Cliff BrandMarine Consultant at Eagle Lyon Pope
Captain Cliff Brand started his career at sea as a fisherman in the early 1970’s. By the time he was in his twenties he was serving as skipper on deep sea fishing vessels. After a period of ten years in the fishing industry he took up a career in the Merchant Navy, initially as an Officer of the Watch, progressing to Master on a variety of vessels, serving latterly on board AHTS vessels.
After period of 12 years in the Merchant Navy and a period ashore in ship superintendence, he joined the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch as a Nautical Inspector. During the eight years he spent at the UK’s MAIB he was responsible for investigating more than 60 serious accidents, many involving loss of life. Also during his time at the UK’s MAIB he obtained a BSc Honours Degree in Shipping Operations, as well as Diploma in Marine Surveying. He has travelled extensively delivering presentations and courses on maritime safety.
In February of 2004 he took up the post of Maritime Administrator for the Government of Gibraltar, where was head of the Gibraltar Maritime Administration. During his tenure he was directly responsible for substantial growth of registered tonnage on the Gibraltar Ship register as well as Paris MOU “White List” status recognition. He was also actively involved with the IMO.
In 2008 he returned to the UK to take up the post of Harbour Master / Marine Manager for Harwich Haven Authority after having served for a period of 2 years as Chief Executive of Gibraltar Port Authority where in addition to port business he was involved extensively in marine casualty salvage. Captain Brand is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Younger Brother of Trinity House and has always had a very keen interest in maritime safety and flag state affairs. He left Harwich Haven Authority to take up a consultancy role at Eagle Lyon Pope.