS, MCMS, SCMS, Staff Surveyor
David graduated originally from university as a mechanical engineer and
served for 17 years as an officer in the Army Corps of Royal Electrical
and Mechanical Engineers ("REME").
During his Army service he became a Marine Engineer in charge of the landing
craft, logistic barges. and other marine assets of the Royal Marine Commando
Brigade. On leaving the service David trained as a marine surveyor with the
International Institute of Marine Surveyors (MIIMS), became a Chartered
Engineer (MIMech E), and then starting "White Hat Yacht Surveys" in 2008.
He is an keen "Offshore" yacht skipper with many years experience, owning
his own sailing vintage woodhulled vessel, and offers survey services for
sailing vessels through his own business.
David joined the BMS team in 2013 to offer his professional expertise in steel
barges of all sorts, and, particularly, his familiarity with diesel engines and
allied machinery. He has been engaged for the last 6 years to very good effect
covering our involvement with Canal and River Craft, particularly BARGES,
("Wide Beam", "Dutch", "Narrow Boats", "Houseboats" and small steel hulled
ships in general).
Richard Thompson, BSc (Eng), Grad IIMS
Richards lifelong sailing interests on the East Coast, particularly regarding
Thames Sailing Barge matches, local to our Pin Mill office, brought him into
the BMS group of engineering based Marine Surveyors.
His engineering carrier started with work designing and building mobile cranes,
often seen in UK boatyards.
After joining “Thames Yachting Consultancy” Richard moved on to train as a marine
surveyor with the YDSA and IIMS. On graduating, he started his own marine survey
busines, catering for all hull types and materials, but with a focus on steel
hulled barges and canal craft.
Currently Richard owns and sails a Beneteau 36
yacht base on the River Orwell at Wolverstone.
John Bowen, CEng, Fellow SCMS, Fellow IMarEST, Retired Principal Associate
John founded the beginnings of BMS 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"
He maintains a strong interest in Vintage Thames Spritsail vessels on the East Coast.
In retirement John now runs the point of contact "back office" for the four remaining
independent specialist surveyors listed above.