Principal Surveyor Stephen Read M.IMarEST (EngTech), MIIMS Marine Surveyor
Stephen Read is an Associate member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (AMIMarEST) and registered with the Small Ships Group. He is registered with the Engineering Council as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech). He is also a Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (MIIMS).
Principal Surveyor Stephen Read was born and raised in a small commercial fishing community on the east coast of England. As a direct result, Stephen gained the required “hands on” experience and has been involved in yacht, small craft and small ship construction and repairs from his early working life.
After leaving school in 1972, he joined the towage industry starting as deckhand and studied for his Mates Certificate at Lowestoft College, Suffolk.
A few years later, he broadened his horizons and studied for his Chief Engineers and Surveyors Certificate at Warsash Nautical College Southampton under the regulations set by the Department of Transport gaining further certification throughout his time in the industry.
His time as Chief Engineer and Surveyor in the towage industry, Stephen stood by and oversaw new towage vessels being built in the UK and abroad, he also attended the vessels annual “Lloyds” surveys and refits overseeing the rebuild and repairs of various types of vessels.
This background coupled with a love for boating and restoration of small craft, including several personally rebuilt vessels, developed standards of repairs and the required integrity and professionalism for yacht and shall ship surveying. There is no substitute for sound theoretical knowledge backed by over 35 years of marine engineering, surveying, boat building and repairing experience.
Stephen Read is also Assistant Harbourmaster, Trinity House representative and pilot at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk (River Deben Entrance).
Stephen is responsible for the surveying, placing and overhauling of the navigation buoys on the River Deben and River Ore entrances and upper reaches.