OSSA BOARD 2019

OUR BOARD

Chair: Ross Brewer

Went to sea as deck apprentice with E&A but after 2 years resigned to work in the Melbourne office of P&O. Resigned again a few years later to go to London to study shipping. Offered a job with P&O in London in the shipbroking offices of Anderson Green & Co. Completed exams over a three year period and then spent 6 months in the New York office of Associated Bulk Carriers (a P&O jv with Nass Shipping). Returned to Australia to join Richard Hein in the newly formed General Shipping Division responsible for the shipbroking activities with Richard developing the new offshore shipping business of AOS.

In 1990 was appointed MD of the newly formed P&O Maritime Services which brought together all the non liner shipping activities of the Group under one umbrella. This encompassed AOS, P&O Polar, P&O Towage, Western Tug & Barge, Shipbroking, Ship Agency.

After a wonderful 14 years retired from P&O and went on the Board of AMSA for 8 years.

Now busier than ever working with a great team of people developing the activities of Offshore Specialist Ships Australia.

OSSA Chair

Chair Fundraising Committee

Member Grants Committee

 

Director  Dr. Jackie Watts OAM

Jackie Watts holds a Doctorate in Education (RMIT), postgraduate qualifications in Teaching & Librarianship (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University). Her areas of professional expertise include secondary & tertiary education, librarianship, research, vocational education and training (VET) professional development, commerce and community activism. Jackie has experience in both the non-profit & for-profit sectors, on and off-shore. 

Jackie was elected to Melbourne City Council 8 years ago and in 2012 became the first Chair of the Knowledge City Portfolio. She is also Deputy Chair of the People City Portfolio. Both portfolios represent the most significant economic and socially progressive areas of work on Council. Jackie is a leading advocate on Council for greater transparency, electoral reform, heritage preservation, gender equity, genuine community engagement and a more responsive, respectful Council. Jackie represents Council with the Bay Municipalities Association of Victoria and is Chair of Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network. She has a keen and abiding interest in heritage recognition, preservation and celebration, and in particular, maritime heritage

Director Capt. Dick Lowry AFNI

Commenced sea service in 1965 as Deck Cadet with Blue Star Line at the age of 16. Attained Cert. of Competency as Master in 1976. Served as deck officer in overseas shipping companies Blue Star Line, Port Line and Concordia Line until 1976.  Served with Australian National Line (ANL) through to 1980 then joined Australian Offshore Services (AOS) as 1st Mate. From 1980 until 2017 served as Deck Officer or Captain in Command in varied Offshore Support Vessels (OSV’s), Anchor Handler, Dive Support, DP Subsea & PSV’s. Finally serving as one of Farstad Shipping Indian Pacific’s Seagoing Mentors.

  • Associate Fellow Nautical Institute
  • Member OSSA Collections Committee
  • Chair OSSA IT Committee

Board/Other Positions held:

  • Member Tintern Grammar School Council
  • Vice President Tintern Association

Director

Peter Russell S Barrow

DOB 09/12/1952

Qualifications; Bachelor of Business; Transport Economics RMIT

Current Position; Director OSSA Ltd

Employment History

P&O Australia Ltd; Melbourne Feb 1971 to May 1975 (accounts and AOS)

Anderson Green and Co London UK 1976

P&O Australia Ltd; Melbourne 1977 to 1987 HR Officer and Assistant HR Manager

Brambles Shipping ; Melbourne HR Manager 1987 to 1989

Tidewater Port Jackson Marine ; Melbourne 1989 to 1997 HR Manager

P&O Maritime Services; Melbourne 1997 to 2003 HR General Manager

Farstad Shipping Indian Pacific P/L 2003 to 2015 retirement; HR General Manager

Board Positions held;

Seafarers Retirement Fund. 6 years

Australian Maritime Industry Ltd. 2 years

Other;

Life Member Glen Iris Cricket Club

Memberships; Southern Golf Club and Melbourne Cricket Club

Chair Membership Committee

Member Finance Committee

Member Newsletter Committee

Treasurer: Capt. Patrick O’Sullivan

A Master Mariner with extensive experience in the maritime industry, including blue water and offshore experience.  I have over twelve years Command experience.  An experienced ship handler – both conventional and Azi drive system, with impeccable safety record, I am a passionate mentor and advocate for high standards in training of junior officers. I am Unlimited DP Certified with experience in sub-sea projects.

Professional Membership

  • Company Of Master Mariners Australia
  • Assistant Branch Master 2008 – 2014
  • Treasurer 2016 – present
  • Associate Fellow Nautical Institute

Chair Finance Committee

Member Grants Committee

Board Member: Capt. Neil Butt

Commenced service in 1964 with British India as a deck cadet after 4 years pre-sea training at HMS Worcester. Served up to 2ndOfficer with BI (later incorporated into P&O General Cargo Division) until obtaining his Master’s certificate in 1973 and joined Australian Offshore Services as First Mate and promoted to Master in 1976, later came ashore as Operations Manager in 1979. Moved to Atlas Offshore in 1982 which was bought out by P&O a few years later. Re-joined AOS in February 1989 and served as Mate and Master before coming ashore as assistant operations Manager in November 1998. AOS was incorporated into P&O Maritime Services in 1990, served as Operations and Ship Manager until 2003 when P&OMS Offshore ships and personnel were bought by Farstad Shipping. Served as HSEQ and Quality Assurance Manager in Farstad Shipping (Indian Pacific) before retiring in June 2015. Now enjoying the challenges in helping with the development of Offshore & Specialist Ships Australia.

Chair IT Committee

Chair Collections Committee

Member Grants Committee

Board Member Stuart Wilson

Served a 5 year Electrical Apprenticeship with a Shipyard on the River Clyde in Glasgow (Alexander Stephens). During this period studied and gained a City & Guilds London Diploma in Electrical Engineering Level 3 Certificate using a combination of Day Release and Night Classes. Joined the Merchant Navy in 1967 employed by United Baltic Shipping serving on the vessel Baltic Star as 2ndElectrician. Transferred to the parent company Andrew Weir and served as Electrician on its vessel Forth Bank tramping worldwide. Then returned to College in Aberdeen to study Radio Communications qualifying as a Radio Officer with additional qualifications in Marine Radar Maintenance and City & Guilds London Telecommunications Diploma. Worked in Nigeria in various locations ashore on a 1 year contract installing telecommunications equipment for the Nigerian Army. Eventually  returned to a seagoing career with various companies initially on a freelance basis for some years before settling with Kuwait Oil Tanker Company until the mid-1980’s. I then worked in Saudi Arabia for 2 years with Aramco at their shore base located on West Pier, Rastanura and offshore on their Rigs and Platforms in the Persian Gulf maintaining telecom and marine electronic equipment. I then joined China Navigation (CNCo) and sailed with them on mainly Container Vessels as an Electro Technical Officer (ET0)  before returning to College in Melbourne (RMIT) to gain an Engineering Watchkeepers Certificate allowing me to sail as an Engineer/ETO. I returned to College (AMC Launceston) to complete Engineering studies (Advanced Diploma) in the mid 1990’s. I joined AOS in 2001 (subsequently Farstad Shipping)  as 1stEngineer on its AHTS vessels. In 2006 I was asked to ‘help out’ in the Melbourne Office as a relief Ship Manager. Subsequently after a number of temporary placements I became a permanent Ship Manager in charge of numerous company vessels up until retirement in 2014.

I have been involved with OSSA since its inception, being one of the original crew who helped to ‘save’ a great deal of Farstad memorabilia which would have been lost when they closed their Melbourne office in March 2017.

Chair Newsletter Committee

Member Exhibitions Committee

Minutes Secretary

Board Member: Reg McNee

Globalmarine executive with over fifty years of onshore and offshore experience primarily servicing the Oil & Gas industry. Started off career as a Marine Engineer, promoted to Chief Engineer and transitioned into a worldwide onshore management/consultancy role which has been ongoing for the past thirty years. Background in liaising with maritime unions, design, construction and commissioning of Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) and lead negotiating for all company kidnappings across Africa. Interests lie in technical support, business development and new contracts.

Sea Service

Equal time with both Blue Water Shipping  & Offshore.

Serving on General Cargo, Passenger, Oil Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Container Vessels, OSV.

Shore based Management

Harvard Business School Graduate year  2001

Served in Roles of Operations Manager, Technical Manager, General Manager, New Build Superintendent, continuing up to Senior Vice President & Board Member.

As Senior Vice President , overall responsibility for a Fleet of 340 OSV, operating in all Global Regions with the exception of the Americas.  Served on a number of Board positions in the past, during time with Tidewater & TPJM, at least 10 Companies.

Chair OSSA Exhibitions Committee

Member OSSA Fundraising Committee

Board Member Capt. Dick Lowry AFNI

Commenced sea service in 1965 as Deck Cadet with Blue Star Line at the age of 16. Attained Cert. of Competency as Master in 1976. Served as deck officer in overseas shipping companies Blue Star Line, Port Line and Concordia Line until 1976.  Served with Australian National Line (ANL) through to 1980 then joined Australian Offshore Services (AOS) as 1st Mate. From 1980 until 2017 served as Deck Officer or Captain in Command in varied Offshore Support Vessels (OSV’s), Anchor Handler, Dive Support, DP Subsea & PSV’s. Finally serving as one of Farstad Shipping Indian Pacific’s Seagoing Mentors.

  • Associate Fellow Nautical Institute
  • Member OSSA Collections Committee
  • Chair OSSA IT Committee

Board/Other Positions held:

 

  • Member Tintern Grammar School Council
  • Vice President Tintern Association

West Australian Representative: Ian Del Rosso

Started life at Lombardo Marine Group in the late eighties, in Operations , was part of the start-up of the then Mermaid Marine Management Services which became Total Marine Services and ended up Area Manager of Darwin looking after rig manning ( Robert F Bauer/Zapata Arctic/Sedco 708 and several support vessels/AHTS and PSVs.

1993 joined up with Swire Pacific Offshore and remained there in various operations/HSE roles till 2002

2002 Joined Tidewater as Area Manager Area 2003 (Aust/NZ/PNG)

2007 Joined Offshore Marine Services as GM/CEO

2010 Joined Programmed Total Marine as Executive GM, completing a full circle back to TMS.

2012 Joined Go Marine Group as CEO

2015 Joined Australian Offshore Solutions as GM Operations.

Had a varied career in the business since I left High School and have been fortunate to have had the experiences and opportunities that I have had with some wonderful mentors, Sam Pullan (SPO) and Reg McNee (TDW) in particular.

I am excited to be part of OSSA, it brings together my passion for the history of this sector of the industry and the excitement of preserving the memory of the pioneering early days so that these ships and crews are not forgotten.

Member Membership Committee

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