Annual leave 2024

Not available: 07/08 - 30/08 | 07/10 - 11/10

For bookings, the best way to get a quick answer about availability is to text or email. 

07976 631920 or

The 2025 diary is open 

Annual leave 2025

20/12/24 - 03/01 | 18/04 -25/04 | 21/07 - 15/08 | 15/09 - 26/09

Photo of Alphons - riveted working boat

Tom Keeling is Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer, who works as a specialist, accredited, inland waterways Marine Surveyor, Boat Safety Examiner and writer. He has full-member status of IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology), is Gas Safe Registered (No. 300458) for marine LPG, has worked on the inland waterways since 1995 and is well known within the industry. 

As well as being Director of Small Craft Services Ltd., Tom is an RYA Instructor Member and a member of the Association of Boat Safety Scheme Examiners (ABSSE). 


Tom is the current Chair of the Small Ships Special Interest Group for the IMarEST, working with a group of some 750 colleagues to develop and improve the small ship and boat sector. Tom has previously been a Committee Member of the Boat Safety Scheme Technical Committee as the national marine surveyors group rep on behalf of IMarEST. 

Tom is an ardent campaigner for better boater safety, regularly lobbying the Boat Safety Scheme and Gas Safe Register as well as training companies, HSE and BSI to improve standards, refine working practices and raise awareness of developing safety issues. Tom recently completed a research project to improve marine LPG safety, and regularly contributes to the development of BSS requirements, most recently completing new research on gas water heaters. Current research interest areas include the challenges of decarbonising inland waterways boats.

Tom specialises in all types of pre-purchase, condition and investigative marine surveys for private and trade customers.

Produced reports are accepted by all insurers, brokers and financiers and are usually delivered within 3-4 working days in secure electronic format.

If you require a pre-purchase survey you will also receive a summary sheet to forward to the broker to aid any negotiation that results, and avoid confusion during the purchase process. You are welcome to visit the dock at the time of survey at an agreed time and ask as many questions as you like. 

Tom’s PI and PL insurance cover exceeds the minimum recommended for industry standard. 
For private instructions, Tom operates locally only or by referral at preferred locations where adequate facilities for docking and repair exist.  Prices are transparent and advertised; available to see at the link below. 

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For Trade instructions with hire fleets, Tom offers a nationwide service across England, Wales and Scotland.

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Small Craft Services Ltd T/A Tom Keeling
Director - Tom Keeling

Registered in England and Wales No 7567705
Registered Address:  Coniston, Lion Tuery, Alcester, B49 5DS | 07976 631920