Based in Miami, FL, Neil Maclaren brings more than 40 years’ experience in marine engineering to AMA Inc., with the past 23 years spent as a marine surveyor. As an officer in the Royal Navy, Maclaren served an array of posts, from Vibration Analysis Officer, during which he conducted vibration surveys on all manner of vessels; to Engineer Officer in charge of gas and combined steam-and-gas power plants aboard multiple vessels. Maclaren served in the Persian Gulf during the First Gulf War and has earned multiple commendations from the U.K., Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
International Bluewater Marine Services, Inc., Miami, FL
President and Chief Surveyor | Providing engineering consultancy and marine survey services for the east coast of the United States and the Caribbean.
Braemar, Incorporating the Salvage Association, Miami, FL
Principal Surveyor | Incorporated salvage association.
BMT Marine & Offshore Surveys, Ltd., London, U.K.
Marine Surveyor | Carried out marine surveying and consultancy services.
Regional Director | Served two periods as regional director of the (former) London Salvage Association.
Self-Employed Marine Consultant
Marine Surveyor | Carried out structural, mechanical, and damage surveys on all classes of commercial vessels, ranging from QUEEN MARY 2 to ocean barges. Conducted condition, damage, and consultancy surveys on mega-yachts for various underwriters, brokers, and owners, including: IEG, ACE, RSA, AMLIN, Marsh WILLIS, and others. Conducted P&I condition surveys; cargo and damage surveys for the American Club, Terra Nova, British Marine Mutual, Standard, Skuld, and other P&I clubs; small craft, condition, valuation and damage surveys for various owners and insurers, including CGNU, CNA, Royal & Sun Alliance, and TL Dallas. Acted as non-exclusive investigator for Panama Maritime Authority; completed investigation of the sinking of bulk carrier LEADER L.
Royal Navy, London, U.K.
Vibration Analysis Officer | Responsible for analysis of all vibration surveys of all rotating machinery (carried out in all ships and submarines of the Royal Navy). Analysis included recommendations on repair and re-design procedures for machinery systems and structure. Responsible for developing condition-based monitoring techniques and introducing necessary new equipment and technology; introduced new computerized software vibration analysis program and relevant PC-based data collectors (contract value $400,000).
Royal Navy, Naval Party 2010, Falkland Islands
Commanding Officer | Commanded the Royal Navy's battle damage repair and maintenance team (Naval Party 2010); command comprised of up to 120 men. Responsible for maintenance of all Royal Naval assets in the South Atlantic, communication with U.K. base, and ship company morale.
Regional Security System (RSS), Eastern Caribbean States
Staff Officer: Logistics and Engineering Advisor | Provided engineering and logistical advice and support to Defense Forces, Police forces, and Coast Guards of the RSS nations. Responsible for maintaining regular contact with the Prime Ministers of the seven nations of the RSS and close liaison with the British, United States, United Nations, and other regional governments.
Supervised logistics budget of $4 million; organized movement and logistical support for more than 500 troops from 14 nations during annual regional military exercises. Planned, implemented, and organized engineering training within the region at all levels for all nations. Member of regional disaster management organization supervising disaster logistics management and initial damage assessment.
Engineering advisor to seven nations on all aspects of engineering, including computers, communications, vehicles, and vessels. Arranged procurement of military and civilian equipment; supervised refits of all regional Coast Guard vessels, including defect specification, contract placing, contractor selection, and supervision of quality of work. Set up logistics facility for RSS: organized facility; arranged stock levels, stock control systems, and all other logistical aspects.
Royal Navy, Persian Gulf
Marine Engineer Officer | Aboard gas turbine frigate, HMS LONDON (5,000 tons; 50,000 shaft horse power). Accountable for the engineering operation of as many as 20 vessels of various types (e.g. Royal Navy frigates; Merchant Marine vessels).
Senior Marine Engineering Advisor to British Commander | Service in the Persian Gulf during the First Gulf War.
Royal Navy: Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), Plymouth, U.K.
Staff Officer | Trained ships of the British Royal Navy, Dutch Navy, German Navy, Belgian Navy, and Royal Fleet Auxiliary in all aspects of seagoing damage control and firefighting. In charge of setting and revising Royal Navy firefighting and damage control policies, including selection of new equipment, finalization of operating procedures, and investigation of major incidents.
Royal Navy, At sea
Deputy Engineer (HMS NUBIAN) and Marine Engineer Officer (HMS AVENGER / HMS AJAX / HMS GALATEA) | Involved in naval engineering at sea, with duties encompassing both managerial responsibilities and operation of plant. Vessel types included steam frigates, gas turbine power plants, and combined steam and gas turbine plant; power output of vessels ranged from 25,000 to 50,000 shaft horse power.
In charge of provision of main propulsive and electrical power and its distribution. Trained entire ship’s company in firefighting and damage repair techniques. Organized ships' refits; wrote defect specifications; negotiated with contractors; responsible for quality of finished work, with refit costs up to $40 million.
Supervised all operations and maintenance of machinery, superstructure fittings, hulls and boats. Accounted for fuel and stores with fuel budget as much as $1.5 million per year. Conducted surveys to determine vessel's need for repairs and/or equipment replacement (structure and hull; electrical and mechanical equipment) and general seaworthiness. Oversaw department of 50-75 personnel of all skill levels and most officer rankings.
Royal Navy Engineering College, Plymouth, U.K.
Various shore appointments (HMS CALEDONIA) | Positions included staff training, staff officers' post at technicians' training school, and staff officers' post at officers' training school. Responsible for various subjects in postgraduate engineering training program with specialist knowledge of desalination, nondestructive examination and refrigeration. Organized a BTEC HNC course for marine engineer officers newly promoted from ranks.
Education & training
Royal Navy Engineering College | Plymouth, U.K.
Bachelor of Science (BSc): Mechanical Engineering
Training: Professional Marine Engineering
Blue Water Surveyor: Highest award in Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) of Jacksonville, FL (AMA #303)
European Engineer (Eur Eng): European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI)
Chartered Engineer (CEng): U.K. Engineering Council
Meritorious Team Commendation, United States Coast Guard | For investigation in CFV FRISCO sinking by MV HARU VERDE (2002)
Gulf War Medal | Awarded by United Kingdom for services in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operation Granby (1991)
Member: Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (MCMS)
Member: American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
Member: Royal Institution of Naval Architects (MRINA)
Member: British Standards Institute (BSI), vibration panel
Member (CEng): Institute of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)