The Ship Inspection Department supervises and co-ordinates the activities of the five ship inspectors and controls the condition surveys which are carried out (by independent surveyors) under the Club's Rules. The ship inspectors travel worldwide in order to carry out their tasks. Permanent bases are maintained in Rotterdam and Singapore. All the Ship Inspectors are qualified QA Lead Assessors and are familiar with the requirements of the ISM Code.

Department fax : +44 20 7283 6517

Nigel Carden

Deputy Chairman

Nigel Carden
work +44 20 7204 2147
cell +44 7887 822 688

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Nigel joined Thomas Miller in 1981, working in a claims syndicate for members from Japan, Greece, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He became a Director of Thomas Miller P&I in 1986, a Syndicate Manager in 1990, and was elected to the Thomas Miller partnership in 1994. Other areas of responsibility over the years have included UK Club's Rules and Bye-Laws, Environmental Liability, Claims Policy, recommendations on Club Policy in relation to numerous industry issues, Loss Prevention, Captive Reinsurance, and more recently the 2012/13 re-structuring of the UK Club.  

He has been Deputy Chairman of the UK Club’s P&I management operation since September 2004.

Nigel represents the UK Club at IG Managers’ meetings, has served on many International Group (IG) sub-committees, and has represented the IG at many international meetings. He currently chairs the IG’s Ships' Standards subcommittee, Maritime Security sub-committee, and LNG working group. He is a former director of ITOPF and a current trustee of its pension scheme.


Captain David Nichol

Risk Assessor

Captain David Nichol
work +44 7467 330 782

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David is a Master Mariner joining Thomas Miller in June 2014, after gaining a wealth of experience both at sea and ashore. After leaving the sea, he was employed as a claims manager with a Piraeus based P&I correspondent for 2 years before joining a well-respected and busy marine surveying consultancy in Greece. In 1997, David established his own marine consultancy, with the majority of work being P&I related. From 2010 until joining Thomas Miller, he was employed as a claims executive with another Group P&I Club, handling a wide variety of P&I and FD&D claims as well as being actively involved in their Loss Prevention initiatives.

David travels worldwide carrying out shipboard risk assessments, promoting the activities of the loss prevention department, speaking at seminars and is a regular contributor to the Hellas Highlights publication.


Captain Chris Roberts

Senior Risk Assessor

Captain Chris Roberts
work +44 20 7204 2307

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Chris joined Thomas Miller in March 2001, after a long seagoing career in all types of tankers. 
Joined Shell Tankers in 1969 as cadet and sailed with them until 1977 rising to Second Officer, then joined Silver Line (V.Ships UK) and sailed in Chemical Tankers and LPG vessels.

 
From 1983 until December 2000 he served as master for V Ships in LPG, Chemical and Product carriers, including 1 special OBO. 


Chris is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a qualified Lead Auditor for ISM.


Tony Watson, Chief Engineer

Risk Assessor

Tony Watson, Chief Engineer

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Tony joined Thomas Miller as a Ship Inspector. After passing a degree in Marine Engineering and becoming Chief Engineer, he came ashore as Superintendent and then Marine Surveyor / Consultant.


Captain Markus Westphal

Risk Assessor

Captain Markus Westphal
cell 07880105213

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Markus Westphal joined Thomas Miller in 2014 as a Risk Assessor. He previously worked on general cargo vessels, bulk carriers and container vessels, rising to the rank of Master in 2000. As a junior officer, Markus served on salvage tugs and was involved in several salvage operations off the South African coast as well as the development of the Mossgas project off Mosselbay.

During his time at Safmarine, Markus was involved with the introduction of the ISM code as well as the ISPS code, his vessels being audited externally and internally.


Hilary Max

Administrative & Secretarial Assistant

Hilary Max
work +44 20 7204 2092

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