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Meet the INCITIAS Team

Amanda Johnson

Director – Bastiaan Scheepers

Bastiaan joined Holger Kelle to establish and serve as a Founder and Director of INCITIAS. Bastiaan explains, ‘In 2015, Holger called me, and the decision to form INCITIAS was an easy one and confirmed quickly. It was a fantastic and exciting opportunity to work together again, having previously worked together at INTECSEA. I completed the first oil for the FPSO Front Puffin in Nigeria and returned to Australia, securing my first INCITIAS project with Trelleborg, and began to expand our business, hiring Christopher Bonay, our Naval Architect and mooring specialist.’ 

As Directors, both Holger and Bastiaan agreed it was important and a key difference for INCITIAS Senior Management team to be hands-on and involved in day-to-day project operations, business management and development. ‘Our management team is always involved in our project operations. It is a point of difference, part of our competitive advantage and a highlight of our business,’ Bastiaan continues, ‘The staff member you work together with developing a project, will also be part of the team and involved in the project. Clients see continuity in who they work with.’

Bastiaan’s decision to pursue engineering started in high school. Using the process of elimination, he ruled out a medical career, as he wasn’t keen on blood. He had an interest and excelled with numbers and rational education, enjoyed designing and problem-solving, so logically landed in mechanical engineering. Bastiaan quietly admitted during our interview, that he had placed 4th in an Italian-wide LEGO championship in 1985. His vision, affinity and creativity for design started early on. 

After studying mechanical engineering at Università Degli Studi di Perugia, Bastiaan started working with Procter and Gamble subsidiary Fameccanica in Italy. In 2002 Bastiaan moved with his partner to Australia, settling in Melbourne. Started with Omni Engineering as an ABB Robot system integrator building machinery in the automotive industry for Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi, and Toyota. Following this, he joined Trelleborg, progressing through the ranks to Manager of the Offshore Integrated Mooring business unit.

During this time Bastiaan also completed his MBA with Melbourne Business School. Bastiaan consulted with Ernst and Young for the Australian Government Transport Department program/project frameworks and before INCITIAS Bastiaan was at INTECSEA, completing projects based in Singapore and Lagos.  Bastiaan’s career in the energy industry has spanned more than 17 years.

A personal triumph for Bastiaan was seeing the completed Mina Justa hose reel, in 2018. ‘Such an incredible experience, walking inside the fabricator workshop in Italy, it was a very intense emotion seeing the design actualised. The results were tangible, the workshop was filled with the equipment INCITIAS had designed and built. The feeling hasn’t changed either – it is still quite humbling to see these, my designs come together,’ Bastiaan remarked proudly. Commenting that ‘the opportunities and challenges of designing solutions for unique problems and then building the machinery around the unique solutions, our original equipment, is a very satisfying part of the job.’

Bastiaan describes the favourite element of his director role as supporting INCITIAS’ team growth and aiding our clients to grow their businesses. ‘Travelling overseas for work is also quite an enjoyable part of the role.’ Bastiaan continues, ‘I enjoy working together with clients in their local area and meeting colleagues, developing the face-to-face rapport.’

Enjoying his work/life balance, Bastiaan can often be found in the kitchen, cooking for friends and family. A particular favourite to make is arrostincini, Italian skewers made with lamb (from the Abruzzo region). Beyond his culinary pursuits, he enjoys gliding at 10,000ft, cycling and generally staying fit.

To explore more of Bastiaan’s career, please see his LinkedIn profile. 

You can contact us to discuss how INCITIAS can assist with your original equipment design and project requirements. 

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Engineering Services

INCITIAS Services and Original Products are supported by in-house team of engineers and designers:

  • Naval architects
  • Process engineers
  • Mechanical and Marine engineers
  • Safety and risk engineers
  • Structural and civil engineers
  • Electrical and instrumentation engineers
  • Subsea engineers
  • Construction supervisors

Naval Architecture services:

  • Hydrodynamic analysis
  • Hydrostatic analysis
  • Offshore and nearshore mooring systems design 
  • Design in accordance with IMO and class requirements

Process Engineering services:

  • Cryogenic system engineering for LNG, ethane, LPG, and hydrogen
  • Chemical engineering for olefins, biodiesel, and chemical bulk handling
  • Natural gas networks
  • Fuel systems
  • Jetty topsides for conventional oil and LNG
  • FPSO topsides design
  • Process system commissioning

Mechanical and Marine Engineering services:

  • Original equipment and machinery design
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic system design
  • Cryogenic pressure vessel design
  • Piping systems design
  • Package engineering
  • Marine systems integrations
  • Cargo and ballast systems, HVAC, and cooling propulsion solutions

Safety and Risk Engineering services:

  • Explosion studies
  • Gas dispersion studies
  • Cooling water dispersion studies
  • QRA, HAZOP and HAZID coordination

Structural Engineering services:

  • Marine and offshore structure design
  • Structure life extension
  • Fatigue studies
  • Asset integrity

Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering services:

  • Load lists
  • Shore-to-ship power connections
  • Power system design
  • LV and MV engineering
  • Subsea electrical systems engineering
  • Process and machinery instrumentation design

Subsea Engineering services:

  • ROV operations engineering
  • Subsea intervention engineering
  • Subsea pipeline system design
  • Flexible flowline and umbilical design

FPSO External Riser turret mooring

Mooring Handling LIFTING BEAM GENERAL ASSEMBLY Original Equipment

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FPSO Bow Extension 3D modelling

FPSO Decommissioning

Our clients find our experience invaluable during FPSO decommissioning planning and execution, using the INCITIAS teams’ ability to assess the most suitable strategy, based on the project and local authority’s requirements. Our team has extensive experience in the design and installation of FPSO mooring systems, risers and umbilicals.


We can support the client decommissioning plan with the following services:


  • Decommissioning option selection study and recommendation
  • Cost estimate and assessment of cost escalation
  • Contracting strategy options selection and recommendation
  • Integrated owner engineering team
  • Original equipment to unlock value in the decommissioning plan
  • Project management of decommissioning team and sub-contractor


Examples of typical deliverables for FPSO Decommissioning are:


  • Execution plan and cost estimation
  • Riser, umbilical and mooring disconnection analysis
  • Vessel spread selection and market enquiry
  • Decommissioning story board, tools and resource lists 
  • Design and build of original equipment 
  • ROV campaign support
  • Decommissioning schedule and procedure
  • Request for quotation, bid assessment and recommendation 

Single Point Mooring system

Turret Mooring

Independent Verification Design

Working together with INCITIAS, clients can obtain objective evidence of asset compliance with project requirements.

With our independent verification design process, INCITIAS applies an efficient risk-based assessment method to prioritise critical elements of the asset.


An INCITIAS comprehensive review can include:


  • Desktop review of design documents
  • Review of HAZID, EIA and QRA findings
  • Risk ranking of asset elements
  • Preparation of review plan
  • Client approval of review plan
  • Execute review plan, including on-site performance verification
  • Issue of certification certificate

We work together with our clients to ensure the appropriate level of review is carried out.

Operations & Maintenance Support

INCITIAS combines our Engineering expertise with real world Operations and Maintenance experience.  We support our clients with O&M development and management activities including:


  • Enterprise management system development
  • Organisation structure development and evaluation
  • Systems and procedures development and review, including detailed procedures, permits and work systems
  • Emergency response systems
  • Defining specific port operations requirements
  • Operation and maintenance training and competency assessment
  • Commissioning activities

Integrated Owner’s Engineering Services

We support Owners with engineering, technical, and project management expertise across LNG, marine, and vessel conversion projects. Our clients can minimise risk and maximise opportunities earlier in project execution, with INCITIAS Owner’s engineering services. 


INCITIAS can provide integrated owner’s engineering services for onshore and offshore projects from a client office, site location or remotely from our offices in Melbourne. 


Typical services are:


  • Design and construction management
  • Customised risk management solutions
  • Specialist LNG process and marine engineering
  • Budget implementation, scheduling, and cost control
  • Non-permanent on-site dedicated offices for project



Indicative deliverables are:


  • Technical document reviews
  • Project bankability documents 
  • Basis of design
  • Functional performance specification
  • Resource plan and project schedule
  • Request for quotation and technical bid evaluation
  • Participation in HAZID, HAZOP, QRA, design reviews
  • FAT (Factory Acceptance Tests) certification
  • Work packs for installation contractor

We can be as involved as you require. From specialist resources who consultant on specific aspects of your project, to the provision of a fully integrated Owners team. 

At INCITIAS we develop tailor-made delivery solutions to match your project’s execution strategy and risk profile. Offering a full range of alternative delivery methods enables us to deliver the most effective project outcomes for you.

CLP Jetty Installation during the daytime

Advisory Services

INCITIAS offers integrated technical and commercial advisory services to assist clients advance their projects and provide support for their decision-making process. Clients can reduce risk and maximise opportunities by accessing our team of advisory specialists’ wealth of experience.


Typical advisory services are:


  • Technology assessment and selection. 
  • Commercial risk assessment.
  • Pre-feasibility, feasibility, and pre-FEED and FEED studies.
  • Contract review against the project technical performance.
  • Independent review of project execution plan.

INCITIAS techno-commercial advisory services aligns commercial drivers with feasible and proven technical solutions. Our team’s experience includes facility selection, financial assessment, contracting strategies, construction management and project operations. Assisting clients meet their business objectives using our capabilities to provide insights and solutions. 


Indicative deliverables are:


  • Site selection study
  • Environmental pre-assessment 
  • Technology options, recommendations and definition
  • Review of contract commitment against the facility performance
  • CAPEX and OPEX estimates
  • Financial models, NPV calculation, tolling model, and sensitivity assessment 
  • Project bankability document pack
  • Probabilistic models combining queueing and Monte Carlo assessment for logistic studies
  • HAZID, HAZOP, QRA and project risk assessment 
  • Operations and training requirements definition