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News From AEML May 2012.

2012 has been a busy year to date.

New Build Replica Barges :  We are consulting on two new-build projects taking place in the UK, for barges from 19 to 25 metres.

Barge Surveys: 2012 has been busy so far with surveys taking place on original and recent barges from 17 to 47 metres in Holland, Belgium, the South of France and of course the UK, for Australian, New Zealand, Swedish, English and Scottish based  clients. The market for higher value barges appears stronger at the moment than for lower value ships, with significant activity despite the state of the economy in both the private and hotel / charter barge areas.

Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant :  Anglo European Marine, working in conjunction with associate Naval Architect David Cox from Falmouth, were appointed by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Foundation to survey Cadogan Pier in preparation for the Queen’s boarding there for the Pageant. The survey included the structural condition of the main pier and associated pontoons, stability and safe loadings, the condition of the mooring piles (in association with Medway Divers) and consideration of all general safety aspects involved with the embarkation of the many VIP’s (and VVIP’S), and the presence of resident boat owners and their guests.

Insurance Claims : This part of our service remains busy and accounts for an increasing proportion of our work but it is good that the recent floods have not been too severe and there have been few personal injury incidents. Most flood damage has been the result of inadequate moorings and we have again been asked to offer advice to mooring operators in flood prone areas. The cold snap in February resulted in several fires and explosions due to the use of unsuitable heating appliances, fortunately without injuries but with some third party damage, which begs the question “how close do you want to be to other boats?”

Narrow Boats :  Brokers  report varying levels of sales. There is also a lot of competition with many boats coming onto the market. Better quality boats are selling quite well and we have surveyed several very high quality boats recently.

Litigation : As always disputes exist. We were recently able to assist as Expert Witness in resolving a major dispute on the Thames and have three other cases pending.

TRIWV : The new European Directive for inland vessels over 20 metres has been causing some concern to barge owners. In practice the requirements for original and recent barges are not that onerous at all. Because the UK has never ratified the Directive UK surveyors cannot certify under these regulations but we have been actively involved in the preparation of several barges and can advise accordingly.

The Year.

Balliol & Estelle now have a grandson in Luxembourg so we expect to be pounding the roads of Belgium rather more often in the near future, which enhances the company’s presence there as well. We continue to keep our 30 metre barge in Veurne, Belgium as an office base and staging post for Holland, Belgium and Northern France.

Marine Surveyors/Consultants

Principal Surveyor:
Balliol Fowden FYDSA.

+44 1788 541020

+44 7831 232823

+44 1788 543517


Burleigh House,
273, Hillmorton Road,
CV22 5BH