Company History

Established in 1948 to provide Oil Spill Response Services to energy companies based in Milford Haven, DV Howells became part of the Braemar Shipping Services Group plc in 2006. Combining the multi-disciplinary expertise of the Braemar Shipping Group with that of DV Howells to create one of the world’s leading Integrated Risk Management and Incident Service providers.

Here you will find the key milestones and significant projects from Braemar Howells extensive history.

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  • 2016

    Zal Rustom appointed Managing Director of Braemar Howells

    Zal Rustom is appointed Managing Director of Braemar Howells

  • 2016

    Braemar Howells called out to assist with MFV CSK vessel wreckage

    Braemar Howells was called out to assist with the salvage of the wreckage of MFV CSK vessel which run aground on South Angle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales.”

  • 2015

    Braemar Howells chemical response team assist in Bunswick, Liverpool

    Chemical Response team was mobilised to assist with the cleanup of chemicals from abandoned curtain sider vehicle in Bunswick, Liverpool

  • 2014

    Braemar Howells achieved British Safety Council Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit

    Braemar Howells achieved British Safety Council Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit Braemar Howells called out to clean up 15000 liters of fire suppressant at Gatwick Airport

  • 2013

    Braemar Howells awarded British Safety Council award.

    Braemar Howells awarded British Safety Council award.

  • 2013

    Braemar Howells responds to flooding at Runnymede Hotel

    Braemar Howells called out to assist with flooding at the Runnymede Hotel. Braemar Personnel deployed containment booms and the team transferred water away from the hotel using pumps and assisted with the cleanup so that the hotel could re-open.

  • 2011

    Braemar Howells responds to MSC Rena

    Braemar Howells were called out to assist with salvage support and clean up – distressed cargo - after the MSC Rena run aground on the reef in Tauranga, New Zealand. Managing containers coming on shore, setting up a waste treat facility, recovery of shoreline debris, dispose of products (decontamination of some hazardous materials), supervising volunteers and assisting with the overall clean up

  • 2010

    Braemar Howells called to EDF Power Station

    Braemar Howells was called to EDF Power Station to provide equipment and personnel to clean up oil spillage from sump. Bramear Howells was called out to assist with the cleanup of oil from the vessel MV Antonis at Peel Ports, Liverpool

  • 2009

    Braemar Howells Ltd deliver response equipment to MoD Mare Harbour

    In August 2009, one of our On Scene Coordinators and response team were airlifted from the UK with 22 pallets of response equipment to the MoD Mare Harbour in the Falkland Islands for 2 weeks to respond to a major spill from a storage tank.

  • 2008

    DV Howells name change

    DV Howells name change to Braemar Howells Ltd on 24th September 2008

  • 2007

    DV Howells responds to MSC Napoli

    DV Howells were mobilised by the UK Government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency to respond to an incident where the container ship MSC Napoli was beached near Sidmouth, Devon. Shoreline clean up of debris from Chesil Beach up to Lyme Regis which included many of the ISO containers and their contents that had been lost from the deck during the beaching operations of the MSC Napoli. HNS Advisor for Salvors – Adsteam UK Ltd following incident off the Orkneys. The Sunna run aground in the Pentland Firth carrying a cargo of Ferrosilicone. DV Howells were mobilised by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services to assist with the floods at Rotherham and Doncaster in July, personnel and equipment were used to pump out the flood waters in Kirbranwith, Fishlake and Toll Bar.

  • 2006

    DV Howells is acquired by Braemar Seascope Plc

    March 2006 DV Howells was acquired by Braemar Seascope plc from Milford Haven Port Authority. Acquistion of Hi-Bar UK Ltd at Gatwick making total of 9 bases in the UK.

  • 2006

    DV Howells was called to attend Ufton Nevert

    The expert support of DV Howells was called to attend Ufton Nevert following rail incident involving a car and train. Personnel and equipment was deployed from three bases to boom and minimise any oil spillages from the impact site. DV Howells assisted with the cleanup following the explosion from the tanks at Buncefield tank storage and Distribution Terminal.

  • 2004

    DV Howells acquires Ceto Environmental

    DV Howells acquires and merges Ceto Environmental and its subsidiaries Penvirotech, Ceto Nigeria and Acqua UK with DV Howells existing business units. Additional bases opened in Huddersfield and Falmouth. DV Howells now offers the most comprehensive and versatile range of incident response services available; marine salvage, sea and land oil and chemical spill management, rail track services, industrial tank cleaning, contaminated ground remediation, environmental consultancy, accredited training, waste removal and equipment supply both in the UK and overseas.

  • 2001

    New facility opens in Stansted

    DV Howells establishes response facilities at Stansted, Chesterfield, Workington and Belfast, each specialising in particular fields and enhancing response cover to clients.

  • 2000

    Global expansion

    Our consultancy function expands with assignments from Europe to South America, the Caspian Sea, West Africa, and Asia. Since 2000, DV Howells personnel have carried out a number of consultancy tasks for the IMO, Governments and industrials.

  • 1999

    DV Howells is recognised by the Nautical Institute

    DV Howells is recognised by the Nautical Institute on behalf of the UK Government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency as an IMO and MCA OPRC accredited training provider. Over 175 training courses covering all five continents have since been undertaken.

  • 1998

    DV Howells and Sons rebrands

    DV Howells and Sons rebrands as DV Howells Ltd and extends its incident response brief around the world, soon assisting with the Quo Iboe pipeline spill in Nigeria.

  • 1997

    Braemar Howells achieves ISO 9001

    Braemar Howells and Sons becomes the first oil spill response, training and consultancy company to achieve ISO 9001 worldwide.

  • 1996

    First in UK to gain Environment Agency’s Response Level 3

    DV Howells and Sons becomes the first UK spill response contractor to be accredited to the Environment Agency’s response Level 3 (the highest standard possible).

  • 1996

    Works begins on Sea Empress

    In its largest operation to date, DV Howells and Sons attends the ‘Sea Empress’, at Milford Haven, helping to prevent the ship from sinking, assisting with the salvage and at sea recovery of oil, as well as providing logistics support and post-operation wash down of equipment and ships in a specially designed rehabilitation facility.

  • 1995

    BVQI accreditation to ISO 9002 achieved as successor to BS 5750.

  • 1992

    The Marine Pollution Salvage Centre opens it's doors

    The Marine Pollution Salvage Centre (MPSC), purpose built by DVH for a major UK Government contract, opens at Milford Haven. It also houses the company’s dedicated training center.

  • 1990

    DV Howells and Sons gains accreditation

    DV Howells and Sons accredited by Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI) to BS 5750 quality standard.

  • 1979

    DV Howells and Sons Ltd acquired by Milford Haven Port Authority

    DV Howells and Sons Ltd is acquired by Milford Haven Port Authority, but retains its status as a separate company.

  • 1958

    DV Howells and Sons Ltd attends its first marine oil spill incident

    DV Howells and Sons Ltd attends its first marine oil spill incident, adding an oil spill response capability to the services it provides to oil companies based at Milford Haven. It’s just the start of the company’s involvement in a number of high and low profile incidents starting with Esso Portsmouth, Christos Bitos, Exxon Valdez, Braer, Pionersk, El Omar, Star Westminster, Borga, Sea Empress, Quo Iboe pipeline, Shell Dundenlin platform, Multitank Ascania, Ever Decent, Sonia, Nordfarer, Ievoli Sun, Albatross, Lagik, Willy, Kodima, Dutch Navigator, Lysfoss, Mulheim, Erika, Prestige.

  • 1948

    DV Howells and Sons Ltd is established

    DV Howells and Sons Ltd established in Milford Haven by Danny Vernon Howells and his sons for the provision of crew and pilot transfer, berthing MoD ships and other general harbour support services.

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