John Fairclough has been a practicing marine surveyor since 1979, and has dealt with a wide range of subjects. He has worked in the United Kingdom and in more than sixty countries world wide.
His work in recent years has tended towards the carriage of dry goods in ships, with which he has been involved, in a variety of roles, since 1964. He has dealt with many of the cargoes which are traded today on bulk carriers, RoRos, container ships, multi purpose ships and coasters.
His previous experience over many years assists him in knowing what has to be done on site, often under difficult working conditions. As a result, his findings at survey are those most relevant to the problem under consideration, gathered effectively, reliably and so as to be of maximum benefit.
He has for many years attended London arbitrations, both following survey and having considered documents. He has also given evidence in courts in London.
He has often attended ships at ports of refuge.
He is the author of “Ships’ Hatch Covers – Keeping Cargoes Dry”, published by JF Marine Limited.
He is based in Otford, Kent, an hour or so from the city.
South and East coast ports, and those in France, Belgium and Holland through the Channel tunnel, are within easy reach by car.
London’s airports allow the ports of the world to be visited at short notice.