John Halcrow, Managing Director
A marine engineer with a career spanning over 40 years with a unique and detailed knowledge of the shipping, offshore and associated support industries, accompanied by strong analytical and problem solving skills; sound commercial awareness; considerable project management experience and the ability to adapt to many differing working environments.
John commenced his seagoing career with Blue Star Line in 1976 attending Aberdeen Technical College and subsequently South Shields Marine and Technical College completing his cadetship in 1980.
He served on reefer ships trading principally between Central/South America the US Gulf and Europe before leaving Blue Star and returning to Shetland at a time when major oil industry projects were getting underway.
He worked onshore for a period, both self-employed and with plant hire contractors providing services to the major infrastructure projects being constructed at that time, notably the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal and the new Lerwick Power Station. He was soon however back offshore working firstly with Schlumberger Oil Services on the Ninian Central oil platform, and later back at sea with Offshore Marine on their offshore support vessels.
John joined Shetland Towage in 1981, serving initially as 2nd and later as Chief Engineer, gaining his Class 1 Motor certificate in 1994. He has served on conventional twin screw, ASD and Voith Schneider tugs ranging in power from 3,000 – 6,600kw and 45 - 90t bollard pull.
In 2002 John formed Shetland Maritime Ltd a marine consultancy and survey company based in Shetland which undertakes a range of marine services, particularly for the offshore support industry.
With the formation of Shetland Marineco Ltd in 2013, he has been increasingly involved with the commercial and legislative aspects of shipping and offshore services.
John is a Member of the Baltic Exchange as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), Member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF), Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS) and is an Accredited Mediator having trained with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
John has worked as Chief Engineer, Marine Warranty Surveyor, Client Marine Representative and Expert Witness and is a member of the Baltic Expert Witness Association (BEWA).
He is an International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Accredited Vessel Inspector (AVI), International Safety Management (ISM) Lead Auditor and is the Lead Examiner for the ICS Offshore Support Industry training programme.