Regular Features:


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Repair News


Machinery Repairs

Price Index

Service & Maintenance


Agents News


A&A Thorpe has three publications, all in the marine market:


PEM (Port Engineering Management) – a bi-monthly publication including all types of projects involving the Dredging, new dredgers and dredger refurbishment, Port expansion and development, and the Renewables industry.


SORJ (Ship and Offshore Repair Journal) – a bi-monthly publication covering the shiprepair, conversion and maintenance industries on a world-wide basis.


SRN (Ship Repair Newsletter) – A weekly (Email) publication covering the shiprepair yard, shiprepair, conversion and maintenance industries.


SORJ is written by a highly experienced team of journalist, all of which have been in the industry for over 40 years.

We are a small team, therefore the pride in the work produced is high and suited to any company involved in the various industries covered by PEM.

Alan Thorpe has been in marine journalism since 1975, prior to which he served at sea in the British Merchant Navy and ashore with Texaco Overseas Tankships (TOT), London.




Alan Thorpe


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Paul Bartlett



Sue Morson


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Angelina Smith


His first job in journalism was in 1975 as Technical Editor of Shipping World & Shipbuilder, for which he became Editor in 1979 until 1985. During this time he also founded the quarterly journal – Drydock. Deciding on a freelance career in 1985, he has built up a wide range of involvement in marine journals throughout the world.

Since 1986 he has been editor of the bi-monthly PEM (Port Engineering Management) and since its inception in 2003, Editor of SORJ (Ship and Offshore Repair Journal), and also edits the weekly email publication SRN (Ship Repair Newsletter) since 1986.


Alan is the main partner in A&A Thorpe and is Publisher and Editor of the three publications mentioned above.

Paul Bartlett is a highly-experienced shipping consultant and journalist with a background in ship finance and shipping business journalism. He spent the last five years working as a Director of the London Shipping Consultancy, a provider of shipping due diligence services to financial institutions engaged in maritime lending.

Prior to that, Paul worked in the London office of First International, a Bermuda-based ship leasing and finance company. During the nine years he spent there, the company owned and bareboat chartered some 20 vessels to end users including major oil companies, steel conglomerates and state shipping lines.

Earlier, in 1978, having completed his Degree in Nautical Studies, Paul had joined Seatrade magazine as a trainee journalist. He held various editorial positions at the magazine before being appointed Editor in 1982. He left the magazine to join First International in 1987.

Sue Morson has been working as Alan's PA for 11 years. Coming from a financial services background she found moving into the maritime publishing industry extremely interesting. It is a very different role for her but she enjoys the challenges it brings, every day is varied and unique in its own way.

Coming from a print background and with over 10 years experience in Graphic Design, Angelina has recently joined A&A Thorpe's team and is responsible for all in-house design. She is motivated by her passion for design and innovation and is keen to learn about the shipping industry along the way.

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