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Michael McCollam has over 30 years of seagoing experience on a variety of vessels including VLCCs, Product Carriers, Bulkers and large Ro-Pax vessels in Europe, on which he rose to the rank of Chief Engineer.

In the course of his seagoing career he gained extensive experience in budget control and planning, implementation of various programmes, including planned maintenance and preparation of vessels for drydock refit and surveys, attendance on board newly built vessels for acceptance sea trials, fuel procurement and onboard management, voyage and bunker planning for chartered vessels and business appraisals to meet commercial objectives.

Michael has experience in both ‘new company’ and ‘new route’ start-ups, preparing vessels for lay-up and return to service from lay-up. He also has broad experience in Port and Flag State inspections including change of Flag, Statutory Surveys, P & I condition surveys, Internal ISM auditing and machinery and equipment surveys for Classification Societies. Michael was also instrumental to the success of a project involving the adapting of a 23,000 GRT Ro-Ro Freight Ferry for use as an offshore wind farm support vessel and, the subsequent returning of the vessel to ferry operations on completion of the charter.

Since joining AMA Michael has undertaken Hull & Machinery claim surveys, P&I Club condition surveys, vessel valuation surveys, attendance at laboratories for monitoring analysis of dry bulk cargo samples for moisture content and Flow Moisture Point / Transportable Moisture Limit, pre-charter risk assessments and bunker disputes.