Our Team


Capt. John Tirel

London, UK
UK Phone:
+44 7747 215 700 
US Phone:
+1 843 271 7070  

Director and Principal Surveyor of AMA Inc., Captain John Tirel comes with 34 years' experience in marine surveying, consulting, claims, and expert and factual witness services, and has served in senior management positions for the past 16 years. He has been involved in numerous load-outs on varying types of vessels and barges under tow, all manner of P&I investigations, H&M casualties, and wreck removal. In addition, he brings extensive experience with container securing equipment, stowage, and stowage collapse of both general and containerized cargoes; investigations into stevedore and passenger injury cases, and fixed and floating structure damage; oil spillage and oil cargo contamination; and unsafe port / berth interactions and passing vessel wake issues. He has provided representation in General Average cases and charter party disputes, and has carried out condition, lay-up and JH surveys. 




Atlantic Marine Associates Inc., London, UK

London, UK
Director and Principal Surveyor | Providing independent marine surveying, consulting, claims handling, and expert witness services globally. Correspondent to CESAM.

Savannah, GA
Director and Principal Surveyor| Providing independent marine surveying, consulting, claims handling, and expert witness services globally. Correspondent to CESAM.

 Maritime Survey Solutions, LLC, Bluffton, SC 

Principal Owner and Surveyor | Conducted casualty investigations for Owners' and Charterers' P&I Clubs, hull and machinery cases, and cargo underwriters. Provided in-house training for marine cargo underwriters and expert advice to maritime lawyers. Approved by Lloyd's underwriters with a nationwide agreement to provide consultancy services for a large marine underwriter. Developed a strong working relationship with the French market. Invited to become the CESAM correspondent for Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA; and Jacksonville, FL. 

Braemar Falconer, Inc., USA

Chief Operating Officer | Appointed to develop a start-up company, providing global marine surveying and consulting. Main lines of business included P&I assignments, project cargo and loss control, hull and machinery surveying, engineering investigations, and general cargo and warranty work. Conducted surveys nationally, as well as in Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean. 

Crawford & Company, USA 

Global Vice President, Marine and Transportation | Appointed to establish and develop a marine surveying operation in the U.S. Subsequently tasked with developing a global operation serving all areas of the marine market. 

Campbell & Tirel, Pta., Portugal 

Joint Managing Director | Conducted work principally in Portugal for P&I Clubs with services including: local and national cargo, dock damage, and conditions surveys; hull and machinery casualties in the English Channel; shipyard repair attendances; serving as expert witness in a major dredging issue in a Portuguese criminal court, and expert witness in a Federal court in Toronto. Acted as correspondent to non-mutual P&I Clubs and the Brazil Salvage Association. 

Naseem Marine Services / Al Maweed Services, Saudi Arabia 

General Manager and Partner | Provided a broad cross-section of survey services for global clients in Saudi Arabia and surrounding countries. Acted as correspondent for non-mutual P&I Club. Provided expert witness representation during this period with attendance in English courts and arbitrations. 

Thomas Howell Kiewit (now Crawford & Co.), Saudi Arabia 

Principal Surveyor | Provided services principally for P&I Clubs, with work including all manner of casualty incidents, issues involving arrest and provision of Letter of Guarantee, and towage surveys for plant equipment being relocated from one project to another. 

Gellatly Hankey CIE, Djibouti 

Marine Surveyor | Acted as Managing Director of the Shipping Agency in director's absence; P&I correspondent; and non-exclusive surveyor for Det Norsk Veritas, BV, GL. Served as acting surveyor for Lloyd's Register and managed the Lloyd's Agency. Appointed by Salvage Association (at the time, both cargo and H&M) brokers and underwriters for hull and machinery brought to Djbouti as a safe port under L.O.F. Conducted towage surveys and P&I surveys for all manner of cargo, stowaways, berth damage, and groundings. Attended salvage operations and wreck removals. 

Denholm Ship Management, Glasgow, U.K. 

Third Officer to Senior Rank | Sea service

Education & training

Hull Nautical College | Kingston upon Hull, U.K.

Ship Master's FG Class 1, Maritime   

Trusteforte Corporation | New York, NY

Master of Business Administration (MBA), evaluated by Trusteforte 


U.K. Department of Transport (DOT) First Class Certificate of Competency: Unlimited tonnage  

First Mate's F.G. DOT Certificate

Second Mate's F.G. DOT Certificate  

Professional affiliations

Member: Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (MCMS) 

Associate Member: Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI) 

publications & presentations

Marine Risk Management   Presented for Jeddah insurance group, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Presentation for underwriters and claim managers describing carriage of goods at sea, packaging, number of handlings, areas of potential damage, and problems that can arise on a vessel due to weather, navigation, etc. 

Marine Surveying Needs and Advantages   Presented for conference of maritime professionals, Saudi Arabia

Presentation for underwriters, general managers, and claims managers from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Discussion included the importance of having an experienced surveyor to address clients' needs, from casualties and risk assessments to appraisal of losses and recoveries, and the value of providing correct and precise instruction to the surveyor. 

Recoveries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia   Presented for Norwich Union and General Insurance 

Presentation specifically requested by and presented to Norwich Union and General Insurance on how to address recovery problems in the KSA. Detailed how surveyors' reports should be addressed, what should be expected of surveyors in order to assist the underwriter in a successful recovery, and how to identify when to take legal action. 

Stop Loss   Presented for Jeddah Insurance Technical Committee, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Presentation covering the general method of containerization worldwide, including areas of loss and causation. Focused on losses in the Jeddah port and how to curtail such losses. Presentation initiated due to success of the Stop Loss program established by the undersigned in Jeddah. 

Marine Risk Management   Presented for Sudanese Energy Ministry, Khartoum, Sudan 

Presentation given to Sudanese Undersecretary of State, Minister for Energy and Transportation, and roughly 400 Sudanese Ministry employees and oil terminal operators.  Discussion covered transportation of oil by sea, loading and discharge routines, regulatory requirements (e.g. Classification and IMO), age of carrying vessels, and the advent of double skin hulls. 

In-house training sessions   Presented for Roanoke Insurance Group, Watkins Syndicate 

Training sessions on marine surveying covering the content and interpretation of survey reports, review and discussion of actual claims, packaging, risk assessment, and project cargo load-outs. 

Additional: Invited to comment in trade publications on matters of piracy and the quality of ships' crews, reasons for hull and machinery casualties in 2007, and possible future casualties.