Maritime compliance managers all on deck

Safe Seas Clean Seas Issue 43, April 2013

As part of MNZ’s strategic shift in approach to become evidence-based, intelligence-led and risk-focused, MNZ underwent a review of its frontline and associated functions.

A strengthened compliance focus has resulted in a number of structural changes and new appointments, with the establishment of a Maritime Compliance Group led by Harry Hawthorn (formerly General Manager of the Rena response Group), who was appointed to his current role on 30 August 2012.

Maritime compliance manager appointments were confirmed in the latter part of 2012 and first part of 2013, with the managers profiled below.

National Advisor Industry Support

Baz Kirk

Baz has a long association with the maritime industry, starting his career as a crewman on fishing boats out of Gisborne in the late 70s. After gaining his commercial skippers ticket in 1983, he skippered fishing boats and was involved in most aspects of the fishing industry.

Baz Kirk
Baz Kirk.
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After he came ashore in the mid-90s, Baz began working as a fishing tutor at a maritime school in Gisborne. He then took on the role of programme coordinator, involved in accreditation, academic quality management, vessel compliance and health and safety. Focusing on high achievement and ‘can do’ attitudes, the maritime school was well known for producing quality students.

A long-serving volunteer for Coastguard, Baz took up a role as Operations Manager for Coastguard Eastern Region, involving himself heavily in people and systems management, along with vessel compliance in Safe Ship Management (SSM). A strong focus on leadership and commitment saw Baz leading teams of volunteers tasked with effecting change and improvement of systems for the benefit of the organisation.

Baz’s long association with MNZ meant that joining as Manager Commercial and Recreational Liaison in February 2012 was a natural step. His work developing networks and enhancing links with industry has led to his current role as National Advisor Industry Support in December 2012, based in Auckland. This role has a strong focus on the implementation of the Maritime Operator Safety System (MOSS), working alongside the three regional managers and their teams.

Baz is known for his ‘can do’ attitude, leadership skills and ability to engage with industry. He holds the following qualifications: Commercial Skipper, Senior Master Search and Rescue Vessel, and National Certificate Adult Education and Training.

Regional Compliance Manager Northern

Deane Ingram

Deane’s leadership experience was developed throughout 20 years of service as a naval officer with the Royal New Zealand Navy. Recently employed as Commanding Officer, Mine Counter Measures Team, at Devonport, Deane led the global specialist underwater search team on a variety of global deployments, including a local deployment during the Rena response.

Dean Ingram
Dean Ingram.
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Prior to that, he was the Operations Officer, developing and introducing an amphibious operation through designing innovative logistics solutions. In 2009, Deane was second-in-command of HMNZS Endeavour.

During his time in the Navy, Deane also held a number of senior project roles. As Future Capability Project Officer, he investigated the viability of an operation, and as Amphibious Operations Development Project Officer, he developed a change management plan to transition a new operation into business as usual. Deane was also the project manager for the development and introduction of a new interagency computer network.

As a Staff Officer at Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, Deane was the Lead Planner for Maritime Operations and the Naval Liaison Officer for the National Maritime Co-ordination Centre. This work included the establishment of new Standing Operating Procedures and Interagency Protocols.

Deane is also a commercially qualified skipper with experience driving charter vessels. He joined MNZ in March 2013 as Regional Compliance Manager Northern.

Regional Compliance Manager Central

Pelin Davison

Prior to joining MNZ, Pelin worked as a senior consultant for Classification Society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in their Singapore office. During her 10 years with DNV, Pelin mainly worked in the area of risk management and safety and environmental management system implementation.

Pelin Davison
Pelin Davison.
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This included managing and delivering projects that helped ship owners, charterers and regulators assess operational and strategic risk, identify solutions and implement appropriate risk-mitigating actions. Pelin was a key member of the team supporting clients in achieving the safety culture that they desired and that was expected of them from customers, regulators and the general public.

Pelin joined MNZ in November 2008 and was appointed to the Manager of the Safety and Environmental Audit Team role in June 2010 and then, in December 2012, to the role of Regional Compliance Manager Central. Her new role is focused on leading a team of regionally based Maritime Officers, who have a range of compliance tools available, including advice, education, audits, inspections and investigations.

Pelin also has a national portfolio responsibility for national standards and consistency of audits, including any audits that may be undertaken under the proposed MOSS framework, and is based in Wellington.

Regional Compliance Manager Southern

David Billington

David began his maritime career as a deckhand on fishing vessels in 1986. He developed his qualifications over the next 18 years at sea, rising first to skipper on fishing trawlers. He then transferred to the merchant navy, where he rose through the ranks to ship’s master (captain) on board P&O passenger roll-on roll-off vessels.

David Billington
David Billington.
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He holds a British Foreign Going Master Mariner Certificate of Competency along with qualifications, among other things, in nautical science (HND), health and safety, the carriage of dangerous goods, bridge management, and offshore oil and gas, along with Lloyds Diploma in Marine Investigation.

David has extensive experience at sea, working on fishing trawlers, tankers, cargo vessels, offshore oil and gas dynamic positioning vessels (such as drill ships and cable laying vessels), and roll-on roll-off passenger vessels around the world.

He has also worked as a lecturer in offshore oil and gas and maritime safety training at the Fleetwood Nautical Campus in the UK and spent 17 years as a volunteer lifeboat crewman with the UK Royal National Lifeboat Institute. During this time, David was involved in numerous search and rescue incidents at sea.

David began working with MNZ in August 2004, after emigrating to New Zealand with his wife and two children. He has worked for MNZ for nine years in the roles of Investigator in Wellington, and Maritime Safety Inspector based in Lyttelton.

He was seconded to the Rena Response Group in February 2012 as the Tauranga Response and Recovery Manager. Based in Tauranga, David was responsible for the monitoring and superintending of the salvage of Rena, which also involved extensive stakeholder engagement with iwi and local regional council staff.

David was appointed to the position Regional Manager Southern in February 2013, and is based in Christchurch.

Manager Intelligence and Planning, Wellington

Paul Fantham

Paul is a former detective with the New Zealand Police’s Criminal Investigation Branch. He began his police career as a constable and later progressed to become a detective.

Paul has extensive experience analysing intelligence for policing operations. He also has experience using intelligence-led models and has developed a range of intelligence products to resolve crime and reduce serious offending.

David Billington
David Billington.
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He joined MNZ as an Investigator five years ago and was soon elevated to a Senior Investigator. In this role, Paul undertook several high-profile inquiries, including investigations into the Ady Gil collision, Mad Dog river boarding fatality, the San Cuvier grounding, and a variety of other sensitive matters and fatalities. Paul’s contributions to these challenging investigations resulted in highly successful results for both the maritime community and MNZ.

During 2012, as Manager, Rena Investigation, Paul led the investigation into the grounding of the cargo vessel Rena. Paul managed and led the investigation that resulted in the successful prosecution of ship’s master, second officer and owner. He also supported Crown-led civil negotiations to successfully recover significant clean-up costs.

Paul has been a recreational boatie for most of his life, buying his first boat at 16. He is a keen fisherman and enjoys spearfishing.

He was appointed to the role Manager, Intelligence and Planning in January 2013, and is based in Wellington.

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