We are delighted to welcome Captain Stewart Horan, who has joined our Marine team in our Singapore Office. With a background as a port captain and a maritime lawyer, Stewart provides the team with additional capabilities in investigating both onshore and offshore incidents.
Stewart gained his UK Master Mariners Certificate of Competency in 1991. He achieved this whilst sailing with Canadian Pacific on their Crude, Product and Chemical tankers with the carriage of oil, chemical and vegetable oils cargoes. He has also sailed on bulk, forest products, and container vessels.
Thereafter Stewart became a Port Captain with a chemical tanker company, and was responsible for attending incidents and performing intensive port, cargo, and tank-cleaning operations. He also attended grounding incidents and was involved in preventing pollution as part of the Emergency Response Team.
Stewart then gained his LLM degree in Legal Aspects of Mariner Affairs from the University of Wales, College Cardiff in 1994. Following this, he was appointed as a Marine Superintendent/Marine Manger of an oil/chemical tanker company handling oil, chemical, asphalt, and high-heat coal tar pitch with ongoing experience in incidents and undertaking inspections. During this period, Stewart also managed voyage and time charters, and charter party claim aspects.
Stewart has worked as a Marine Consultant since 1999, attending numerous incidents and providing advice on a wide range of marine matters including liquid and bulk cargoes, bunkers, container vessels, oil and chemical tankers, and bulk carriers. Stewart provided expert advice on the handling and carriage of liquid and bulk cargoes under the applicable IMO Codes and recognised industry guidelines and standards. Stewart also developed strategies for safe shipping of both methane-emitting and self-heating coals, from loading and voyage management, through to providing a discharge strategy
Stewart has given evidence in the High Court and at Arbitration in United Kingdom, Oslo and Singapore on the carriage and handling of cargo, navigation, groundings, tanker operations, ship vetting, ship management and general shipboard operations including ship-to-ship (STS) transfers.
On joining Hawkins, Stewart has extended his role to fire investigations concerning dry cargo, containers, timber products and coal, where an in-depth knowledge of cargo and marine operations is required.
Hawkins welcomes Stewart, and his wealth of marine-related knowledge and experience. If you have any questions for either Stewart, or our Marine team, please contact us.