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Maritime Week Gibraltar 2019
11 January 2019
Marine Engineering and Bunker Consultant
Chris Fisher served as a marine engineer on tankers after studies at Poplar Marine College, and, having sailed as Chief Engineer for a number of years, he came ashore into the position of Marine Superintendent with Texaco Overseas Tankship in 1981. During this period he became particularly interested in the changes of the quality of marine fuels, brought about by more intense refinery techniques, and became involved with related technical issues in the maintenance and repair of the
In 1984, he moved into consultancy, providing expert services to shipowners, and insurers, mainly in the field of liquid cargo losses and contaminations. He teamed up with Stephen Hodge, a chemist, and they wrote Fisher & Hodge on Bunkers. This was the first technical book devoted to the subject.
In 1987, Chris joined Det Norske Veritas Petroleum Services (DNVPS), which had pioneered routine marine fuel quality testing and at that time tested some 20,000 samples a year. In 1990, Chris moved with his family to The Netherlands, where he set up a new fuel testing laboratory in Rotterdam for DNVPS. The business of fuel testing grew rapidly in this period and by 1996 DNVPS was contracted to test around 50,000 samples a year. In 1994, he joined up with Jonathan Lux and they produced Bunkers.
Following his interest in laboratories and all aspects of liquid cargo loss control, he joined the Inspectorate group of companies in 1995, as Director of their Northern European companies in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. He quickly established a new dimension to Inspectorate – Bunker Claims – which focused on providing laboratory and technical services to those involved with bunker disputes. Between 1995 and 2003, he attended many arbitrations and court hearings as a technical expert.
During 2003, Chris decided to end his period in the inspection business and he and his family returned to England where he established his own company, Bunker Claims International Ltd, once again providing expert opinion in court and arbitration hearings on bunker matters. He also visits ships to investigate engine damages and bunker problems. Chris enjoys teaching and spends as much time as he can giving lectures and attending training course workshops. He is a fellow of INMAREST and past Chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
In 2011, Bunker Claims International was taken over by Brookes Bell and Chris now provides marine fuel consultancy services to customers of Brookes Bell.