Martin Pownall

Consultant Crane Inspection Engineer

Martin is an experienced crane inspection engineer with approximately 20 years’ experience in crane and lifting equipment engineering for the port industry. He is an approved UKAS inspector to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 with extensive inspection experience, conducting examinations and inspections of lifting equipment to international standards.

  • Specialist in FFO Damage Incidents Involving Cranes and Lifting Equipment
  • UKAS Inspector to ISO/IEC 17020:2012
  • Damage and Repair Assessments
  • Lifting Equipment Inspections

Martin has given evidence at public inquiries and is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

He specialises in the investigation of Fixed and Floating Object Damage (FFOD) incidents involving cranes and incidents involving failures of cranes and lifting equipment. Martin’s experience includes assessing the extent of damage and pre-incident condition, advising on temporary and permanent repairs, monitoring of site operations and reviewing the final claim.

Martin also specialises in audits, maintenance inspections, damage and failure investigations, and condition surveys.  He has professional qualifications in the design of lifting equipment and his experience covers a wide range of equipment such as Ship-to-Shore cranes, mobile harbour cranes, straddle carriers, Rubber Tyred and Rail Mounted Gantry (RTG/RMG) cranes, reach stackers and other lifting equipment.

Martin’s recent experience includes:

  • Investigation into STS crane contact and damage evaluation, advising on remedial repairs, repair operations and costs, including site attendances during repairs on behalf of the vessel owners and P&I Clubs;
  • Investigation into the collapse of a shipboard crane that resulted in serious injuries to 2 crew members;
  • Allegations of rough handling of cargo by charterers, including crane wire failures;
  • Total failure of a cargo handling derrick due to exceedance of the handling criteria.

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