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IS&DC Committee Member Biographies
Moya Crawford - Managing Director of Deep Tek Ltd.
Moya has worked in the field of underwater salvage for over thirty years, beginning as a deckhand salving the White Star Liner, RMS Oceonrc, fore-runner of the Titonic. Since the mid-1980's she has specialised in remote cargo recovery; being part of the team that has set three world depth records for salvage; in 1-250 metres of water in the early 1990s on the Francois Vieljeux and 3000 metres of water in 2004 on the ss Persia. ln L998, parallel to this core salvage industry work, she became managing director of Deep Tek Ltd, which was formed to provide cost-effective deep water capability to other marine sectors, especially the oil & gas industry. The Company's patented Winder System, which combines the benefits of using man-made fibre rope with constant power and communications now sits at the leading edge of technology development as part of a 'Life of Field' approach; being used to undertake well intervention down to 3000 metres water depth.
Moya's interest in marine science informs many aspects of her work. Currently she sits on the Advisory Board of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland; is chairman of the Society for Underwater Technology's, lnternational Salvage & Decommissioning Committee and was appointed as Chairman of SOI Group Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of St Andrews in January 2O12.
Win Thornton - VP Decommissioning, BP Exploration and Production Inc.
Over 35 years experience in offshore construction and decommissioning projects working as an Operator (CITGO, OXY, Chevron), Contractor (B&R, WorleyParsons) and Consultant (TST, WINMAR). Win has as BSCE from Georgia Tech and an MSCE from the University of Houston. Extensive knowledge of the offshore oil and gas industry including clients, contractors, personnel, equipment, procedures, construction, installation and decommissioning techniques, and environmental and regulatory issues. Industry recognized as an expert in offshore decommissioning and reuse. Managed the decommissioning of 250+ offshore facilities and 30+ reuse projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Global work experience includes offshore decommissioning and reuse projects in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, West Africa, California, Alaska, Southeast Asia and South America. Championed for 25+ years the environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of obsolete platforms through placement in state sanctioned Rigs-to-Reefs programs.
Jelle A. Lanting
Jelle holds a Bachelor degree in Service Management and Master degree in Business (specialization in Global Business and Stakeholder Management) from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (RSM)
He started his career with Argos Oil an independent Oil Company, active in NW Europe. He was active as a marketeer in the B2B midstream/downstream segment. With Argos he was pioneering in the marketing and positioning of alternative fuels in the Rotterdam Harbour for shipping and industry.
Joined Mammoet Salvage three years ago as a Commercial Manager. Mammoet is world leader in engineered heavy lifting and transport. The Salvage department focus? on complex marine projects (salvage, wreck removal, decommissioning). Mammoet Salvage is a distinct player in the Salvage industry with its roots in onshore heavy lift and engineered solutions.
Capt John Noble
John Noble has worked in commercial shipping since 1962 when he joined HMS Conway. After obtaining his Master Mariners Certificate, John graduated with a Nautical Studies BSc from Southampton University. After a spell as a claims executive with Thomas Miller (UK Club), John set up the London office of Murray Fenton & Associates Limited in 1980.
Following the acquisition of Murray Fenton by BMT, in 2001, John served as Chief Executive Officer of the SALVAGE ASSOCIATION until 2005. John?s practical expertise lies in dealing with Salvage, Wreck Removal and Oil Pollution having attended some 60 major casualties, including a number in Turkish waters; notably the NASSIA/SHIPBROKER collision. John is an experienced expert witness recently offering expertise in unsafe port cases and salvage.
John has worked with all of the major salvage companies and served briefly as an SCR.
Until recently, John was an advisor to the International Salvage Union acting as the General Manager.
John is the technical editor of the Casualty Management Guidelines book published by the Nautical Institute in association with the ISU.
As a fellow of the Nautical Institute and The International Institute for Marine Surveying, John is involved in a number of projects.
Brian Nixon's long career in the energy industries was initially earned with private sector engineering organisations, including Motherwell Bridge and Wood Group.
Brian also has several years of public sector experience which started with a UK industry secondment as 1st Secretary, Oil & Gas, to the British Embassy in Angola in 2001, followed by a long period as Director of Energy with Scottish Enterprise.
He accepted his role as Chief Executive with Decom North Sea at the beginning of 2010. Brian is a European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Fellow of the Energy Institute.
James E. Ward
James Ward MBE Currently holds the position of Deputy Team Leader Salvage and Operation, with the Salvage and marine Operations (S&MO) Project Team, part of the Ministry of Defences, Defence Equipment and Support. He is responsible for Salvage and related Marine Operations, where he is directly responsible for the two MOD marine salvage units and the MOD in water maintenance and repair desk, providing tri-service worldwide marine salvage and in water maintenance and repair support and expertise.
As a Master Mariner he joined the MOD in 1991, following 15 years working in the commercial maritime industry. Since joining the MOD he has a variety of jobs within the Salvage and Mooring area. He qualified as a commercial diver in 1999 and was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his work on maritime salvage and protection of the maritime environment, and became a DE&S fellow in 2009. He has been directly involved with a number of salvage and marine operations including, the salvage of HMS Endurance off Chile, the survey of the Russian Submarine B159, the heavy lift of HMS Nottingham in Sydney harbour, the pilot oil extraction operation of HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow, phase 2 of the MV Derbyshire investigation and the environmental baseline studies and initial recovery phases of the Holy Loch debris clearance project.
A Master Mariner and Associate Director of LOC with primary responsibility for marine casualties; based in the London office he has a broad base of marine industry experience on oil, gas, chemical tankers, dry bulk carriers and container vessels.
He has extensive experience within all aspects of marine casualty response, incident management and accident investigation, including unsafe port and cargo claims, and salvage and wreck removal operations.
He has attended major offshore oil, gas and renewable energy construction projects throughout the world for marine warranty and consultancy purposes. He has also been involved with decommissioning tenders and is a member of the SUT Salvage and Decommissioning committee.
Having worked both at sea and ashore within the container industry, he has an in-depth knowledge of container operations and intermodal logistics throughout the supply chain.
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Charles Hume knows no other life than P&I having first joined the UK P&I Club straight after graduating with a law degree from Oxford University.
He joined the Shipowners' Club in September 1990 to head up the Claims Department and became Chief Executive in July 2004.
Charles chairs the International Group's Salvage Sub-Committee which co-ordinates the Group's response to developments in the world of salvage and maintains close links with the ISU which has many of the Club's Members as its own members. He also chairs the Group's P&I Qualification Working Group, which is seeking to develop a qualification for staff in all the Clubs.
Charles is delighted to be leading the Club in its endeavour to be the No. 1 liability insurer of smaller vessel owners worldwide, with the implementation of the strategy of developing offices in Singapore and Vancouver, as well as London, enabling the Club to extend its reach to all of its Members more easily.
Away from the office Charles enjoys vegetable gardening at home in the Kent countryside and the occasional round of golf, his knees being now too dodgy to withstand the tennis or squash which he used to play. He does not enjoy the gym but tries to go regularly and always finds it better than he expects to!
He has a wonderful wife, Sheila, and four wonderful children who are all in their 20s and now beyond paternal influence.
Professor Marcel Jaspars serves as the Chair of Organic Chemistry at The University of Aberdeen.
Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, 2003-
Sabbatical at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, 2004
Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, 2000-2003
Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, 1995-2000
Post-Doc, Crews Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1993-1995
Post-Doc, Burgess Lab, Texas A & M University, 1992-1993
PhD in Davis group, Trinity College, Dublin, Eire entitled "Electrophilic Catalysis of the Sakurai Reaction", 1987-1991
BA (Hons) Cantab, Natural Sciences (Chemistry)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Research Development Fellow, 2006-2009
American Society of Pharmacognosy Matt Suffness Award for young investigators, 2003
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chartered Chemist
Adviser to GlycoMar, Oban, CEO: Dr Charlie Bavington
Adviser to Aquapharm, Oban, CEO: Dr Andrew Mearns-Spragg
Chair of the editorial board, Natural Product Reports, Jan 2007-Dec 2010
Member of the editorial board for Journal of Marine Biotechnology.
Member of EPSRC Peer review college 2003-2009
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