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I was Born in Cambridge in England and I packed my bags and emigrated to Edinburgh, Scotland when I was three months old. I settled down for a number of years, until I was 17 and legal! In 1984 I embarked on a sea-going career: first by attending Leith Nautical College and then as a Cadet for sea-service with The Bank Line. One final year at South Shields Technical College and I became a certified (certificated thanks!) Marine Engineer in the British Merchant Navy.

Kitted up with my Class 4 Motor Ticket and an Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering a spanner was thrown in the works! The decline of the UK Merchant Fleet saw many redundancies and layoffs, I victim to an unfair share of them (Andrew Weirs, the "last Fourth Engineer of the last ship of the last fleet" with Blue Funnel and Elder Dempsters, Bibbys et al!). But persevering I obtained positions elsewhere: Fourth Engineer with Denholms to Chief Engineer on the European Coast with Carisbrooke Shipping and in Papua New Guinea on a Research Vessel! I also worked on a variety of vessels from Passenger Ferries and RoRo's (Fred Olsen's and V-Ships), Pipe Layers and Diving Support Vessels (Stena, Northern Marine) to the Banana Boats (Geest Line)!

Twice I left the sea to follow dreams: First the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, to get a HNS Degree in Maritime Technology. The 2nd to join the Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) as the Chief Marine Engineer of the Tuvalu Maritime School: Head of the Engineering Department of a Nautical College to upgrade to STCW and thus International Maritime Organisation standards!

Now (with my Chief Engineers Ticket) I have settled down and for the last six years have been steadily employed in the Asia-Pacific Region on Anchor Handling and Supply Vessels (AHTS). I am married and live in Taiwan with my lovely wife and active 1yr old son!


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