Our people


Aus Ship Lawyers


James Neill

James has 25 years of experience in transport. He has degrees in Economics and Law. He qualified as a Solicitor in Australia in 1989 and in England in 1991.

James managed a transport company for 5 years before joining a Sydney law firm in 1989. He worked as a claims executive for a P&I Club in the UK from 1990 to 1993 and then as a Shipping Solicitor for a law firm in Sydney until he founded Aus Ship P&I in 1995.

James has been involved with many high profile shipping matters in Australia including “The Pasha Bulker”, “The Tampa”, “The Kiukiang Career” and “The Laura D’Amato”.

Drew James

Drew James has more than 25 years of experience as a Shipping Solicitor working in London, Sydney and Singapore. He first qualified as a Solicitor in Australia in 1983 and has degrees in Law and commerce plus a Master’s Degree in Law. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators and of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He has been named twice in the “Euromoney Guide to the Best of the Best” as one of the world’s top 25 Shipping Lawyers.

Prior to joining Aus Ship he had been Head of the Transport Department at a large Sydney Law Firm.

Sharangan Maheswaran 

Sharangan Maheswaran has degrees in public policy and law, qualifying in both with honours. After working as an associate to a Judge and at a top-tier Sydney law firm, Sharangan joined AusShip as a solicitor in 2016.

Aus Ship Surveyors


Captain  A Nello Magliulo

Nello Magliulo obtained his Foreign-going Masters certificate in 1968.  Subsequent to completing Nautical College in Naples (Italy), he went to sea from 1962 until 1974, on vessels ranging from Passenger to General Cargo, Refrigerated to Tanker, Bulk Carrier and Ro-Ro.  In 1974 he migrated to Australia and in 1975 commenced employment with Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) in Sydney as a Marine Surveyor.  By the end of the same year he had helped expand SGS Petroleum Services Australia wide and in 1979 was relocated to Adelaide to open a new office.  In 1987 he was a lecturer for the Redwood (Petroleum & Petrochemical Div.) Training Courses.  In 1988 he was appointed as International Shipping Coordinator and in 1994 as the National Redwood Manager for SGS Australia.  Nello joined Aus Ship P&I in our Adelaide office in 1996.


Greg Pugh

Greg Pugh started his career working as a fitter for various refineries and energy companies where he quickly moved from an apprentice to foreman. After receiving his Degree in Engineering from Newcastle Marine Engineering College 1985 he went to sea working for Caltex as a Trainee Marine Engineer Officer and relief 3rd Engineer Officer. Between 1989 and 1992 Greg attained his Second and First Class Motor and Steam Certificates of Competency.

Following his traineeship with Caltex he continued his career as an engineer on oil tankers working his way up to become a 1st Engineer. During the period of 1994 – 2002 he moved on to work as a Maintenance Technician/Engineer on FPSOs.

In 1995 Greg started Australian Seastaff International Pty Ltd – a company that established and pioneered recruitment of Australian Officers for direct employment with overseas shipping companies including BP Shipping, Thome Ship Management Singapore, World-Wide Tankers Singapore, Osprey Maritime London on LNG, Crude and Product.

In 2005 Greg became the Ship Manager/Acting Fleet Manager for ASP Ship Management Pty Ltd, – position he held for two years until he became Senior Technical Superintendent Engineer at Thome Offshore Management Pte Ltd from 2007 to 2010.

In 2011 he joined Normarine Services Pty Ltd as a Marine Consultant and Ship/Cargo surveyor.

Ken Ainsgough

Ken Ainsgough is an Australian Maritime Safety Authority Certified Foreign Going Chief Engineer. He holds a Dip. Marine Engineering, B Bus,Masters Bus (Occupational Health Safety). He is a Qualified Marine Engineer since the 1970’s, being one of the first two Surveyors to gain accreditation with theQueensland Transport Department in 1996. This was in recognition of his experience and qualificationsincluding prior work as a Queensland Transport Marine Surveyor.

Ken and Greg began working with Aus Ship in 2013.


Captain Barry Hughes


Captain Brian Peters

Brian first went to sea with Bank Line in 1965 and left the sea in 1979 to take up a position with SGS in 1979. Whilst at sea he served on tankers, general cargo vessels, container ships and passenger vessels and obtained his first command in 1978. Brian worked for SGS in Victoria until 1985 when he started his own surveying business in Northern Tasmania. He has a wide range of experience as a surveyor and has represented P&I clubs on numerous occasions. Additionally, he lectures in Cargo Handling and Stowage and Navigation for the Australian Maritime College and assists a large overseas ship manager in relation to condition and quality control compliance of their vessels.

Cairns & Far North Queensland – See Townsville


Captain Abdul Quader

After spending 16 years at sea including 5 years as Chief Officer and Master on board vehicle carriers and container ships, since “swallowing the anchor” Abdul has worked ashore for the past 8 years in Australia as a marine surveyor, marine superintendent and offshore marine coordinator. During that period he has had extensive experience with the oil and gas industry in the Northern Territory.

Abdul is a member of the Australian Institute of Marine Surveyors, an Associate of The Nautical Institute (UK) Lead Auditor ISO 9001:2008/ISM Management Systems and is the approved Nautical Inspector for the maritime Authorities of the Bahamas, Liberia and Malta.

He is the owner and general manager of Voyager Marine which is a marine surveying and consultancy firm which operates out of Darwin, Northern Territories.


Captain Ajay Tandon

Ajay received his Masters Foreign Going Certificate in 1980 and has worked as a Marine Surveyor since 1982. He has acted as P & I Correspondent for several Clubs in North Western Australia and is a member of  the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. He is an experienced correspondent having represented many Clubs in Port Hedland and being the listed commercial correspondent for UK Club, West of England and Steamship Mutual for Fremantle.

Captain Fred de Rooij

Fred served with Nedlloyd Lines in the Netherlands from 1972 till 1985 and gained a wide experience on a variety of vessels.  He obtained his Master’s certificate in 1982.  He emigrated to Australia in 1985 and has worked as a marine surveyor since that time. He has been involved with all aspects of surveying and P&I Club Correspondent matters including dry and liquid cargoes and has acted for P&I Clubs, Lawyers, Hull Underwriters and other clients.

Since 1985 Fred has been involved in a number of high profile P&I matters including the sinking of the “Sanko Harvest” and the oil spill from the MV ”Kirki”.

He provides expert assistance to clients in relation to heavy lifts, stowage of breakbulk project cargo and has been involved in loading and inspection of alumina, grain and mineral cargoes on board ships at Kwinana, Bunbury and Geraldton.  Advisory function and pre-loading inspection of and in containers.


Peter Bruce

Peter is undoubtedly one of the most experienced surveyors working in Australia today and has been an invaluable recent recruitment to the Aus Ship organization.  He began his shipping career in 1965 and, after serving on a variety of ships, obtained his Master’s ticket and was given his first command in 1975.  In 1978 Peter joined a busy shipping agency in Taiwan as Marine Manager responsible for non-liner agency, survey and claims departments and Lloyd’s agency.  He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in 1979.  Whilst in Taiwan Peter introduced a towage and salvage company, a tow liner service, a heavy lift operation, an underwater hull cleaning service and a ship broking department.  Following a move to Spain in 1983 Peter established a broking and consultancy company involved in towage and salvage worldwide including many VLCCs and ULCCs damaged by missiles in the Iran/Iraq war.

Following relocation to Hong Kong in 1988, Peter moved to Australia in 1989.  He has since operated as a broker, consultant and surveyor with a 12 month sojourn in 1997 as Port Surveyor/Deputy Harbour Master for the Government of Gibraltar.  Peter is a founding Fellow of the Australian Shipbrokers Association and is also a Member of the Nautical Institute.

One example of Peter’s experience is the towage of a Petrobras tanker (about 50,000 deadweight) from Rio de Janeiro around the Cape of Good Hope to India.  Peter did everything from chartering the tug, preparing the vessel for towage, rigging the towage bridle and emergency wire, looking after the husbandry, bunkering, agency, insurance etc.


Captain Stuart Will

Stuart first went to sea in 1975 as a Deck Cadet for the Australian National Line.  He obtained his Master Class One Certificate of Competency in 1986.  Stuart has sailed on RO/RO, container, bulk carriers, passenger, rig supply and general cargo vessels up to the rank of Chief Officer.

He commenced working as a Marine Surveyor in 1988 and has had 16 years experience in a wide range of survey work including P&I, hull, cargo and salvage matters.  He has acted as an expert witness on several matters and has given evidence in the Supreme Court.

All seagoing qualifications have been updated to STCW 1995 requirements.

Stuart is a member of the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors and the Company of Master Mariners of Australia

Captain Christopher Will     

Chris started his marine consulting & surveying career in 1989.  Since then he has been based in Melbourne carrying out all types of marine surveying work in Australia and South-East Asia.  Chris has sea-going background with the Australian Merchant Navy.

He started as a cadet with ANL in 1975 and obtained his Master Class 1 certificate in 1986.   He spent 14 years at sea, serving on container, general cargo, bulk, Ro/Ro & tankers.

He has kept up to date with the latest technology & developments in the industry by the occasional trips to sea.

Chris is a member of the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors and the Company of Master Mariners of Australia.


Captain Brendan Quinlan

Brendan first went to sea with BHP Transport in 1980, serving on various dry bulk and general cargo carriers, obtaining his Foreign Going Masters in 1988. From 1989, he worked as cargo Superintendent with the Port Waratah Stevedoring Company in Newcastle till 1991. Since 1991 he has been working as a Marine Surveyor in Newcastle, and has been involved in many matters with the Clubs during this time.

Captain John Quinlan

When Captain Quinlan obtained his Extra-Masters Certificate in 1958 he became the first Australian since World War 2 to have done so. He had first gone to sea with ANL in 1948 and served with various international lines on both passenger and general cargo ships including Cunard.

In 1961 he joined the Commonwealth Department of Shipping and Transport as a Surveyor and rose to the position of Principle Marine Surveyor (NSW) before leaving to start his own Marine Surveying firm in 1988. He has been involved with a large number of major matters, the most famous of which is probably the Gabriella, a heavy lift ship which overturned (with loss of life) whilst loading at Port Kembla in 1987.

Perth – See Fremantle

Port Hedland / Dampier (North Western Australia) – See Freemantle

Port Kembla

Captain Norman Sadd

Norman obtained his foreign going Masters Certificate in 1973 having served on general cargo and tanker vessels. Following periods as Tug Master and Surveyor with Lloyd’s Insurance in Sydney he joined ANL, Port Kembla where he managed the Container Terminal handling steel and containerised cargoes. In 1984 Norman became manager of the ANL Container at Port Botany and in1990 as Assistant National Operations manager was leader of the team which drew up the first National Waterfront Enterprise Agreement. In 1991 he returned to Port Kembla to work as a Marine Surveyor. He is now studying for his Masters Degree in Business (Maritime). Norman for many years lectured in Navigation and Seamanship at Wollongong TAFE. In 1996 he represented the owners of the “MV Giga 2” following the major collapse of a bulkhead which resulted in the near drowning of two men.

Tasmania – See Burnie


Captain William Dawson

After going to sea with P & O in 1975, William obtained his Masters Foreign Going Certificate in 1986. Whilst at sea he served on a variety of ships including bulk carriers, general cargo vessels and reefer vessels. He commenced work as a Marine Surveyor in 1987 and has operated from Port Kembla since 1989 and from Townsville since 1998.