Niall has more than 13 years of marine surveying experience. Prior to becoming McAusland’s dedicated Scottish representative, he worked in the Scottish office of a large UK wide marine cargo surveying company for nine and-a-half years. Before moving back to Scotland he worked in The Netherlands for another of the larger marine surveying companies. Niall’s initial marine surveying training was in Nigeria where he was involved with surveying damage to ships and cargoes in the busy port of Lagos. Also in Lagos, he was tasked with conducting negotiations with the Nigerian Port Authorities on behalf of banks in order to obtain the release of arrested vessels. Niall’s experience with surveying cargoes has covered a wide range of commodities including: bulk cargoes, general containerised cargoes and refrigerated goods. He has also conducted loading and discharge surveys of heavy project equipment and pre-loading surveys of machinery establishing the pre-shipment condition of these goods and ensuring the safe packing of these items.