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Richard Barnes

Founder of Lighthouse Maritime Services LLC

Communication is of the utmost importance when servicing clients and no one appreciates this more than Richard who has developed a business underpinned by the successful interaction between Lighthouse  

clients and the team; providing clients with outstanding service levels, workload transparency and quality advice on the best solution to any issue.  


It is this level of service and professionalism which has led to Lighthouse employing some of the best people in the industry and retaining quality clients. Since 2007 and under Richard’s leadership, the business  

has gone from strength to strength.   


Earlier this year, he felt the time was ripe to develop and grow Lighthouse Maritime Services LLC into a world class business by way of extending their services and products.     

It is no mean feat to build a loyal, specialized, well trained, educated and experienced team who can work efficiently and capably in many diverse locations worldwide.  With Richard’s outstanding background and  

considerable ‘hands-on’ experience, knowledge and expertise in the petroleum and chemicals inspection industry, he takes great pride in leading and encouraging the Lighthouse team to develop their understanding  

of the maritime services industry. 


Always delighted to share his extensive knowledge with clients and the team, Richard has designed and delivered many training programs relating to tank cleaning and product analysis.      

As General Manager, he continually looks for ways to help his team, clients and prospective clients. 


Rotterdam Director

BSc. Chemistry | NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2

Ace has been an invaluable member of the Lighthouse Maritime team and is recognized as a leading expert in his field.

His vast knowledge and experience relating to the loading and transportation of bulk chemicals has been gained from over 10 years’ experience in the maritime industry. Ace has supervised chemical loadings in various parts of the world including the Middle East Gulf, the US Gulf and Europe.


Ace focuses on coating surveys on chemical tankers for P&I Clubs. He also acts as an Expert Witness and an NACE Level 2 Coating Inspector.


His excellent communication skills make Ace a perfect focal point for our operations and connecting with our clients.

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UAE Director

BSc. Marine Transportation

Melvin's transition from marine inspection to remote work is a testament to his adaptability and expertise in his field. His experience in ensuring vessels are prepared for loading high wall wash cargoes speaks volumes about his dedication to quality and safety.


His proficiency in cleaning coated tanks to the Methanol Standard showcases his attention to detail and commitment to industry standards. With his strong commercial awareness, Melvin not only ensures the job is done to the highest standards but also understands the importance of timely completion, demonstrating his value to both clients and colleagues alike.

Our Supercargo Team
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Joven R. Tiamsim

Supercargo Operations Manager/

Senior Marine Surveyor

BSc (Hons) Naval Architect & Marine Engineer / NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2

Joven's impressive track record speaks volumes about his capabilities and expertise in the maritime industry. His adeptness in expediting cleaning programs for high-purity cargo liftings demonstrates his commitment to efficiency and quality assurance. Moreover, his extensive experience in conducting cargo tank coating inspections according to ISO rating standards highlights his attention to detail and adherence to industry regulations.

Additionally, Joven's proficiency in overseeing cleaning conversions from DPP to CPP underscores his adaptability and problem-solving skills in managing operational transitions. His involvement in new shipbuilding, drydocking superintendency, marine surveying and shipmanagement further showcases his comprehensive understanding of maritime processes and his ability to represent owners' interests effectively.

Overall, Joven's strong skill set and diverse career background have undoubtedly made a positive impact on both his company and clients. His contributions have likely enhanced operational efficiency, ensured compliance with industry standards, and ultimately, fostered greater satisfaction among stakeholders.

Rexan Balcita

Senior Supercargo/ Coating Head/ Chemist

BSc. Chemistry | NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2

Rexan is a seasoned chemist with a decade of hands-on experience in Vessel COTs preparations, Fuel Product Quality Analysis, and Petroleum Fuel Additives. He's known for devising systematic procedures that significantly enhance the efficiency of COTs preparation while consistently meeting the highest standards set by clients. Rexan's expertise extends to conducting coating performance and condition surveys tailored specifically for P&I clubs.

Currently serving as the head of the coating department, Rexan plays a pivotal role with close involvement in assessing tank coating conditions. His track record speaks volumes about his ability to evaluate damage on coatings with precision and insight.

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Jay-Al Cosio


Marine Operations Manager/ Supercargo

ISM, ISPS & MLC – Certified Lead Auditor
NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2 / BSc Naval Architect & Marine Engineer

Senior Marine Surveyor with expertise in shipbuilding, ship management, and comprehensive surveying. Demonstrates a deep understanding of the maritime industry, including ship construction, operational procedures, maintenance protocols, and compliance with regulatory standards.

Experienced Supercargo with a proven track record of effectively cleaning COTs. Skilled in transitioning from cleaning various cargoes such as petroleum, vegetable oils, and animal fat to high-purity cargoes like methanol, ethanol, MEG, and more. 

Possesses broad knowledge on converting COTs from dirty petroleum products (DPP) into high-purity clean petroleum products (CPP). Proficient in developing tank cleaning plan outlining the necessary resources, time, consumables, manpower, and equipment required.

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Aldrin E. Cabanting 

Chemist/ Supercargo/ Office Manager

BSc. Chemistry | NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2

A registered Chemist equipped with a chemistry background. He joined the Lighthouse Maritime team last January 2019 as Supercargo & Chemist.  He is experienced in calibrating oxygen meters, doing laboratory experiments, and preparing Laboratory reagents for Wall wash testing.  Aldrin is also doing onboard training  and online course for using different brands of UV/VIS Spectrometer.”

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Oliver Ramos

Senior Supercargo

BSc. Marine Transportation

Starting with us in 2010, Oliver is one of our senior Supercargoes who has gained a well-established reputation in tank upgrades from DPP to CPP, in addition to his long time experience with high-specification chemical grade changes.

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Vimal Cyriac


BSc. (Phys). MSc. (Electronics) | NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2

Joining the team in 2017, Vimal has established himself within the supercargo industry and particularly enjoys working with the Spectrometer and Trace Oxygen analyzer calibration services, assisting clients who recognize Vimal as an important part of Lighthouse Maritime.

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Dempcie Dela Cruz

Supercargo/ Marine Surveyor

BSc. Marine Transportation

Dempcie has been with us since 2014 and over many Supercargo assignments has proved a significant asset to our clients with his strong work ethic and perseverance in expediting timely job completions.

He has good experience in cleaning to wall wash standards and cleaning conversion from DPP to CPP.

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Ishu Gurung


BSc. Nautical Technology

We were delighted to have Ishu join us in 2016 and as a proactive member of the team he is involved in expediting the cleaning operations.  Ishu is an expert in assessing the chemical cleanliness of tanks prior to loading high grade chemical products.

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Christopher Alvarez


Marine Engineer | NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2

A licensed Marine Engineer with 10 years of experience in Bulk Carrier, containers, and Oil/Chemical Tankers. My vast experience at sea develops me to work with everyone onboard without difficulty and even in a harsh environments. As an experienced engineer, he develops by being a resourceful person and enjoys figuring out how to come up with an effective solution to every problem. He takes great pride in working hard on every task that is assigned to satisfy the clients.

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Emmanuel Santos

Supercargo/ Chemist

BSc. Chemistry | NACE/AMPP Certified Coating Inspector Level - 2

Equipped with a background in chemistry, Emmanuel has since acquired knowledge and expertise in both tank cleaning and tank coatings. He is proficient in the use of analytical tools such as UV Spectrophotometer and has shown great interest in the research aspect of the industry.

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Jan Paul Decal


BSc. Chemical Engineer

He is capable of working well with the Master, Officers, Superintendent and Crews with different nationalities onboard and helps the company earn a positive reputation in the workplace. He’s been recognized by our clients for his excellent jobs as Supercargo and continuously proving his works as an asset of Lighthouse Team. He also handles Coating and Condition Surveys coordination.

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Mark Bryan Calma


BSc. Chemical Engineer

Mark joined the team in 2019. His approach to exemplary work is unbeatable much of our team's success due to his skill and hardwork. Maritime is appreciative to his ability to finish his work with perfection.

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Franklin Gutierrez

Supercargo/ Senior Marine Surveyor

BSc. Industrial Engineer

Franklin is a seasoned Senior Marine Surveyor with a wealth of experience in shipbuilding and marine surveying. Over the years, he has adeptly represented both P&I Clubs and H&M Underwriters, effectively managing complex and high-value claims for both parties. His journey in the marine industry commenced in 2010, and since then, he has been continuously honing his expertise, particularly in the realm of tank cleaning.

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BSc. Naval Architect & Marine Engineer

With over 14 years of dedicated experience as a Naval Architect, Ericson honed his expertise in supervising and designing superyachts and various shipbuilding projects. His proficiency extends across a spectrum of marine activities, including spearheading new construction endeavors, overseeing drydocking procedures, and conducting exhaustive marine surveys.

Throughout his career, he consistently delivered exceptional design solutions marked by innovation and top-tier quality, always with safety and efficiency at the forefront. My profound understanding of shipbuilding intricacies, coupled with an unwavering commitment to excellence, has played a pivotal role in the successful completion of numerous marine ventures.

Currently, overseeing tank cleaning operations in chemical tankers, ensuring adherence to high wall wash specifications for different types of cargoes.

Administrative Staff
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Bunkers Head

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Administrative Executive


Finance Manager

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