Providing Assurance Since 1904.

As Independent providers of Dynamic Positioning (DP) Assurance and Verification services, our DP Surveyors and Technical Specialists perform DP Trials and associated Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) across a range of DP vessels.  P&S have built a reputation of expert support and guidance for vessel owners, with DP Surveyors located worldwide,. The team work to IMCA Guidance and following MTS and OCIFM requirements, and are on hand to support your needs.

• Proving / Annual / Reactivation

• Pre Hire Audits

Worldwide support
• Local Survey personnel in many regions
• IMCA M190 compliant documentation
• Specialist Electrical and Engineering personnel 

• FMEA development
• FMEA review & update
• Technical support
• Assessment and improvement planning

• Vessel and Marine systems
• Audit and Improvement

  • Review of DP Documentation relative to MTS Gap Analysis
  • DP Operations Manuals
  • Operational Risk assessment & ASOG development


  • In partnership and as West Africa agents for Vessel Technology Limited 

Pirie & Smith have developed a unique skill set to provide specialist Marine Surveyors  and support to a range of clients from Vessel Owners, Ship and logistics agents, Banks, Underwriters and Insurance companies for Marine assurance activities. From Damage Surveys to Vessel valuations, and everything in between, we take a combined technical and commercial approach to deliver the needs of the client, on a project by project basis.

  • Loading / Offloading Surveys
  • Pipe Surveys
  • Cargo Surveys
  • Draught Surveys

• Vessel Damage
• Hull and Machinery
• Incident Investigation

• Damage Surveys
• Insurance Assessment
• Failure Analysis
• Vessel Valuation

• Specialist Advice 
• Technical Support
• Build Supervision

P&S act on behalf of a range of clients, to provide Marine Warranty services, including offshore and nearshore civils activity. Recent projects include harbour infrastructure installation, providing hands on support to the project Underwriters.

• Port Infrastructure
• Asset and Marine Installation
• Marine Operations
• Towing and Transportation

• Procedural Review
• Expert Advice
• Condition Surveys
• Underwriter Support

• Equipment / Asset Inspection
• Project Support
• Detailed Analysis

Marine & DP Assurance

Pirie & Smith are leading providers of Marine & DP Assurance, based in Aberdeen, Scotland but deliver our services on a worldwide basis. Our team of specialist Marine Surveyors and DP Surveyors are on hand to provide support to Vessel Owners, Shipping Agents, Insurers, Financiers in all Marine Assurance tasks.

More about the team below.

Meet The Team

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Richard Smith


Richard joined the team in 2019, to support the growth of Pirie & Smith and other Group companies. He is responsible for the drive to digitise our processes and supporting the Operational teams. 

Richard is an Electronics Technician, working in the ROV industry for many years, before making the leap to further his career in onshore Technical and Operations Management including work on ROV, Marine and Subsea Mining projects. 

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Graeme Alexander

Marine Technical Authority

Graeme brings more than 35 years of seagoing and shore experience to the new post having previously worked in the U.S., Oman, India and Europe as well as the U.K. Most recently he was General Manager Marine Operations for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, responsible for passenger and cargo ferries and for the Penzance Dry Dock Company. Prior to that, roles ranged from engineer on specialized Dynamic Positioning (DP) vessels to Technical Superintendent and Project Manager of vessel conversions and new builds. Shoreside experience included managing marine assets for a range of diving, geotechnical drilling and well operations projects.

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Russell hodge

DP technical Authority

Russell began his career as a shipboard Electrical Technical Officer working on first generation DP drillships, construction and diving vessels. This was followed by 20 years’ onshore experience in the USA, Far East, Europe and South America providing DP services to O&G clients, rig and ship owners, underwriters and original marine equipment manufacturers. He has also written the syllabus and delivered DP maintenance courses and regularly presents papers on DP at industry conferences.

Nicki Rough - Marine Electrical Engineer

Nicki Rough

Marine Electrical Engineer (Grad)

Nicki is our Graduate Marine Electrical Engineer, having joined us in April 2022. 

He has an HND in Marine Electro Technology from the City of Glasgow College, which was sponsored by Solstad Offshore ASA during his cadetship.

When he is not immersed in Electrical diagrams and FMEAs, he loves playing football & snowboarding. He also has a keen interest in Computers and supports Greenock Morton FC!

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Administrator (DP)

Emily joined the group in August 2019 and is new to the oil and gas industry. She was previously a dental nurse and loves to lecture us all daily on our dental hygiene and sugar habits! When she’s not at a wedding that is…

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Denise Mead

Administrator (Marine)

Denise is our very own Superhero, anything is possible when it comes to Excel! When she isn’t fixing all our problems you will likely find her sipping a mug of tea discussing the best TV shows running. But be careful, she has very selective hearing!

If you would like to speak with our team, please contact us using the options below.

Meet The Team

If you would like to speak with our team, please contact us using the options below.

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