Simon Burthem - Naval Architect

Simon Burthem - Naval Architect

Chief Operating Officer

  • B.Eng (Hons.) Marine Technology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Associate Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects

Simon is a naval architect with a background in the shipbuilding and ship classification industries before moving into consultancy with TMC. Simon has a well-founded and diverse knowledge of ship design, construction practices and regulatory regimes. He was managing director of TMC Marine in Singapore from 2011 to 2018. In August 2018 Simon was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of TMC Marine Consultants Ltd Group. He was further promoted to Chief Operating Officer in April 2022.

Simon’s experience primarily involves hull matters including the structure, arrangement design and stability of ships and other floating units. He has personally been involved in the design approval of a wide range of vessel types including product carriers, bulk carriers, container ships, drillships, yachts, passenger vessels, tugs, offshore support vessels (AHTS, PSV, well-intervention), FPSOs, and MOUs. He has certified marine equipment such as watertight doors, fire doors, lifesaving appliances, lifting gear and LARS.

Our TMC clients instruct Simon for a diverse range of shipping investigations, casualties and legal opinion work.

In regards to shipping investigations, Simon has provided advice in cases of fire damage, ship stability and foundering, deck cargo loss, container stow collapse, collisions and hull structural failures. He provides a complete service including survey/witness-of-fact, causation and repair advice/oversight. Notable cases include the loss of containers from a post-panamax container carrier and the collapse of an articulated offshore gangway.

As part of his casualty workload, Simon has acted as client representative during salvages and wreck removals and has also provided naval architectural support for salvage contractors. He is able to give quantified technical advice regarding the residual strength and stability of damaged vessels. Notable cases include the B OCEANIA wreck removal, PENRITH oil recovery and MARITIME MAISIE salvage. He has an on-going involvement in the SEWOL wreck removal project.

Simon is very active in newbuilding disputes having given expert evidence to proceedings convened in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia for disputes involving oil tankers, product tankers, bulk carriers, heavy lift vessels, drilling rigs, drill ships and yachts. He has also given evidence in relation to charterparty disputes and for salvage danger in London arbitration.

Simon is a proficient user of commercially available naval architectural software packages including TMC’s in-house Seamaster suite.

Contact Details

+ 44 (0) 207 237 2617

UK +44 (0)746 465 5333 and Singapore + 65 9625 5439

[email protected]


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