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The laboratory, located near Liverpool in the UK, will come online in October and will include a fuel-testing facility, reflecting the increase Brookes Bell is seeing in fuel-related investigations and claims.

The new facility will test fuel to ISO 8217 standards ‘to highlight substandard samples and to help identify the causes and origins of fuel-related problems,’ said the company.

As well as fuel testing, the new laboratory will undertake metallurgy and paint analysis, and will include non-destructive testing facilities.

Ray Luukas, Chief Technical Officer at Brookes Bell, explained the rationale behind the lab’s development:

‘For many years we have enjoyed a widespread reputation for delivering high quality maritime consultancy delivered by our team of master mariners, naval architects and marine engineers. More recently, we expanded our offer to include a range of associated scientific and technical services including metallurgy consultancy.

‘Today, our in-house metallurgists work alongside other team members to provide our clients with more comprehensive advice on issues such as wire rope failure, container collapses, welding defects or failure of engine components. We are seeing an ever-growing demand across a wide range of industries – both on and off shore – for more technical and complex metallurgy and related services and the creation of our new laboratory will allow us to deliver that.’

Brookes Bell’s new laboratory will be built in Bidston, Wirral.

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