About

Maritime Experts Providing Maritime Solutions

how we work

How we work

The SOUTH MS team are experienced maritime professionals with an extensive international network of experts. We create small specialist project teams with the specific expertise to solve our client’s problem. Understanding the constraints and regulatory challenges faced by our clients, we work with them to develop trust: trust in the solution; trust between the office and the fleet; and trust between the client and the regulators.

the business

The Business

SOUTH MS is a small, entirely independent, maritime consultancy. We stick to what we know to ensure we provide a superior service to the maritime industry. We have experience working with ports and coastal, offshore, deep-sea and fishing companies.

Our people have an impressive combination of experience and academic achievement underpinning our services.

A New Zealand company with New Zealand ethics, we deliver our services globally.

our people

Our People

Mike Pearson

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Mike is a Master Mariner with more than 35 years of international experience working with some of the most respected names in the marine and offshore industries.

Mike has been involved in marine safety management since 1995 when he wrote his MSc thesis on the ISM Code (scoring in the top 2% of the London School of Economics theses for that year.) Since then he has gained significant experience in the regulation, development and practical implementation of risk and marine management systems.

Mike headed the American Bureau of Shipping’s ISM programme in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Returning to New Zealand, Mike was the inaugural Regional Harbour Master for Southland.

Completing his MBA in 2006, Mike established his maritime consultancy which has included diverse projects such as managing the risk management for the salvage of the West Atlas, establishing a number of high performance maritime management systems, emergency response plans (including Ebola response for a West African client), feasibility studies and expert witness. Mike is member of the:

  • Fellow of the Nautical Institute
  • New Zealand Company of Master Mariners
  • Business Mentors New Zealand
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Mike Pearson
+64 27 30 35 222

Our People

Tim Burfoot

Tim is a Master Mariner with 22 years experience in maritime operations and 20 years in accident investigation.

His 17 years at sea included five years command experience on various ship types on international trades. He has has extensive shore-based leadership experience, including five years marine operations management for a fleet of Roll-on Roll-off passenger and seasonal fast ferries.

Tim gained 5 years experience as a maritime accident investigator with the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission before taking on the role of its Chief Investigator and General Manager Investigation Services, responsible for a team of 15 investigators working across maritime, aviation and rail accident investigations to international standards.

He represented New Zealand at international forums such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Marine Accident Investigators International Forum (MAIIF). Tim is a member of the:

  • Nautical Institute (AFNI)
  • Marine Accident Investigators International Forum (MAAIF)
  • New Zealand Society of Air Accident Investigators (NZSASI)
  • New Zealand Institute of Directors

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Tim Burfoot

+64 27 49 45 451

Our Clients