Freelance Barge Master Devon
I am now keen to return to the offshore industry in any marine capacity with the intention of becoming a Barge Master
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Summary: An experienced Captain and ship handler with pilotage, anchor handling, towage and shore management and safety systems experience now wishing to return to the offshore industry.
Certificate of Competency - Master Mariner Unlimited (Valid until 9th Nov 2009) GMDSS General Operators Certificate Member of the Nautical Institute,
December 2004 - Present
Since leaving Backline I have done some consultancy work for the Duchy of Cornwall and the Port of Tilbury. I am now hoping to return to the offshore industry as after trying office based jobs that I prefer practical jobs offering challenges and responsibility.
August 2004 - November 2004
Backline Logistic Support Services - Director - Salary £35,000 + Car + Allowances
This was an interim post to introduce budgetary systems to achieve compliance with recent legislation to introduce IT and to rationalise existing infrastructure. This involved researching the appropriate legislation, making an analysis of the company and then drafting procedures and policies.
August 1998 - June 2004
Dart Harbour & Navigation Authority - Chief Executive & Harbour Master Salary £37,500
I was responsible for the overall management of the harbour for both marine and business matters.
This involved the management of the safety of navigation and pilotage and the introduction, implementation and running a safety management system, an oil spill response plan, waste management and port security. On the management side I was responsible for staff matters, bidding for and monitoring budgets and general office, political and executive administration. I was also one of the two pilots for the pot handling ships of up 120m LOA and 8000 GT.
The job eventually became too political and resulted in my deciding to leave. I much preferred the practical management of the harbour and the staff to becoming embroiled in local politics.
September 1992 - July 1998
Windstar Cruises - Captain
In 1992 I returned to sea as Second Officer and eventually after a spell as Chief Officer was once again promoted to Captain. As Chief Officer I was the Choice Chief Officer for the Dry Docking of the company's three ships. I sailed as Captain on all three of Windstar's ships and cruised in the East and West Mediterranean, the West Indies from the US Virgin Islands in the North to The Netherlands Antilles in the South and in the South Pacific. I have a lot of practical experience of United States Port Health Inspections and achieved the highest Windstar score ever of 98. During the time I was serving as Captain I had the task of introducing the International Safety Management Code on board. I was also fortunate enough to be Captain for a South Pacific Charter, which began and ended in Tahiti and took in the Marquesas Islands and Fiji. This involved detailed preparation including visiting as many of the ports in advance as possible. I left this job specifically to take up th!
e Chief Executive/Harbour Master's post in Dartmouth to make use of both the management experience gained at sea and with British Aerospace and my marine knowledge.
1986 - 1992
British Aerospace - Marketing Manager/Project Manager
Initially I was employed as Marketing Manager, marketing naval gun fire control products to Middle and Far Eastern customers. After attending a middle management training course in 1989 I was promoted to Project Manager. My largest project was a £14 million, 3-year project, manufacturing a message handling system for the Royal Navy. As a result of defence cuts and the subsequent reduction in defence spending I was made redundant as this project was nearing completion and decided to return to sea.
1981 - 1986
Offshore Supply and AHTS
Chief Mate to Captain
After working as Mate for 2 years I was given my first command at the age of 31 in 1983 on an Anchor Handling Tug in the Lebanon. I remained as Captain until 1986 after service in the North Sea, The Mediterranean, West Africa and the Far East. I was involved in supply, anchor handling, towage and survey and underwater work using ROV's. In 1986 I managed to get a job ashore in management, which had been a long-term ambition of mine.
1969 - 1980
At Sea in Various Companies
Apprentice to Captain
My career at sea started with an apprenticeship in RFA. After getting my 2nd Mate's Certificate I joined Cunard. Here I gained experience of tankers, bulk carriers, general cargo ships and RoRo/Container ships. I also worked for 3 years as Second Officer on the Queen Elizabeth 2. I left Cunard to work in British Antarctic Survey to gain ice nevigation experience. After doing my Master's course I looked for work in the offshore industry with the express idea of getting a command as soon as possible.
Hobbies and Interests
My main leisure interests are flying as a private pilot and photography. I am a Vice President of Plymouth Albion Rugby Union Football Club and enjoy attending international Rugby and Cricket matches. I qualified as a sports diver in 1992 and have dived on and off since then. I hold a Yachtmaster's Certificate and would still sail if I had the opportunity I also play the occasional round of golf.