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Marine Yacht Surveyor's

Derek Levy

A fully qualified naval architect with extensive experience within the offshore industry and with a life long love of sailing. He has in recent years concentrated on smaller craft.

Derek started sailing in 1971 which quickly became a passion, and later a career. After graduating with honors in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding (1981), Derek was manager of Naval Architecture for Noble Denton for ten years and acted extensively as a Marine Warranty Surveyor.

He has held contract positions with major operator and contracting companies including Project Management posts with companies such as Texaco and British Petroleum. He has also developed ISM compliant safety management systems.

Derek founded Spheredawn in 1989 and has really enjoyed working on a number of craft varying from a 19ft GRP trailer-sailor to a 50m luxury motor yacht. He has also surveyed large commercial vessels up to 250,000dwt supertankers.

Derek is particularly familiar with steel and also works with aluminum, timber and fiberglass (GRP).

Derek Levy combines a solid academic background with a conscientious approach and unique resourcefulness gained from many years in the offshore industry. Derek is published in a book called An Introduction to Offshore Maintenance (OPL).

Derek sits as scrutineer and vice chair of the YDSA coding authority committee and sits on the main committee.

Qualifications and memberships:

  • BSc (Hons) Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding (Newcastle)
  • (accredited or associate member) Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA / YBDSA)
  • Marine Engineers Certifying Authority Limited (MECAL)
  • (Full member) International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS)
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
  • RYA Yacht master (sail)